Wednesday, April 17, 2013

One Perfect Life - The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus

 One Perfect Life is more than just a harmony of the New Testament Gospels.  It tells the complete story of Christ, weaving together prophesies from the Old Testament as well as the New Testament Gospels.  Dr. John MacArthur was able to put together something I have never seen before and I am so excited that this book is now a part of my resource library.  Not only does it read as a narrative, combining pieces of scripture from different books of the Bible, it allows the reader to more fully understand the life of Christ in a more linear fashion.  I especially enjoyed reading the footnotes provided, as they provided explanation and details that I hadn't thought about before. 

As a life-long Christian and someone who has studied the Bible for many years, I appreciate the easy format of this book.  Unlike Parallel Bibles, which present different accounts in a column format, this book weaves the accounts together into a complete story.  It shows how the different accounts fit together. 

MacArthur begins with the Creation of the World with Jesus Christ - the Preexistent Creator and Savior.  He continues with the Fall of the Human Race Into Sin and through Old Testament prophesies which fortell of the Messiah's birth.  It demonstrates how everything in the Bible was put together to tell the story of Christ, from the beginning of Creation and through the Gospels. 

When I first received this book I was excited to dig right in and wanted to read it cover to cover.  What I found was that I really want to take some time and read the footnotes and really ponder and understand what was happening and how the accounts came together.  I learned so much while reading and I know I will refer to this valuable reference tool again and again. 

This book would be beneficial to those wanting to read straight through the narrative, as well as others who want to take time to read and understand footnotes, savoring each piece of the story.  I highly recommend this addition to your reference library. 

I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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