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Post by stacie k » 14 Nov 2018, 12:24

[Following is an official review of "Back to Bible Basics; Forward in Faith, Hope and Love" by Desmond B Hills.]
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Scrapbooking can be defined as organizing moments of the past so they have meaning for future generations. Desmond B. Hills has done some unconventional scrapbooking in his book Back to Bible Basics: Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love. Reading the Bible can feel like an overwhelming task with its sixty-six books, hard-to-pronounce names and places, and daunting length. Where should a young reader begin? How can he understand it? Mr. Hills’ book will be an invaluable resource to readers of any age. He has compiled a comprehensive, yet easily understood, overview of the Old and New Testaments. Instead of documenting birthdays, weddings, and special occasions, he traces the themes of faith, hope, and love through each section of the scriptures.

There is much to praise about this work. The author took great care to present Biblically accurate content. Leonard P. Tolhurst, who has invested twenty-eight years in theological education, endorsed the work as being both factually accurate and spiritually refreshing. The author carefully documented his research sources, which included commentaries, handbooks, surveys, Bible biographies, and reference books. One of the things I liked most about this book was the author’s humble attitude. He wrote the book not to bring glory to himself; instead, his aim was to help people understand the scriptures and get to know Jesus. He candidly pointed out that reading about the Bible is no substitute for actually reading the Bible.

A book of this nature could potentially be dry and difficult to get through, but Mr. Hills has done an excellent job of keeping the reader’s interest by breaking up the content with poems, colorful illustrations, quizzes, charts, and maps. I personally appreciate the large text size which makes it easy on the eyes. Another praise for this work is how practical it is with multiple Bible reading plans and resources for further study. I verified one of the websites referenced to confirm its accuracy.

I had no complaints about this work, but I did come up with one suggestion for improvement. Along with the quizzes on Old and New Testament knowledge, it would benefit the reader to include an answer key as the questions were challenging.

For its attractive presentation, Biblical accuracy, and in-depth research, I rate Back to Bible Basics: Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love 4 out of 4 stars. I spotted a handful of editing errors, such as missing punctuation or use of “it’s” rather than “its”. However, I did not feel the errors were severe enough to merit the deduction of a star. I highly recommend this resource to those who want to gain a greater understanding of the Bible. It is best used as a study guide rather than reading straight through.

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Post by Cotwani » 15 Nov 2018, 04:58

I like the author's well researched/referenced approach. I also already want to indulge in the poems, colorful illustrations, quizzes, charts, and maps that break up the serious content! Thanks for the great review!
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Post by Ben3 » 15 Nov 2018, 06:26

:is such a wonderful book that quenches ones spiritual thirst.I recommend it

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Post by SamSim » 15 Nov 2018, 07:33

I'm excited about this book after reading your review! Thanks for the thorough recommendation.
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Post by gen_g » 15 Nov 2018, 10:36

This sounds like a lovely resource! I appreciate it when authors take the time for research, as it makes for a much more credible read. Thank you for the amazing review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Nov 2018, 10:55

This sounds quite interesting and unique. I don't know that I've ever seen a book quite like this about the Bible. Sounds like it be good information for even those that have studied the Bible already. Thanks.
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Post by teacherjh » 15 Nov 2018, 11:48

This sounds like a great resource.
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Post by charmperit » 15 Nov 2018, 15:35

This reader-friendly version of the Bible sounds great! Given that this is an accurate version, this would be a good book for starters.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 15 Nov 2018, 16:01

I think this would be very useful for me. The Bible is quite a difficult text. I only understand what my pastor teaches me :D
This book seems like an excellent resource to help with home studying.

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Post by T_stone » 15 Nov 2018, 18:15

This is a well researched book. Kudos to the author on that one. This as well, is a beautiful review. Thanks
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Post by Book Lover 35 » 15 Nov 2018, 23:34

This sounds like an excellent book. I would find this book definitely useful. The author seems to have a lot of knowledge. Thank you for the review!

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Post by Espie » 18 Nov 2018, 00:01

It's good that this book is well-researched and well-intentioned to be uplifting. Thank you for your thoughtful review.
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Post by fernsmom » 18 Nov 2018, 22:23

Great review! Glad to hear the book was based on the bible and accurate. Sounds like the author did a great job on the book and it sounds like a great study guide. Your point of the answers would have been helpful is I'm sure something many people will wish there were there as well.

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Post by nasoro yusuf » 18 Nov 2018, 22:26

After reading the book I found it more interesting than I thought and moreover the book was based on a Bible

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Post by Shrabastee » 19 Nov 2018, 02:47

I have long since wanted to read the Bible, though I am not sure of I will ever accomplish this. This book sounds like an immensely helpful guide for that. Thanks for the review!
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