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3.0 out of 5 starsThis is a commentary
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2019
I bought this thinking it was going to be a reading of the Bible in chronological order. I was a little disappointed when I received it and discovered that is also a commentary on the Bible. I have been looking for an audio chronological Bible for years that is the KJV or NKJV version read without anything added. I have the NLT and it is dramatized. I would like to be able to listen to it just as I would read it with books and chapters noted as it is read.
5.0 out of 5 starsGood daily devotional, food for thought ...
Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2021
I’ve been reading the Bible chronologically through in a year for several years now and enjoying it. Adding this book this year has helped me retain more of what I read each morning. The Bible passage for each day is not included in the book but it makes some comments about the passage, points out a verse and poses a question to think about. I have been writing the verse and writing an answer to the day’s question. It has helped me think about the passage throughout the day, just as I was hoping.
The premise of this book is really interesting. Do you know the chronological order for the books of the Bible? When were the Prophets writing their books? When did David live? Wouldn’t it be neat to read the Books in the order that they were written? Rhodes helps us do just that in this book. It gets you through the whole Bible in a year and so you read several chapters or a book each day. Each daily devotional starts with a reminder of what was read the day before, and then it moves on to a very brief summary of the high points of the day’s reading. At the most that section is only a few sentences long. To finish Rhodes picks one verse from the days reading to meditate on following up with a personal application question. It’s more like an introduction to the Bible than an actual study of the Bible so there is no deep discussion or careful study of anything. Rhodes has divided the Bible into 9 sections or historical eras. I found the introduction to each of those sections to be the most interesting part of the book. It’s a quick overview of the dates of that era and the major events. It was very informative to see the dates arranged next to the major events of that year. One thing I didn’t like was the way he chose to dodge the dating of the first few chapters of Genesis. He does teach that they are the literal history of the creation of the world and humanity. It’s just that he said that it happened in the “undated past”. I understand that there wasn’t much time to discuss any particular concept in detail, but he seemed unnecessarily vague. The Postscript was also a part I wasn’t really excited about. I’m not sure that one sentence can accurately summarize an entire book of the Bible. But again it is an introduction so he doesn’t really give us many details to work with. I don’t want to leave a wrong impression. I didn’t dislike this book, but I didn’t really like it either. That could partly be because I had to read it in several long sittings instead of taking a day per section. But personally, I found it slightly annoying that the majority of each section just restated what we had just read in the Bible. Also because of the devotional format, the author extracted a single lesson from multiple chapters or whole books for daily meditation. They were good valid thoughts. I just found it hard to focus on his one thought while still trying to process what I had learned in the Bible. I can’t say I would recommend it for those reasons, but it might do more for others. I received this as a free ARC through NetGalley. No favorable review was required. It was my pleasure to provide my honest opinions.
Whenever I review books on this topic, I look at how the author treats key passages in the Bible. I know that everyone will not agree on everything but there are some areas where there should be like minds. This author did not meet that standard. In key passages like Genesis 3, John 3, and John 14 to name a few, the author went pass the critical points in such a way that I thought I had missed them. So, I went back to make sure and realized that I was right—he glossed over them in a way that made me feel disappointed and a sense of loss. All of that made me lose the desire to continue reading. I will not buy this book in its present state nor will I advise my friends to do so.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book provided by the publisher and Net Galley. However, the thoughts expressed are my own.
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2018
A Chronological Tour Through the Bible was very well organized, easy to read with clear and concise information. This book is meant to be studied with your favorite Bible as a daily devotion with prayer and reflection. Chronological categories are divided into nine Eras of time from Era 1 Undated time - 1800 BC to Era 9 The Early Church 30 - 95 AD. The author gives descriptions, interpretation, applications, scripture readings, chronology based on history and archeological data. Each days chapter includes key concept, the big picture, transformational truth, a verse for meditation, and a question to ponder. Loved that the author prayed for each reader, suggested praying before each Bilble study and the postscript that lists key truths for every book of the Bible. I thought this book is an excellent guide for growth in a Christian‘s spiritual life. I think it would be perfect for personal use or even as a group study with a weekly discussion. My thanks to the author, the publisher and netgalley for making this book available to me to read and review.