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The Bible Movie Is Now a Book!

March 28, 2013

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:

Finally, all the Bible’s stories in one place!

When I watched the first episode of the epic TV miniseries “The Bible,” I remember thinking to myself, “This is spectacular, but what if I want to engage with these stories on a deeper level.” After watching and re-watching and re-re-watching the entire series, it still felt like something was missing…Thank God for this book! Finally, all the stories from the Bible have been gathered into a single text! Now I can go right to the source to get the news straight from the horse’s (or donkey’s) mouth, as it were. If you want to relive the fall of humanity alongside Adam and Eve, the story is here. If you want to be captivated time and time again as Moses turns water into blood, look no further. If you are looking for THE comprehensive account of just what God has been up to these last 5,000+ years, you must buy this book.

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?

I’ll Never Be the Same March 25, 2013

By Reid… Either way, I really hope, no, I NEED the authors to keep going with this. I want a series, like Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings. I want to know what happens to ghost-Jesus. Does he keep walking the Earth like a slightly less powerful Bruce Banner? Will he travel the ages using his powers for good? Maybe they could do a re-imagining of some of history’s most notorious events and Jesus could use his healing powers and his way with people to prevent them. I mean, imagine if Jesus prevented The Plague or World War II. Maybe they could also do a crossover series where Jesus joins the cast of The Walking Dead…like a good zombie, or something.

Anyways, I strongly suggest reading this book. It will absolutely change your life!

The cream that rose to the top.

Format:Hardcover… I think the creators of the “original” Bible might have jumped the gun getting it out when they did. It clearly needed more thought and revision and a little thing called readability before it was ready for a wide audience. The talent of someone like Mark Burnett is what the Bible needed. He has shown his skill time and time again with successes like The Apprentice, The Voice, Shark Tank and of course Survivor which, at the time of this writing, is in its 26th season.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2013 9:54 am

    Reblogged this on Zwinglius Redivivus and commented:
    Scott weighs in on the absurdity of it all. As only he can.

  2. Albert Nygren permalink
    March 29, 2013 1:43 am

    The mini series, “The Bible was pleasant to watch. It had a lot of beautiful costumes and a lot of pagentry. The only unfortunate thing about it was that it was not faithful to the Real Bible. For example there were teachings given by Jesus in the Mini series that are opposed to His real teachings in the real Bible. I hope the mini series causes people to read the real Bible and see what it really says, not some Hollywood nonsense.

    O wonderful! They are making a book that is like the mini series. I’m sorry but we already have a book that is much better than a book based on the miniseries called the bible. The Book we already have is called, “The Holy Bible” and it has been around for thousands of years. What is this? is this another attempt by Hollywood to get people to believe things that are not true? I don’t know but it sure looks that way.


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