Dr. Marty provides an easy-to-read version of the story of Jesus from his birth to events after his death, including early missionary trips. Each chapter begins with a list of characters featured in that section of the story, as well as the setting of the story and ends with a summary of events from that chapter.
I love books like this that take the Bible and put it into language that is easily understood. This one is a little different from others that I have read, where others take events and characters from the Bible and fictionalize them, this one takes the Bible and summarizes events in a very easy-to-understand manner. Although there are different translations of the Bible that are easier to read than others, this book offers more of a summary approach.
What I enjoyed the most about this book is that I was already familiar with the topic, but it made me think of it in a different way. Sometimes it is easy to think, “Oh, I already know about this” when reading the Bible and just skim over the section. Because the language is so different in this book than the Bible, it made me stop and think. It is not a line by line paraphrase of the life of Jesus, it is a broad overview that was helpful in seeing the big picture.
This book would be perfect for teenagers to read, especially if they experience frustration with reading the language or phrasing in the Bible. I can see where it could give them enough information to hunger for reading the Bible to get all the details of the story. I also think it would be perfect for new believers to get the big picture to give them a basic familiarity to draw on when they read the Bible. Where the Bible can be intimidating to read and understand sometimes, this is a nice, small book that is easy-to-read. This would also be a nice read-aloud with younger children.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. If you want to revisit the story of Jesus with fresh eyes, give this book a try!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.