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Woven: Understanding the Bible as One Seamless Story

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Does the Bible feel confusing and complicated to you? Perhaps some of it feels familiar, but overall, does it feel impossible to navigate? Maybe you recognize the stories, but you just don’t know how they all fit together. 
 
Yet they do fit together. 
 
In her unique and remarkably readable way, Angie Smith—bestselling author of What Women Fear, Mended, I Will Carry You,
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Published March 16th 2021 by B Books
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Becky
Feb 18, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021books
First sentence: I was in my early twenties when a couple of new friends invited me to a Bible study.

Angie Smith's newest book, Woven, sets out to tell the big picture story of the Bible in a reader-friendly, super-accessible way. The intended audience she has in mind are those that are new--even completely new--to the Bible. To folks who might not know there is an Old Testament or a New Testament. To those who may not know that there are sixty-six books in the Bible. To those who may not know wh
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Allison
Mar 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you loved Seamless, you'll love Woven. It's the chapter book version with more content! Not only does Angie do an amazing job of teaching the bible as one story, her writing is like sitting down with a friend. She's so relatable and it draws you in. I am so excited to read with my small group next month! ...more
Bethany
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"Not only is the Bible one story, it’s a story you are now a part of."

I really enjoy reading books/studies by Angie Smith. She is funny and light hearted, but there is also plenty of content to digest. My firsts experience with Angie Smith was her Bible study, Seamless. If you have not read that study, I highly recommend going through it. You will see the same theme in her newest book, Woven. In this book, Smith teaches that the Bible is one big story, from Genesis to Revelation. We often do not
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Karen McG
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Woven takes you through Biblical history with your best friend by your side. Angie Smith writes and teaches the Bible in a way that is fun and easy to understand. For the new believer or the seasoned Bible buff, this book has fun facts and history to keep you interested. As someone who reads the Bible daily, I was able to see the stories from a whole different perspective. The author shows us how each book connects to the next while all pointing to Jesus. This book is perfect to keep with your B ...more
Janna Honeycutt
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book! This book! Angie has outdone herself this time with this one.

This would be a perfect book for anyone who is new to Christianity or anyone who just wants to understand The Bible better.

It is easy to read.
It is easy to understand.
Highly recommend!

I will be buying several as gifts
Anne
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was ok
Woven
Understanding the Bible as One Seamless Story
by Angie Smith
Back of the Book: “Does the Bible feel confusing and complicated to you? Perhaps some of it feels familiar, but overall, does it feel impossible to navigate? Maybe you recognize the stories, but you just don’t know how they all fit together. Yet they do fit together.
In her unique and remarkably readable way, Angie Smith—bestselling author of What Women Fear, Mended, I Will Carry You, and Seamless—helps you tie together all the loos
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Kali Smith
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Run, don’t walk, to get your copy of Angie Smith’s newest release, Woven. Whether you’re new to the Bible or well versed, this read will take you on a journey like no other. For the new believer, this book will be such a helpmate for you. Angie lays it all out: timelines, maps, connections, relationships, and order. She’s done so much work to eliminate stress for you when taking on the Bible. Not only does she teach the truth, but she does it in a such a way that you never feel bogged down with ...more
Nora St Laurent
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by the bible study Angie Smith did, Seamless. I loved her transparency, her humor, and the way she put things together for people that did not grow up in church and/or if they did how to tie things together from Old Testament and New. Likewise, I appreciated her use of visual aids with maps, pictures, and other tools to help bring these stories to life.

Furthermore, I enjoyed this book as the author continues the same style of writing and teaching about how bible characters relat
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Shawna
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Angie Smith writes with humor and heart. As you read her book, it reads as if you are chatting with a friend.

“That’s because the Bible is unlike any other book in all the world.... It’s a library of books. It’s made up of historical accounts and spiritual instruction and handwritten letters and—just some outright beautiful writing—prophecy, poetry, praise songs, personal conversations.”
“The books of the Bible are not entirely in order... Who is up to the task of reading a sixty-six-volume set (
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Lauren Kornegay (fortwords)
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Woven • Angie Smith
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“for every impossible setback, came a redemptive response.”
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I really enjoyed this book! It does a good job of giving you a flyover view of the entire Bible and connecting all the stories together.

