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Tom Wright's eye-opening comments on the gospel and what it might mean for us are combined, passage by passage, with his own fresh and involving translation. Making use of his true scholar's understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Wright captures the urgency and excitement of Mark's gospel in a way few writers have.

Tom Wright has completed a tremendous task: to provide comprehensive guides to all the books of the New Testament and to furnish them with his own fresh translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly listenable commentary with helpful background information. The format makes it appropriate also for daily study.

About the author: Tom Wright is research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. His recent books include Surprised by Scripture, Simply Good News, Paul and the Faithfulness of God, Paul and His Recent Interpreters, The Paul Debate, God in Public, Advent for Everyone: A Journey Through Matthew and The Day the Revolution Began.

©2014 Tom Wright, SPCK (P)2021 SPCK, Spokenworld Audio & Ladbroke Audio Ltd

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Wonderful book

An accessible illumination of Mark's Gospel. Really well written, good narration too. Includes the whole Gospel and then explanation.

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Brilliant

This is an amazing audiobook. I would love for the whole ‘For Everyone’ series to become available. This was easy to listen to and I really enjoyed the narration. These books are such a gift. Full of great knowledge and insight, while staying true to the passages.

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  • 06-03-21

I love Bishop Wright

I am a fan of Bishop Wright, and especially his series of "for everyone" books. He uses the name "N.T. Wright" when he writes "scholarly" books, and he uses the name "Tom Wright" when he writes his "for everyone" books. He breaks up the book of the New Testament, here the Gospel of Mark, into short pieces that make a logical portion for his purposes. He then gives his own translation of that short portion. I like having Bishop Wright's own translation, instead of a standard translation such as KJV or RSV, because he will often explain why he used a particular word or phrase in his translation. After the portion of the Gospel, then he gives a short reflection on it. I find his reflections inspirational because they inspire me to think about God's word in new ways. They cause me to think about whether I am listening to Jesus' words and whether I am living my life in a way that is consistent with his words.

I am using the audiobook this year (2021) as a lenten discipline, listening to one or two portions at bedtime. I hope the entire "for everyone" series will be recorded as audiobooks.

The narrator is fine. I find him to be just a little too emphatic. I am sure that his intent is to make the readings and the reflections exciting, but I think he tries just a little too hard. I am still in the first third of the book, so it may be that his narration will improve as he gets into a rhythm.