Having read The Puzzle of God I had a fairly set idea of what this book would be like; informative, succint and well written but verging on dry. I found this book to have all the positives of Puzzle of God whilst remaining supremely more readable and accessible. This book serves extremely well as an overview of the main controversies and arguments surrounding the study of the gospels and clearly explains the main themes found in the texts. I look at it like a signpost- pointing out where to go for more information and mentioning the main academics with explanations of their arguments. Although the authors argue that the gospels can be presented as one story, the text often reads more like a textbook rather than building up the author's arguments which works well if you're new to biblical study. My main criticism of this book is that the structure is a little bit unclear; for instance I believe the section on methods of study should be after the introduction rather than in the middle of the book. There are also many references to different parts of the book throughout the text which I find annoying and again, perhaps indicative of the weaknesses in the structure. Overall I would highly recommend this book for those interested in the deeper meaning of the gospels or entering biblical study, under the proviso that the language is fairly complex and therefore the book may not be accessible to a younger audience.