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I don’t really have anything negative to say! Could be a bit redundant for those who are very familiar with the Bible, but I still think for the most well versed in scripture this bo
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Chrissie
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
🧶 Book Review 🧶

🧶 Woven by Angie Smith

🧶 Publication Date - 16th March 2021

🧶 For many people, the Bible feels impossible to navigate. Parts of it might be familiar, but they seem like a collection of loose, unrelated threads. Smith helps you see how they're all knit together into one cohesive, complete story. And once you've seen the big picture, you'll glimpse it on every page! 

🧶 Angie sets out to explain how the Bibles big picture in a super easy, friendly manner. Her intended audience is brand
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Christine
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t familiar with Angie Smith before this book, but her warm, open style of writing drew me in from the very first pages, inviting me to explore with her and dive deeper into the Big Story of Scripture. Love for God and others drips from the pages, welcoming friends old and new into the study of God’s word without pretense. Her words draw me in and make me eager to see more of the vision she has uncovered. Angie has a way with words and an understanding of Scripture that will be a blessing ...more
Kami
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Reading Angie Smith’s Woven is like sitting down and having a cup of coffee with a girlfriend while leaning in for a really good story. As a new believer, I completed Angie’s Seamless Bible study and her new release Woven is the perfect follow up, getting deeper into the Word. She writes with love and wit, humor and compassion, relating what we read to our lives today. Woven is for anyone that feels overwhelmed by the Bible and anyone who wants to dive deeper into the Word, discovering how each ...more
Ivy
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2021
I have loved Angie Smith's writing since her blog back in the day. I have read many of her other books since then, but I think this one would have to be my favorite.

First of all, the macrame on the cover is textured! (Isn't this cover gorgeous?). Also, this book delivers exactly what the tagline says: understanding the Bible as one seamless story. This book is great for believers and non-believers as it goes through an overview of many famous Bible stories and characters (and some less famous on
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Kelly Tardella
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love to read, and this is one book that you must add to your collection. I have read all of Angie Smith's books and bible studies and this one, BY FAR, is the best!!! Angie will take you on a narrative journey through the Bible and she will bring together both the Old and New Testament right before your eyes. Angie has a gift for telling a story so that you actually feel as it is happening "right before your eyes" and it is one of her best gifts! Prepare to laugh, shed a tear, and be amazed as ...more
Christy Flickinger
Mar 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It goes through the full story of the Bible and focuses on the metanarrative of scripture, the thread of God’s love and plan from Genesis to Revelation. This book reminded me of the old saying “not seeing the forest from the trees” because people can sometimes focus on particular sections of the Bible and miss the larger story. I think this book does a wonderful job focusing on the big story. It’s great for new/young believers to learn God’s big story and it’s great for longtim ...more
Lisa
Mar 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Angie Smith has a way with words. She takes the different chapters of the bible and shows how they "weave" together and flow. Throughout the book, the books that I have been reading for a long time came alive and I also learned some new things. Angie's writing is very fun, energetic, and she has a way of helping you see the bigger picture. I recommend this to anyone who thought the Bible was too overwhelming as this book is a great help.

Thank you to B&H Publishing Group, and Netgalley for my ad
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Emily Hilderbrand Rowley
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I recently started another study about the life of Jesus, also by Angie. As I was reading I realized there was some background knowledge I needed to better understand his story. Mainly from the old testament. About the same time, I saw this book and got an advanced copy. I love how Angie explains everything so simply so I am not caught up in the scholar of the bible but in the stories and how the bible is woven together. She uses her wit and humor to make studying the bible enjoyable and not so ...more
Jennie Webb
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love this overview of God's Word! The author also "weaves" humor in, which is nice. It even has maps in among the chapters, though I couldn't see them because I have an advance e-copy from NetGalley--guess I'll have to get the real thing! ;)
This book is simple enough for beginning Bible readers, but interesting enough for long time readers such as myself.
Thank you for the advance copy! I really appreciate it. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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Mhughessc
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
In "Woven" Angie Smith does a fantastic job of showing the interconnectedness of all the stories of the Bible. Using her trademark humor and transparency, she makes the Bible come alive and reveals the thread weaving it all together. While there wasn't a whole lot in the study that I haven't heard before, I think this would be a really wonderful book for a new believer or someone who hasn't spent much time studying God's Word.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
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Raquel Eufracio
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Angie Smith seamlessly weaves the big picture of the Bible together in this book. With her humor, she teaches the reader about the thread that connects each story and book in the Bible. Although I am not the target audience for this book, I would highly recommend it to new believers or those who are new to reading the Bible.

