The Bible Movie Is Now a Book!
No, you read that right: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey have taken their miniseries one step further and turned it into a novel: The Story of God and All of Us: A Novel Based on the Epic TV Miniseries.
That scream and cracking sound you just heard? That’s the sound of Jim West’s brain breaking:
I’m hoping the pitch from Burnett to his publisher went something like this:
The Bible, stories, a book barely alive.
Gentlemen, we can rebuild it , we have the technology.
We have the capability to make the worlds first better Bible.
A Story of God and All of Us will be that Bible.
Better than it was before.
Better… Shorter… Truthier!
So far the Amazon reviews are epic:
And that’s not all! Recently, a small group of friends and I have been getting together to study the stories here. What a blessing it’s been! We’re even thinking about gathering a larger group once each week and having a few gifted leaders teach us important truths based on this wonderful book. Who would have thought that a single text could be so life-encompassing and applicable.
Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a perfect resource. I do have a few complaints/suggestions:
- Is there a leather-bound version available? I hope there will be soon.
- I’d like to have even more detail, if possible. Why not add more stories, along with genealogies, poetry and maybe even a few letters?
- What would really be cool is if there was some sort of reference system to allow readers to connect parts of the book to other parts, when appropriate.
Certainly not damning criticism by any means, just some thoughts I had…
I any case, I give this book two thumbs way, way up! If you’ve spent your entire life wondering if there is a God that you can put in a box, consume in small, easy-to-chew quantities and exploit in order to feel some arbitrary (albeit fleeting) sense of meaning and happiness, this is the book for you.
If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a true representation of the real God, the God who is worthy of your entire allegiance and all your praise, the God who will use both blessing and suffering to transform you into the person you were made to be and who will ultimately give you eternal joy and infinite satisfaction, I’ve heard you can find him in the actual Bible… but really, who’s got the time to read that old rag, or the courage to encounter such a God, for that matter?
Anyways, I strongly suggest reading this book. It will absolutely change your life!