Monday, November 11, 2013

The Jesus Story by Dr. William H. Marty Book Review

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book: 

 Rediscover This Compelling Story The story of Jesus is the most remarkable ever told. It's an exciting adventure, a tender love story, and a drama full of danger, betrayal, and the ultimate sacrifice. But sometimes the genealogies, the confusing repetition, and the varying order of events in the Gospels can distract readers from this powerful narrative. Or maybe you've heard the story so many times that it has lost its impact. Here, Dr. William Marty presents the complete narrative of Jesus in an easy-to-read, chronological account. It's a fascinating retelling of everything from his birth to his ascension--as well as what happened in the church after he left. The Jesus Story is perfect if you want to get to know Jesus better or recapture the amazement of hearing his story for the first time.

My thoughts:

I think the majority of people who come to Christ want to feel as deep a connection as possible to Him and I think one huge way to accomplish that is to read The Bible. I know that because there are so many different translations/versions available that sometimes it's hard to know which one will be the right fit for you and which will give you a clear understanding of what happens and what it is all about. Dr. William Henry has written The Jesus Story with that in mind. He's written in this book a conversational version of all the events of Jesus' life beginning with his birth all the way through the crucifixion and ending with the story of the church (Acts) in a conversational tone in very plain English. What I really like about this book is that it would make a perfect gift for a new Christian. Sometimes picking up The Bible for the first time can be overwhelming, it's so big and so full of so many pages, why not start with the bare basics- the story of Jesus and how He's saved us. The chapters are broken down by event and all begin with a list of characters and the setting for where the story took place. This makes it really easy to keep up with what's going on and where each event took place. The way the book is written makes it extremely easy to follow along on the journey of Christ's life and death. Each chapter also ends with a summary to help re-iterate what you've just read. I think this book would make a great addition to any Christian home library, either to grab yourself for when you want to have a quiet time meditating on Jesus and his sacrifice or as a teaching tool to have around to offer to new Christian's who might be overwhelmed with The Bible initially. 

About the author:

Dr. William H. Marty (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute and has published two textbooks, Surveying the New Testament and Survey of the Old Testament. He is unique among Bible college professors in that he teaches and writes on both the New and Old Testaments. Dr. Marty lives with his wife in Chicago.

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The Jesus Story is available now at and other retailers nationwide. 

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