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Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book [Paperback]

By Jason Boyett (Author)
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Pages   191
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.85" Width: 5.12" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 1, 2006
Publisher   CHARISMA HOUSE #135
ISBN  0976817543  
EAN  9780976817543  

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Boyett (Pocket Guide to the Apocalypse) packs a surprising amount of information into this little guide. With humor always at the ready, he dashes through a glossary of biblical terms, a list of key characters and a summary of every book of the Bible. The introduction kicks off with a nod to the difficulties of biblical interpretation and a few of the less-than-stellar movements it helped inspire ("The Bible has motivated its readers to tend the sick.... It also motivated the Crusades"). This forthright tone continues throughout, though Boyett clearly writes from an evangelical perspective. The guide also includes an interesting history of the English Bible and summary of translations. Younger readers who would like to be more familiar with the biblical text will appreciate Boyett's tone, while older readers who have been in the church most of their lives will learn?or be reminded of?many things along the way. The book has a few weaknesses: the endless list of books and biblical events gets tedious; readers may have benefited more from thematic summaries. And there are a few references those outside the church won't understand. But overall, the guide is well written, fun and brief?which, when you're attempting to summarize the entire Bible, is quite an accomplishment. (June 6)
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It's the world's all-time best seller. It's the most influential book in Western civilization. It's sitting in practically every home in America. Yet relatively few of us have a clue about what's going on within the gold-lined, onionskin pages of our Bibles - until now. In Pocket Guide to the Bible: A Little Book About the Big Book, author Jason Boyett hilariously spotlights the events, characters and themes of both Old and New Testaments.

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More About Jason Boyett

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jason Boyett is not a professional theologian or historian but that hasn't stopped him from writing this book. His work has appeared in a variety of publications as well as on his blog ( He lives in Texas with his wife and children.
The Pocket Guide Series explains complex religious subjects with a lethal dose of educational hilarity, guided by the author's insatiable curiosity, humor, and gentle irreverence. The Pocket Guide series includes Pocket Guide to Sainthood, Pocket Guide to the Bible, and this book. Discover more at

Jason Boyett currently resides in Amarillo, in the state of Texas.

Jason Boyett has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Pocket Guides (Jossey-Bass)

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An easy-to-use reference for lay readers to the canonical sacred text of Christianity  Sep 13, 2006
Pocket Guide To The Bible: A Little Book About The Big Book is an easy-to-use reference for lay readers to the canonical sacred text of Christianity. Composed of a glossary of oft-unfamiliar words used in the Good Book, and alphabetical cast of characters, condensed summaries of the old and new testaments, a timeline, a selective survey of translations, miscellany, and a bibliography, Pocket Guide To The Bible is plain-spoken and easy to take in even as it accurately crystallizes key points. Enthusiastically recommended for novice biblical scholars or anyone seeking to quickly better acquaint themselves with the Good Book.
not perfect, but still pretty funny stuff  Sep 4, 2006
this book is a rather humorous little jaunt through the bible, but it has a tendency to be a bit dry here and there. it opens, promisingly enough, with a biblicabulary and cast, which cover all the major terms and folks of the bible with less than maximum reverence and, well, a bit of ribaldry. they and the miscellany "list ye be smitten" are the highlights, as they most illustrate the humor that can be drawn from the bible and its colorful cast of characters, which is what this whole book is really about. where it drags is in the telling of the tale. its description of "what happens" in the bible is where the author gets bogged down. although mr boyett throws in a few interesting tid-bits and humorous comments here and there, most of his retelling of the bible story sounds like a junior high smart-alec who isn't as funny as he is in his own mind. don't get me wrong, i enjoy this as a general rule, but mr boyett doesn't execute as well as he should, or as well as he did in his pocket guide to the apocalypse. as for bible teaching, there is nothing here that will do anything for anyone who has been reading the bible longer than a year, but his stuff is sound with only a few factual hiccups. but that's not why you should read the book. you should read the book because you appreciate the difference between irreverence and good-natured fun, and because, on the whole, it's pretty funny stuff.
Fun for all levels of religious indoctrination  Aug 8, 2006
I grew up in the church - Sunday School, Bible Quizzing, Pioneer Girls, Potlucks - so I consider myself FULLY indoctrinated. I loved the book. Even though it was hilarious, I actually learned a bunch of stuff I didn't know. For the un-indoctrinated, you are in for some great laughs along with an excellent education. I really think it should be required reading for Bible 101.*

*And Jason Boyett writes great footnotes...don't miss them.
not any good...  Aug 6, 2006
read, 'what the bible is all about for young explorers' by dr. henrietta mears. this pocket guide put me to sleep.
Great recap, entertainment and flat out LOL reading  Jul 26, 2006
In reading the Pocket Guide to the Bible I found myself re-visiting the good old days of Bible Study, Church History and general theological development that took place during my studies. This was a refreshing recap of things learned in the past with the pleasant and entertaining insertion of quick humor and hip language. If all you remember about studying the Bible is long and boring, keep-yourself-awake-with-a-whole-pot-of-coffee cram sessions then Pocket Guide will definately revive your soul and help you realize how exciting this big "book" really was, AND IS, to you.
Overall, I definately recommend this book to anyone. (well, anyone of the adequate age anyway) I especially recommend it to the "I'm too spiritual, you can't say those things about God and the Bible" type of people because it may help them out of their stuffiness. (Sorry, just had to write that.)

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