Naga Chokkanathan

Heroes & Villains Of The Bible

Posted on: January 2, 2012

First of all, a big congrats (and thanks) to Tommy Nelson. There are many books about bible, thousands of slices are possible from this great book, when you look at it from different perspectives, and this book is a winner.

Conceptwise, it is quite simple. A book with lots and lots of stories, some of them about good people and some about bad people. End of each story, there is a small discussion on why (and how) they became good / bad and what lessons we can learn from their life.

With this simple idea, Tama Fortner (Compiling editor of this book) has hit a home run. Each story is just 2 or 3 pages with simple text (from international children’s bible) and wonderful diagrams (all images from Eikon Bible art!). This makes reading a breeze.

Most important, each story finishes with a practical example, means the author says how this can be used in real life and you too can become a hero (or stop yourself from becoming a villain). These examples are simple and sweet, target audience will love them.

However, one comment I want to make is, the text in this book can be a bit more story like. As the publishers have decided to use bible text, there is a disconnect in many places. May be they could have opted for a 1 page story, followed by 2 to 3 pages of actual bible text, Short stories will pull people inside and the bible reference will give them more details.

Other than this small issue, I loved the book. Excellent production, clear printing (images, text and beautiful layout) and it is a recommended reading for everyone, especially children.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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1 Response to "Heroes & Villains Of The Bible"

has the book been published yet?

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