“The Bard and the Bible” by Bob Hostetler

You know, this is just a really good devotional book. It’s encouraging, entertaining at times, sometimes bewildering, and sometimes difficult.
I’m a great lover of devotional books, and find at least one new one every year. Some of my all-time favorites are “Imitation of Christ” by Thomas A Kempis, “My Utmost for His Highest” by Oswald Chambers, and, “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young, and “Uncommon” by Tony Dungy.

The Bard and the Bible devotional is unique to say the least. Author Bob Hostettler has done a marvelous job melding “the King’s English” bible, with the same period writings of Shakespeare. While I say this is a really good devotional book (which it is), I just see the book sitting in a very small niche where commercial success will be limited. First, the King James Version has fallen in popularity in recent decades and has seen the advent of more “understandable” versions such as New International Version, New Living Translation, New King James, New American Standard, etc. Secondly, we live in the electronic age where you would be hard pressed to find someone to quote a line of Shakespeare, let alone do a comparative analysis to a King James Biblical passage.

This is why I’m having such a challenge on rating this book. I see the quality, I understand the intellect required to put such a book together. It had to be a labor of love by the author. I read several daily portions, and my enjoyment and edification was consistently inconsistent. As a matter of my own personal interest in the contents of the book, I would be hard pressed to see myself purchasing this volume. Again, it’s not a shot at the author’s work. It’s a matter of individual taste. I’m not a Shakespeare fan. Never have been. Never will be. So I’m part of that audience. But, at the same time, I can’t get past how good this book really is. For that reason, to lovers of literature, Shakespeare, and every thing King James I recommend this book with my previous opinions.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a timely and honest review. (don’t know how more honest I could be here). There are no additional considerations or expectations on the reviewer, publisher or author. I have also posted this on Goodreads.com, Amazon.com, my blog: jonreviewsbooks1.wordpress.com, and also on Twitter.


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