Thank you Netgalley for an advanced reader's copy. These opinions are my own.
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Jessica Cooper
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Angie Smith has once again helped me fall in love with the Old Testament in her new book Woven. She is a captivating author who draws you in with humor, knowledge and clarity. She is real and her writing makes it easy for all to understand. This book would be a fabulous read for a new believer, but also is insightful for those who have been reading the Bible for years. I would highly recommend this book!
Stela
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love reading books by Angie Smith. Seamless & Matchless were 2 of my favorites but, Woven is by far my favorite now. Angie brought us deeper this time & still made me laugh. I had so many aha moments! I’m no stranger to my Bible, I’ve read it cover to cover many times but, Angie shines a bright light weaving everything together. I love reading my Bible & Woven made that even better. Thank you Angie Smith for listening to the Holy Spirit.
Melody Norris
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Whether you’re new to the Bible or have been reading it daily for years, Woven will speak to your heart & bring you more understanding of the Bible as a whole story. Angie Smith has been one of my favorite authors for years and this book is quickly becoming one of my favorites of hers. Angie will make you think, show you how this person & event connect to this person & event, and make you laugh along the way.
Julie Kliewer
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved every second of reading this book. It is a wonderful resource for people of all experience levels. The Bible as a whole can be very intimidating, so if you're looking for something to simplify the whole story, this is the perfect book. In addition, even if you've been reading the Bible your whole life, Angie offers a fresh perspective that I had never considered. I love her views on Peter and Paul. You absolutely need to read this book! ...more
Lisa
Mar 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book!!

I love this book! Angie Smith has a special gift when it comes to helping you look at more the Bible differently. As one story, not a bunch of disjointed things put together in one book. For me, the way Angie explains the Bible, infusing her special brand of humor, actually helps better put together the prophecies and where they are fulfilled, and makes me feel closer to God then ever before. It’s very special.
Leslie Morgan
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads
Wow. Just such an incredible perspective on the Bible as a whole. She goes from genesis to revelation and shows how the stories are “woven” together. I really enjoyed her writing style though a few of her jokes did hit me funny at times. I can easily overlook that because of the enjoyment of the story of the Bible. I highly recommend this. I think it would be especially great for a new follow of Christ.

**I received an advanced reader copy of this book. All opinions are my own**
Cassidy Garber
Apr 10, 2021 rated it liked it
I love Angie Smith’s books and Bible Studies. Woven provides an excellent overview of the Bible. This book would be great for new believers, but even as someone who has grown up studying the Bible I was still moved by the reminder that the Bible is a story of “God’s pursuing love. Irresistible. Unstoppable. A story of rebellion that he gracefully transformed (and continues to transform) into a story of redemption.”
Sydney Levi
Apr 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books of the year! This book is needed in this post Christian/ Bible illiterate culture. Angie Smith brings the story of the Bible to life and connects the dots in world history with Biblical history. This is an easy read. Smith doesn’t assume the reader knows they Bible and gives confidence to the reader that the entire Bible is worth reading. She champions the truth that all of scripture is important!
Megan Caillouet
3.5-3.75 stars. Overall detailed descriptions that make the Bible easy to understand. Although, the author left a lot up to the reader to remember while also trying to retain a lot of information — making connections to previous books in the Bible but never actually explaining the connection. I liked Angie Smith’s writing style, but some comments/jokes she made throughout the book were almost like outbursts and made no sense to the context of the chapter.
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