• by David Teems
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A beautiful literary tribute to William Tyndale, the poet-martyr-expatriate-outlaw-translator who gave us our English Bible
The English Bible was born in defiance, in exile, in flight, and in a form of exodus, the very elements that empowered William Tyndale to bring the English scripture to the common citizen. Being “a stranger in a strange land,” the very homesickness he struggled with gave life to the words of Jesus, Paul, and to the wandering Moses. Tyndale’s efforts ultimately cost him his life, but his contribution to English spirituality is measureless.
Even five centuries after his death at the stake, Tyndale’s presence looms wherever English is spoken. His single-word innovations, such as “Passover,” “beautiful,” and “atonement,” allowed the common man to more fully understand God’s blessings and promises. His natural lyricism shines in phrases like “Let not your hearts be troubled,” and “for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.” Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer as it is written in the King James Bible, use the word “love” as it is written in 1 Corinthians 13, or bless others with “The Lord bless thee and keep thee, the Lord make his face to shine upon thee,” we are reminded of the rich bounty Tyndale has given us.
Although Tyndale has been somewhat elusive to his biographers, Teems brings wit and wisdom to the story of the man known as the “architect of the English language,” the English Paul who defied a kingdom and a tyrannical church to introduce God to the plowboy.


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What made the experience of listening to Tyndale the most enjoyable?

I think the author did a good job of filling in the background of the time

What did you like best about this story?

It is true! I view my precious Bible in renewed light!! Tyndale was awesome and a great servant of God.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

I always appreciate a good reader with goo inflection and good pace

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Tyndale was betrayed by a horrible man and sent to prison. He died..twice...well..that wasn't really possible, but it was clear that his enemies wanted him dead. He was strangled and burned.

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- Susan

Fascinating subject, wonderful reading

I don't remember what led me to select this title, but it turned out to be an unexpected gem, and I replay portions of the book often. The text tells the sparsely documented facts of Tyndale's extraordinary life, but also discusses his enormous and largely unsung impact on English language and literature and speculates about the psychology that drove the man. The author meanders a bit in his search for illuminating parallels -- Walt Whitman and Thomas Wolfe are drawn in at one point -- and that might alienate a listener or two or fail to convince, but that is a quibble. A great choice for people interested in language, history or spirituality. Oh, and the reading is lush and fabulous -- like caramel or hot buttered toast for the ears.
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- Grant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-11-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.