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Let's address a common criticism, the format of The Good Book being in the same format as that of The King James Bible and the language being not of absolute modern English (although if you're taking issue with this it may be because you don't understand it, despite the language being a flowing poetry of sense and wisdom, not that I understand people NOT understanding it because it's close enough to modern day English to completely understand). He wrote it in the format for the simple reason that it's attractive, easy to find what you're looking for if you liked a specific chapter and it flows. It really is as simple as that, if you also consider if he set it out the same as every other book he did, what would make this stand out presentation wise from the rest? And this was meant as a very different kind of book to be written than his past works. And back to the language, both of the Good Book and the Bible's, the language used in both is beautiful whether you believe what is being said or not. And if you "get bored" with them, well maybe you should indulge in something a bit less poetic in the future... try religion for dummies.
Next, the negative reviewers that put it down for contradicting humanist values, that he seems to think he "has all the answers" and "tells us how to live our lives". You have missed the point of the book and I suggest you either go back to it and re-evaluate it, or go and read Harry Potter, maybe you'll get that one.Read more ›
In my opinion it is not a substitute for the traditional King James version of the Bible. It is a unique anthology of a phenomenally large collection of words of wisdom, that give clarity to our lives, our perceptions of the world and the universe around us. It is, in many parts pure poetry, and is written like a Shakespearian Play.
For me its construction to resemble a work of scripture is a mistake. It is not a divinely inspired scripture in the sense that the KJ Bible is purported to be.
It is not an easy book to read and certainly not bedtime reading, but it is inspirational in its descriptive account and gave me the opportunity to stand back and reflect on who or what I am, in relation to what I have seen and experienced.
Each chapter has left me feeling that I want to read-on and absorb more, but at the same time makes me feel I will need to re-read it again to understand it more fully. With reference to the KJ Bible, I have to say that most of what I have managed to read of the KJB was incomprehensible jibberish, in many places horrific, blood curdling and in some downright obscene.
However, this, "The Good Book", has none of that and is much more pleasant to read, easier to follow and leaves you with the feeling of having read and learnt something worthwhile. It is a book that may take me months to read in its entirety, because I have to stop and think about each paragraph to be sure I have understood it. In some respects it is like having a massive directory of quotations that enhance our wisdom.
It must have taken many years to collect and collate the material in this book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
talk about hubris ... it takes quite an ego to pull together a book like this and then publish it as a "secular bible". Read morePublished 5 months ago by Piers Bursill-Hall
This is a revised edition of the 2011 hard cover book. Grayling, an atheist, re-writes the Bible by redacting and changing its contents by removing all references to God, His... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Hande Z
This hard copy has been revised and re-issued in a 2015 soft copy edition. My review is on the 2015 edition page.Published 5 months ago by Hande Z
What a ridiculous book and what a ridiculous man! I fail to understand the purpose of a "secular bible" which is an oxymoron. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ilias
Books are like friends but this book is like a best friend.Published 7 months ago by Mrs. J. PIRES-OBRIEN
Arrived in good condition.Controversial in places but stimulating.
So dense it will remain a desktop dipper for some time !
A wealth of wisdom. Taken in small quantities, enough to fill a lifetime. Much of the text, particularly in 'Songs' is pure poetry.Published 12 months ago by Rasputin