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Human history traced from our once-upon-a-time origins, through the great disaster that nearly wiped the human race from the planet. From an insignificant family of displaced nomads, kings and poets arise who will shape human destiny.

The spinal cord of the world's oldest and most influential book - the story line of the Old Testament reduced to a gripping tale, told with warmth and wit. The essence of the Bible - true to the text, true to the spirit, eminently understandable.

©2014 Justyn Rees (P)2015 Justyn Rees

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Fascinating Biblical Retelling

As an English person, I found it amusing to have all of the biblical characters portrayed as Europeans, mainly from the UK. There are a few French and German representatives too! So I could doubly relate to this narrative.

It’s an amazing chronological journey through the Bible. The author skilfully combines the historical narrative with the prophetic interjections given by each prophet. He perfectly makes the Bible approachable. He starts off by saying that the Bible narrative is not a fable or a fairy tale but narrates it in an approachable folklore style, which makes it easy to absorb. I found this engaging and would read it again and again.

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  • 30-08-17

Excellent Intro to the Old Testament

Would you consider the audio edition of To Make an Old Story New to be better than the print version?

I prefer audiobooks and don't read many physical books. But to those considering one or the other, I'd say the audiobook would probably be better. Justyn does a fantastic job of narrating and keeping it interesting.

What does Justyn Rees bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A lot of different accents. The balance of narrative and characters is perfect. Keeps it mixed up and fresh.

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

Pretty even amount of stories and problems. The Bible isn't exactly the most exciting book compared to some modern media. I didn't know that a lot of the stories that you learn in Sunday school aren't exactly as pretty as they tell them. Such as David cutting Goliath's head off and dragging it around or God repeatedly killing a bunch of people because he's mad.

Any additional comments?

I have never been able to get through the Bible on my own. It has too many people, lineages, the language is weird, etc. I get bored and can't pay attention.

But this book really brings things together in a new light and is compelling. I think Justyn does a good job of bringing some colloquialism and a touch of humor without being kitschy. Well done, Justyn! Thanks for your work on this.

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