Saturday, September 1, 2012

Story by Steven James ~ review

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (August 1st 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800731131
  • ASIN: B002PJ4OBA

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Published August 1st 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company
Stories are an integral part of the human condition, the way we have passed on history and information and inspiration for millenia. Using the power of imagery and the drama of narrative, bestselling author and professional storyteller Steven James leads readers through a journey into the greatest story ever told. From creation to Christ's birth, from his first miracle to eternity and everything in between, readers will see familiar scenes from the Bible like they never have before. These stories, retold as only Steven James can, will wake readers spiritually, re-inspire their faith journey, and jolt them into action. 
Now repackaged, this well-received book is poised for renewed impact in the lives of believers.

My take on this book:
I am always looking for new ways to learn about the Bible, so I figured that I would give "Story" a chance, after all the synopsis promises that it will allow readers to see familiar Bible scenes in a whole new way. Honestly for me I just couldn't connect with the book, and found myself struggling to finish it. I really didn't enjoy the authors way of breathing life into the stories was something that I didn't enjoy. One chapter that really stood out for me was titled "Blood" in which the story of Cain and Abel are told, the author writes as if he is telling the story thru the eyes of  Cain. The way the author describes  the scene that plays out really sort of creeped me out.To be fair I would also say there were a few chapters that I enjoyed reading, one was Dawn in which the author tells the story of resurrection, I thought it was great that the author provided scripture verses for the reader to look up.
 Overall, a book that I didn't enjoy reading, but honestly I think I just enjoy a more traditional telling of Bible stories.I but would say if your looking for a different perspective on Biblical stories it just might be what your looking for.

Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.


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