Book Review: Believe

5:38 PM

We don't do much to celebrate Christmas, so our winter break was spent hanging out, spending time together, and reading. For me, this is fantastic because I love reading almost as much as I love writing. I read over 30 books this past month, including the above pictured.

I just got a copy of Believe, NIV: Living the Story of the Bible to Become Like Jesus to review from the publisher. When I first received the book, I actually thought it was going to be a Bible because of the little NIV tag at the top, so I was a little surprised at how it actually turned out.

This is sort of a Bible. It offers a brief introduction to Bible stories and Christianity, but it's divided by topic with very minimal commentary. Essentially, the chapter title is the topic, then you're given a key idea and a key verse, followed by several Bible passages with a few lines of commentary after each selection.

Personally, I think you're better off doing your own Bible reading and investing in a good commentary (or scouring Christian blogs). The biggest problem that I have with this book is that while the book certainly pulls from the Bible, it's tricky to navigate if what you want is to read your Bible. I would get this for someone who is new to Christianity or who is interested in hearing Bible passages on different topics, but who might not be comfortable with a commentary.

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