Book Review: The Whole Bible Story by Dr. William H. Marty
|The Whole Bible Story: Everything that Happens in the Bible in Plain English|
In the table of contents, the author lists the Scriptural references for each story he retells. I think that is great, but could have been better placed within the text--just as a matter of convenience. Instead of turning back and forth to the table of contents, the reader would be able to see the Scriptural reference along with the text for easier comparison and study.
Upon reading this book, I must say that it is very easy to read, with very simple language use. I also liked that it piqued my interest in things I had not noticed in the Bible before. In my mission to double check the author's accuracy in retelling the Bible, I picked up on interesting facts about people, places, and events. For example, I did not realize that part of the earth's flooding came from the oceans and seas being opened up, and not just from the rain from heaven. This book pointed out that fact. The Bible says:
With that said, however, I did not like the author's inaccuracy of the sequence of events and historical facts. Not only is the Bible God's Word for our lives, but it also an amazing source of historical information and should be treated respectfully for both reasons. For example, the author states, "When Hagar gave birth to her son, Abraham named him Ishmael. Abraham was eighty" (p. 26). However, that is not completely correct. "Abraham" was still "Abram" at the time and the Bible says: