About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now enjoy reading to my granddaughter and supporting authors through my reviews!

Monday, January 17, 2022

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable by William H. Marty

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable
ABOUT THE BOOK

Jesus knew the power of stories to touch people's hearts, so he used parables to teach his followers about the kingdom of God. If you want to know God better, the keys are in the parables.

This book provides short studies on every parable in the Bible. You'll learn what God wants us to know from the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the talents, the sower, and many more.

Each study includes a summary of the parable, the Scripture reference where it can be found, information on the historical and cultural setting, and key points. At the end of each study are questions that open the door to discussion, reflection, or further investigation and help you get to the heart of the parable.

A wonderful tool for small groups or to add variety to your personal devotions. Let these studies draw you nearer to God as they enhance your understanding of his Word.


MY THOUGHTS.....

I've always been fascinated by the parables that Jesus shared in his teachings, but I admit that some of them are hard for me to understand. This new book by Dr. William H. Marty is just what I need, and it's one that I'll use time and time again! Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable has all of the New Testament parables, plus two from the Old Testament, and Dr. Marty explains them in a way that all of us can comprehend. This book is divided into two sections, The Nature of the Kingdom and The Ethics of the Kingdom, and it's here that we can learn more about the thirty-five parables in the New Testament. Each chapter begins with the parable title, where it's found, and the author's takeaway about it. The discussion is invaluable because it shows how this parable applied to the culture of Jesus's time, instead of how it pertains to today's circumstances, and a set of questions and a suggested memory verse offer even greater insight.

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable is definitely a book for all audiences, and I recommend it for both personal use or small group study. New Christians, seasoned Christians, worship leaders...this is a valuable resource for all of you!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. William H. Marty has taught at Moody Bible Institute for 40 years. His main emphasis has been teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the storyline of the Bible has been published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. Bill lives in Chicago with his wife, Linda, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Bill is an active triathlete and has competed at the national and international levels.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible by William Marty, Troy Schmidt (Abridged by), Heath McPherson (Illustrations)

The Whole Bible Story: Everything That Happens in the Bible
ABOUT THE BOOK

In this young reader's edition of an ongoing seller, Dr. William Marty's retelling of the entire narrative of the Bible is an easy-to-read, chronological account formatted to appeal to a younger audience. Engaging illustrations throughout will enhance young readers' experience as the plot and characters of Scripture come to life in new and exciting ways. 

From Genesis . . .
"In the beginning, God created everything out of nothing."

What do all the Bible stories actually mean?
Will the Bible be too boring for me?
Why is the Bible so long?

Have you ever asked--or been too embarrassed to ask--any of these questions? This young reader's edition of The Whole Bible Story will help you understand what the stories in the Bible are actually all about and how every single one of them fits together to tell one big story about God and his love for people--including you!

Along with the story of the Bible in words you can easily understand, in every chapter you will find great bonus material like exciting illustrations, fun facts and trivia about the Bible stories, simple lists of important characters and places, and easy-to-follow ways to apply the themes to your own life.

After reading The Whole Bible Story, you will understand what's so exciting about the Bible and why God's Word matters to you!

. . . to Revelation
"God has all of history-- past, present, future-- in his hands."


MY THOUGHTS.....

This is a wonderful resource for the young people in your life! Troy Schmidt has edited Dr. William H. Marty's classic book, The Whole Bible Story, into an easy-to-read book that shares 'everything that happens in the Bible'. From Genesis to Revelation, from the Creation to the beginning of the New Testament Church in The Book of Acts....it's all here and it's perfect for young readers. There are nineteen chapters filled with Bible scripture and eye-catching black and white illustrations by Heath McPherson, and each chapter ends with special thoughts and tips to increase understanding.

This is an appealing and enjoyable way to introduce God's Word to your children or grandchildren, and I believe that The Whole Bible Story would also be a wonderful addition to your church library.

I received a copy from Bethany House Publishers. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 



ABOUT THE AUTHORS


Dr. William H. Marty
 has taught at Moody Bible Institute for 40 years. His main emphasis has been teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the storyline of the Bible has been published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. Bill lives in Chicago with his wife, Linda, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Bill is an active triathlete and has competed at the national and international levels.



Troy Schmidt is a writer with credits in publishing, television and video
.  Some of the highlights of his career include: "The American Bible Challenge" - Producer; "Hermie & Friends" - Writer of this popular Max Lucado series; "GLO" - Host, writer of documentary "In His Shoes"; "The Mickey Mouse Club" - writer for three seasons

Troy is also a Campus Pastor at First Baptist Church of Windermere, FL where he has worked since 1997

He has written a number of books for children and inspirational books for adults.