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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (892 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Yancey Narrator: Maurice England Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN: 9780310874607
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Philip Yancey has a way of confronting our most cherished but misguided notions about faith. In The Bible Jesus Read, he challenges the perception that the New Testament is all that matters and the Old Testament isn’t worth taking the time to read and understand. Yancey admits that, like many Christians, he usually avoided the Old Testament. After all, why bother with writings that can be so baffling, boring, even offensive to the modern mind? But a surprising discovery awaited Yancey when he began to explore how the Old Testament related to his life today. Those seemingly irrelevant Hebrew Scriptures took on a startling immediacy, portraying a passionate relationship between God and people against the broad backdrop of human experience. Like nothing else, the Old Testament depicts the cries, the complaints, the deep, insistent questionings of the heart, the stuff of life we all must contend with.

With his candid, signature style, Yancey interacts with the Old Testament from the perspective of his own deeply personal journey. From Moses, the amazing prince of Egypt, to the psalmists’ turbulent emotions and the prophets’ oddball rantings, Yancey paints a picture of Israel’s God--and ours--that fills in the blanks of a solely New Testament vision of the Almighty. Probing some carefully selected Old Testament books--Job, Deuteronomy, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and the Prophets--Yancey reveals how the Old Testament deals in astonishing depth and detail with the issues that trouble us most. The Old Testament in fact tackles what the New Testament often only skirts. But that shouldn’t surprise us. It is, after all, the Bible Jesus read.

The Bible Jesus Read will give you abundant new insights into the heart of God the Father. And as you read with a fresh eye the prayers, poems, songs, and bedtime stories that Jesus so revered, you will gain a profound new understanding of Christ. "The more we comprehend the Old Testament," Yancey writes, "the more we comprehend Jesus."

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/8/2014

    " The forward and the 1st chapter are worth the read in this book that is no longer being published. Yancey offers a highly readable apologetic for why all those who believe in God should read Hebrew scripture - and not just the 'highlights'. He includes great 'stories' in the remainder of the chapters that remind us who we are and whose we are. I particularly liked the chapter on the book of Psalms. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicole | 1/29/2014

    " My favorite Philip Yancey book. He really brings the Old Testament to life for me. I enjoy having his insight, it'sn not a Bible study on the Old Testament. My favorite chapter is the one on Job's life, helping me to grasp what to do with suffering in the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 1/29/2014

    " Possibly my current favorite Yancey book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jason Pike | 1/25/2014

    " It's ok... nothing here you won't get from reading the OT. I guess it's a book to talk you into doing just that. On that basis - it probably deserves 3-4 stars, but I was looking for something else. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Hertz | 1/21/2014

    " Just beginning, but definitely seems to be a great study on the OT. This is my first book by Yancey. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " Awesome! I think Philip Yancey is a genius, gifted, blessed whatever to get what he does out of the Bible. And he ALWAYS sees the story as a whole, beginning to end of the Bible. I've read a couple of his books a long time ago but this is the second I've read lately and now I want to read EVERYTHING he's ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/17/2014

    " An easy read that makes you think...and grow. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2014

    " Excellent book. I love everything by Phillip Yancy. This one makes you read the Old Testament in a whole new way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jimmy Winfrey | 1/14/2014

    " It's been a long time since I read this book. All I can remember is that is was good and it shed some new light into the Old Testament. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/13/2014

    " Awesome book, Yancy is VERY thorough with his information "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh Mac | 12/17/2013

    " a great read. tons of little wisdom nuggets...reading it with our church "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim E. | 12/6/2013

    " I loved this book. As a relatively new reader of the Old Testament, I found Yancey's candor about the confusing aspects of scripture both refreshing and disarming. He is candid without being irreverent. I feel less intimidated by the OT and even summoned into it after reading Yancey's book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Nielson | 12/5/2013

    " The Author tackles five books of the Old Testament-I enjoyed reading all of them except for his thoughts on the book of Proverbs. Overall I learned a lot and enjoyed the book immensely_ would recommend it to anyone who wants to study the Bible "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 11/24/2013

