The Phone Tree Review: The Jesus Story by Dr. W.H. Marty was a simple read about the life, teachings, works, and impact of Jesus. Written in an uncomplicated style, this book presented key biblical references for the reader’s consideration. Each chapter began with a listing of the main characters and the setting. Throughout each chapter, focal headings were listed, which aided in helping the reader to appreciate more specifically what was being discussed. At the end of each chapter, the author provided a condensed summary of the content.
While I did enjoy reading this book, I cannot agree that it does what the title suggests – tell “Everything That Happened in the New Testament,” as it relates to Jesus. With that said, however, I found that what the author did do was to effectively offer material for a general look at Jesus’ story.
The way that this book is written allows for new and seasoned students of the Bible to grasp basic level information about people, places, and events. It encouraged further study, while at the same time, it satisfied an elementary curiosity.
+ (Positive): A simple, easy read written in clear language
– (Negative): Scripture references were not immediately cited per chapter, rather they were listed in the table of contents (I would have preferred a quick reference format in each chapter.)
The Phone Tree Rating: 4/5 Stars ****
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