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More Bible Wisdom for Modern Times: Selections from the Early New Testament Paperback – 1 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: (1 Jan. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430325976
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430325970
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,380,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning movie critic, John Howard Reid, is also the creator of fictional detectives, Merryll Manning and Michaela Morris. Reid has worked in the publishing industry all his life. Starting at the bottom of the ladder, he gradually worked his way up to the editor's and publisher's desks. In his copious spare time, Reid contributed numerous movie reviews and articles to magazines such as "Films and Filming", "Photoplayer" and "Presence du Cinema". At one stage, Reid found himself working for TWO city newspapers, due to a friendly exchange of information between their "rival" editors. For the second paper, of course, Reid was forced to use a pseudonym, "Tom Howard" (which is actually more or less his middle name). Back at his real job, Reid had another stroke of good fortune. When a promised manuscript failed to materialize from a talented but notoriously unreliable author, "Tom Howard" stepped into the breach with a series of mystery thrillers, commencing with "The Health Farm Murders" in 1985. This debut novel was a rousing success with both critics and public. The first edition quickly sold out, and the reprint likewise. A new edition with a new dustjacket that quoted liberally from critics' comments also disappeared within a matter of months. The Large Print rights were sold for a flat sum (a mistake, as it later turned out -- Reid's agent should have asked for a percentage) and an American publisher purchased the U.S.-Canadian rights for $20,000. The American then sat on the book without publishing it for 20 years. When the rights eventually reverted to the author, "Merryll Manning: The Health Farm Murders" finally made his debut in the U.S.A. in 2008.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By farm boy on 5 Jan. 2011
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I suppose credit must go to the author for trying to put together an anthology of early Christian writings, but this collection fails in two distinct ways. First, the 'new translation' of the Gospel of Mark is more of a exaggerated paraphrase than a translation. Just one example for the sake of brevity is the experience that Jesus has when he is baptised by John the Baptist. The NIV translation says that as he came up out of the water 'he saw heaven being torn open and the spirit descending on him like a dove; and a voice from heaven said you are my son'. The ESV translation agrees with this and confirms that the experience was Jesus' alone. In this book the passage is 'translated' as John saw the clouds split open; Jesus' body began to glow and shine; and everyone heard the voice out of the sky.
The excerpts from other writings are very short; it would for example have been very easy to include the entire Didache or the writing of Jerome.
Disappointing. Still, refund claimed within 7 days thankfully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars 22 Feb. 2008
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The Gospel of Mark, which most likely was the earliest of the four gospels, is rendered in plain prose and in an abbreviated version, thus making it highly accessible to the pressured, rushed for time modern reader who has little time for even the most important devotional time. It is also recounted as a personal memoir of Simon Peter's, the Apostle who was John Mark's spiritual father. In addition to this, some early Christian writings that though not canonical have value, are included in modern language. Among them are pieces of the Didache, the "Gospel" of Barnabas, and the Shepherd of Hermas, of of which are some of the select few appocrophyl books that received serious consideration at the Council of Nicaea. Such books as this can hopefully be valuable in bringing the Word of Life to the world that so needs it, and it is hoped will encourage true Bible study.

Amanda Killgore
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