    " Helpful look at a first century perspective on Old Testament scriptures. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 11/11/2013

    " As a fan of the Old Testament, I enjoyed reading Yancey's insights and suggestions on how to come to a deeper understanding of who God is and how He works through the books of the OT. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne Keehne | 6/22/2013

    " Very good historical view and background of the Bible. We used it in a SS class, with terrific discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark | 11/2/2012

    " Solidify your foundation to scripture. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mindy Worley | 5/7/2012

    " An incredible samplling of the Old Testament and why its still relevent to christians today. It really digs deep and gives you a new thirst for reading those books that no one really preaches out of, and are much less read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary A | 4/30/2012

    " This is my first Philip Yancey book but I certainly don't plan for it to be my last. He makes the Old Testament--The bible Jesus read--come alive! And I think I can actually enjoy and apply books like Deuteronomy, Job and Ecclesiastes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/17/2012

    " Philip Yancey approaches 5 books in the Old Testament and discusses their relevance to us in a very engaging way. We used this for our small group college study. The girls and I learned a lot more about how God cares for us and His faithfulness. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin Hemmer | 12/27/2011

    " When I first strted reading this I guess I was in different state of mind - I will continue at a later time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 11/7/2011

    " Helpful look at reading the Old Testament "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andre | 10/12/2011

    " I enjoyed this book at the time of reading it and I would be interested in reading it years later. I do remember that the portion of the Psalms made me appreciate them much more than I did at the time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 6/9/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. Yancey writes in a way that makes complex information accessible. There were a few times that my perspective was radically shifted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/9/2011

    " An easy read that makes you think...and grow. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 12/11/2010

    " Right from the beginning I remembered why I like Yancey - he has a writing/thinking style that just fits me. There was nothing groundbreaking for me in this book, but it gave me some fresh perspective and reminded me to take the Old Testament seriously as more than just a history lesson. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/2/2010

    " Very good historical view and background of the Bible. We used it in a SS class, with terrific discussion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/28/2009

    " An excellent introduction to Bibliology. It gives a beginning reader in the subject a great glimpse at the complexity and beauty of how the Scriptures come together as a whole book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aim | 9/23/2009

    " Very approachable. Has received high comment points from our Bible Study group. Loaned my copy to someone today. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean | 6/17/2009

    " This author has a easy reading way of writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 4/4/2009

    " When I first strted reading this I guess I was in different state of mind - I will continue at a later time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Penny | 11/7/2008

    " Possibly my current favorite Yancey book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 10/3/2008

    " Awesome book, Yancy is VERY thorough with his information "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 9/4/2008

    " Helpful look at a first century perspective on Old Testament scriptures. "

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About the Author
Author Philip Yancey

Philip Yancey worked for ten years as an editor and then publisher for Campus Life magazine. In 1980 he and his wife Janet moved to Chicago where he began a career as a freelance writer. They moved to Colorado in 1992. He is the author of 20 books, three of them coauthored with Dr. Paul Brand. He is grateful to be able to make a living writing about the questions that interest him.

About the Narrator

Maurice England moved to the Chicago area in the fall of 2006, after a twelve year run as a long-haul trucker, to continue the cultivation of his lifelong interest in the expressive arts and oral interpretation. A veteran audiophile, Maurice listened to well over one thousand audiobooks while on the road and fell in love with the genre. From his past experience in broadcasting, community theater, music performance, and ministry he saw narrating as a means to merge his love for books, ideas, learning, and spiritual evolution with his interest in artistic expression. While his narration experience has primarily been nonfiction, personal development, and spiritual-growth titles, Maurice anticipates using his authentically warm and folksy southern style to entertain and inspire through storytelling. Inspired most by the behind-the-scenes artists who engineer, direct, edit, and master the audiobook productions we hear, Maurice has become an absorbed student and participant in the process.