Thursday, February 6, 2014

Book Review: Stranger on the Road to Emmaus

I just finished Stranger on the Road to Emmaus by John Cross.  If you're interested you can find it free (click here) in several different formats.

What I Liked:  This book gave a good overview of the Biblical narrative.  It covered the major stories of the Bible but more importantly connected them to the major themes of redemption, atonement and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.  The book traced Jesus, or at least connections to him, throughout Scripture.

What I Didn't Like:  Overall I thought the book was a little wordy at times.  (They type of book that talks about what it's going to say instead of just saying it.)
Also, the author quotes scripture throughout, which is a good thing.  But he uses multiple different translations.  Put this one in the "annoyance but not that big of a deal" category, but when one page in the book has verses from four different translations it can make it feel like the author is trying to get the Bible to say what he wants instead of letting the Bible speak for itself.  I think the book was true to Scripture, but the translation distraction probably didn't need to be there.

My 2014 "You Should Read This" Ranking:#
1. Stranger on the Road to Emmaus by John Cross

#  Previously I did a "personal impact ranking."  I'm switching to this thought: If I had to recommend the books I read this year to you (my readers), this is the order I would do it.  (Note: You might want to wait until I add a book or two more.)

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