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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Taste and See" (Annabel Robinson)

TITLE: Taste and See: An invitation to read the Bible
AUTHOR: Annabel Robinson
PUBLISHER: Pickering, ON: Scripture Union Canada, 2012, (52 pages).

This book is a mini-introduction to selected portions of the Bible. It provides some interesting content for readers to "taste" first, and subsequently "see" for themselves the beauty, the power, and the application of Scripture in everyday life. Comprising 12 brief stories, of which 5 are from the Old Testament and 7 from the New Testament, the author first presents and overview of each Bible story. The "Way In" is to ask some relevant questions for the contemporary reader. The context and the background is then presented, followed by some exploration of the characters, the plot, and the story. Finally, the reader is invited to ask questions of both what they have read, and how it can be applied to everyday living.

This is a book written for people who have absolutely no idea of what the Bible is all about. The publisher continues to try and promote the habit of regular Bible reading for all groups. This book is aimed at the newbie, or those who are unfamiliar with what the Bible is all about. Often in society, people talk about the Bible without really engaging the contexts and the contents of the Bible. This is most unfortunate. Without knowing what the Bible says, we can easily misunderstand and misinterpret the words of others. The big is short enough for readers to read. Given the small footprint, the e-edition is most appropriate for ereaders, our Kindles, or our mobile electronic readers. The book is more a taste of the main thing. The main thing is still the Bible itself. If this book can encourage and inspire readers to read more of the Bible, it will have been worth the price of the book.

Rating: 4 stars of 5.


This book is provided to me free by Canadian Bible Society and Graf-Martin Communications without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

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