The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages by Andrew Blauner

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Read The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages Online Free - In The Good Book, thirty-two of today's most prominent writers share never-before-published pieces about passages in the Bible that are most meaningful to them.

The Good Book, with an introduction by Adam Gopnik, collects new pieces by writers from many different faiths and ethnicities including literary fiction writers (Colm Tóibín, Edwidge Danticat, Tobias Wolff, Rick Moody); bestselling nonfiction writers (A.J. Jacobs, Ian Frazier, Thomas Lynch); notable figures in the media (Charles McGrath, Cokie Roberts, Steven V. Roberts); and social activists (Al Sharpton, Kerry Kennedy). While these contributors are not primarily known as religious thinkers, they write intelligently and movingly about specific passages in the Bible that inform the way they live, think about past experiences, and see society today. Some pieces are close readings of specific passages, some are anecdotes from everyday life, and all will inspire, provoke, or illuminate.

Addressing some of the best-known and best-loved characters and stories from Genesis to Revelation, The Good Book will be a beautiful, enlightening gift for secular readers and readers of faith as well as a collection of interest to reading groups, readers of creative nonfiction and personal essays, and fans of each of the individual contributors.

Title : The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages
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ISBN : 1476789967
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Joan rated it ★★☆☆☆

December 20, 2015

The Good Book, otherwise known as the Holy Bible, forms the basis for an eclectic mix of authors to expound on its meaning [or lack thereof] in their personal lives. From the Bible, the best-selling book of all time, each author, according to the stated premise of the narrative, reflects on their...

Chuck rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 02, 2016

Nice idea but I was imagining a stronger assemblage of writers and more of a literary focus.

Edward rated it ★★★☆☆

March 11, 2016

Twenty-five writers comment on passages from the Bible that are meaningful to them, and another seven comment more generally on the Bible as a whole. It's an uneven collection; some of the selections I thought are especially insightful, others seemed pretty pedestrian. The writers represent indiv...

Jeff rated it ★★★★☆

November 23, 2015

The common threads that run through these writer's reflections on different aspects of the Hebrew and Christian Scripture is that they are writers and that they are reflecting on the Bible. The individual writers may or may not have faith in God. They may or may not have been raised in the faith....

Kat rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 17, 2017

Tried reading this, but just got too bored to finish it. Some of the personal stories are interesting, but it was a little weird to read about people who grew up almost secular rhapsodizing about the Bible (and not always just because they think it a great piece of literature.) I only got about h...

Nate rated it ★★★☆☆

February 12, 2016

A mixed bag, but I absolutely loved some of the essays in this collection. The last Coover piece, "The Bad Book" kind of ruined it for me. A dismissive and snooty criticism of the Bible as "mere literature of disputed quality" and a "bad book mostly." I don't necessarily think it shouldn't have pl...

Aletha rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2016

When I received this book from Goodreads, I expected a few superficial "feel good" stories. Instead this was a book of depth, of provocations, of faith, and yes, a book of disbelief. Excellent concept, well written and a book that shows whether or not we are believers, the (real!) Good Book impac...

Heidi rated it ★★★★☆

August 08, 2017

This had a number of very interesting perspectives from some writers I was not too familiar with. The stories told connect to varying aspects of life and faith. An enjoyable book to keep picking up and reading from the chapters in any order.

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

January 28, 2017

I really enjoyed this book. I learned quite a bit about some of the stories from the Bible. There was some humor that appealed to me as a questioning Christian. A few of the commentaries were more personal memories and were loosely tied to the passages. Overall, a great read.

Georgia rated it ★★★☆☆

February 05, 2016

On the whole I liked reading the book, but three of the selections bothered me especially the last one as it is totally an atheistic voice. I suppose that was the point of this book, to learn how others are affected by the Bible

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