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Let me preclude this submission by stating; I was provided a free copy of this audio-book by the narrator in return for my unbiased review. In addition, I do hold an M.Div and consider myself a devout evangelical; just so one knows where i am coming from with this review.
With that out of the way; what a refreshing way to present biblical truths in such a way that one who is familiar with the Scriptures as well as a novice can walk away with new insights as to the battle between good and evil; Jesus and satan.
I anticipated this book as being more of a satire along the lines of C. S. Lewis' classic "The Screwtape Letters" with the devil speaking to the audience. While the author stays close to the actual words and teachings of the Bible, he admits in his introduction that he is taking artistic license by imagining what the devil might say or think in his plan to undo the work of Jesus and separate His followers from Him.
The format is broken up into 40 "entries" revolving around a specific Gospel verse and associated story which all stand on their own. In other words, one does not lose any continuity by pausing the book for a time after each chapter. In fact, one could break in into a 40-day devotional type of reading. Or, as the author suggests/encourages, it could easily be used for a small group discussion or study as the teachings are all based on actual Scripture.
What is added, and makes for a fun listen or teaching approach, is the added voice of what Satan MIGHT have been thinking during each Gospel story. Just as in the Gospels, Satan does not interact with Jesus, the disciples, or any of the biblical characters, but he does talk to himself and sometimes to his minions/demons as to what they are doing behind the scenes in each Bible story. Although these words and actions are imagined, we do know that there was an actual spiritual battle going on between good and evil during the entire ministry of Jesus. What this adds is just an interesting "behind the scenes" perspective that I found enjoyable.
After each encounter between the devil and Jesus, the author takes a minute or two to give some background information on the particular story that just took place. Some of these insights describe the history of the area and peoples involved, or a little background on the disciples themselves. In keeping with a solid teaching he even references Old Testament entries that affirm the Gospel teaching. Then he poses a couple of questions in a "food for thought" type of approach before moving on to the next chapter.
This book is not, nor should it be, listed under Christian fiction or literature; it is loaded with biblical teachings and even the artistic license that is taken to form Satan "voice" is often based on what the Scriptures do tell us about him.
As for the narration: excellent job!!! Not only does he give Satan a believable voice, but he also switches seamlessly between Satan, Jesus, and all the other characters in the stories. In general, an easy voice to listen too. Ironically, when I looked for some other Audible books by the same narrator, most were from genre's at the opposite end of the spectrum which speaks volumes to the professionalism of the narration.
Although I received this book for free, it is certainly worth the member purchase price or a credit. Personally, I will be listening to this audio-book many times to come and may even use is in a small group study. Like I stated in the title of this review, "Sound biblical teaching with a fun twist."
Thanks, and I hope you found this helpful.
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This book reminds us of the spiritual war going on around us. Don't let satan get a foot hold. Narration was very clear and good.
I received a free copy for my review
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