This hardcover companion to the History Channel's "The Bible" miniseries is a good contemporary novelization of the Bible. Rather than covering every book of the Bible, it focuses on the key people who established covenants with God (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus) and on their stories in addition to some key supporting figures. Like the 10-hour miniseries, this book offers a contemporary spin on the Bible that is fresh and easy for people today to get into. It's probably the only really good Bible novelization I've seen in many years. I would recommend this book as summer reading for any youth, young adult, or adult sacred scripture class as an appetizer to reading the Bible itself.
There is also a separate "young reader's edition" of this work for younger age groups that is basically the same book in simplified form. Both of the authors -- husband-and-wife filmmaking team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett -- are either Catholic (Downey) or in Burnett's case raised with Catholic influences, but Burnett is now an evangelical Protestant and the style of both books is ecumenical. Anyone could read and understand this book, particularly those who find the main Biblical text difficult to read or comprehend, and who desire something simpler as a starting point. As the title -- "A Story of God and All of Us" -- suggests, this book brings you into the Biblical narrative and makes it easier to make it part of the story of your own life. I recommend it.