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I loved this book a lot more than I expected to. I have read odd bits of Rachel's work over the years but when she died so suddenly I thought I'd like to read her last book. It's wonderful! So readable and her gift for writing is astonishing. She has brought to life stories that are old favourites and characters I've never even heard of. I love that she doesn't shy away from the hard stuff, she looks it right in the eye. It is entertaining, educational, thought provoking and a real joy to read. I can't recommend it enough. You don't have to come from the same faith background as her to appreciate it. What a loss to the world her early death is.
I'm British and coming to terms with faith in a way that means that I have a lot of questions. I like how RHE approaches lots of different elements of the bible without focussing too much on her move away from evangelical christianity/ her relationship with church (probably because she's done this in other books). As a result i found this book really accessible and have recommended it to lots of friends as I think it is so broad it would be helpful to people regardless of their faith journey
If you have questions about faith then read this book. Rachel writes in a clear and understandable way that cuts across the fog of mindless unthinking faith and shines a spotlight on the true beauty of the Word of God and how it should be approached and understood.
Most helpful book on the Bible I've ever read. Insightful, informed, compassionate, and warmly and generously written. I gained so much insight into genre and context and I thoroughly enjoyed the creative retellings and Rachel's narrative style. A total gift of a book which has given me such a fresh and helpful way of approaching the Bible, which I was starting to really struggle with. I'm so grateful to Rachel for writing this book! She is sorely missed.
Honestly, this is a fantastic book. It’s perfect for those who are trying to reconnect with the bible, or those who’ve read it and think it makes zero sense, or those who are too nervous to start, or even those who hold the bible in disdain. This book will change everything. It’s readable. Accessible. And is divided up into bite sized nibbles that make you want to come back for more, but make sure that you’re able to put the book down and actually sleep between chapters!
I’ve not only purchased the book for myself but have ordered several copies for friends and family as well... so yes. I highly recommend!