Saturday, August 30, 2014

Christian Nonfiction Review: The First Time We Saw Him by Matt Mikalatos

I can see the appeal in Matt Mikalatos’ desire to present the Gospel in a fresh light through his book “The First Time We Saw Him.” For me, personally, the original is enough, but I understand there are many who need more modern examples to truly relate to what is said in the Bible.

In this vain, Matt alternates between commentary and retelling select portions of the Gospel in a modern context. His organization isn’t consistent, and he changes tenses in the telling of these stories (if you know me well, you’ll know I don’t care for stories told in present tense). However, I was surprised by the occasional comment or point that stood out.

The book did not bore me as I thought it might when I began reading it. The stories remained accurate in their modern contexts. And Matt’s commentary reads like lengthier devotionals. I’m not one for devotionals, and I have a short memory, so I didn’t really get any takeaways from the book, but there are many who will, especially newer believers. After all, even I found some of his commentary refreshing.

* Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

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