This compilation of stories includes many of the better-known scenes from the Bible, organized chronologically from the book of Genesis through Revelation. The New King James Version of the Bible is similar in style to the original translation, but without the archaic (yet poetic) language. As a result, it is easier to read out loud than the same passages from the KJV Bible.
The majority of the entries are from the Old Testament, and some of them I wasn’t familiar with. This was a good introduction to them, and inspired me to dig deeper by reading the surrounding passages in the Bible itself. Having the verses listed at the top of each story made it easy to find them in my Study Bible, which also contains footnotes that clarify the events. I would have liked to have explanatory footnotes on a few of the stories in this book, especially the ones from the Old Testament, as many of the customs are difficult to understand unless you’ve studied ancient history.
Not all books of the Bible are represented, and there are some familiar stories missing, including most of the parables of Jesus. Since this isn’t meant to be a complete Bible that isn’t really a complaint—just an observation. I like the lengthy Table of Contents, which gives a title to each story, the Bible reference, and the page number where it is located.
I like this book. It makes a nice addition to anyone’s collection, and is attractive enough to give as a gift.
This book was provided to me for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.