Bookends I: Reflections on the First Verse of Each Book in the Bible


Book: Bookends I: Reflections on the First Verse of Each Book in the Bible

Author: P. D. Gray

Cover Illustrator: Shannon Carter

Publisher: Resource Publications CA, 2022

ISBN-13: 978-1666793611 Hardcover

ISBN-10: 1666793612 Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1666735949 Paperback

ISBN-10: 1666735949 Paperback

Website(s): (publisher)

Language level:  1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Teens and adults

Rating: **** 4 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Bible study

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Gray, P. D.  Bookends I: Reflections on the First Verse of Each Book in the Bible (Published in 2022 by Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers, 199 W. 8th Ave. Suite 3, Eugene, OR  97401).   This is a comprehensive yet short book of brief devotionals with introductory remarks in which all sixty-six books of the Bible are covered with meditative reflections on each book’s first verse.  It is the hope of author Patrick Gray that it will stimulate more and more Christians and spiritually-minded people who are open to the Bible to read the whole Bible for themselves, without relying on paraphrases or summarized knowledge in the belief that a personal and cover-to-cover reading of God’s word will be an immense blessing to those who endeavor to accomplish it. Hopefully this short volume will be an encouragement to that end.

     I must say that I enjoyed reading Bookends I.  While I might not agree theologically with every observation made, and there are some statements that I would have worded differently, I deeply appreciate Mr. Gray’s obvious willingness to stand up for evangelical, Biblical truth in a time when many even who identify themselves as Christians are becoming more and more wishy-washy when it comes to the authority of Scripture.  He is the Head of English at a prestigious high school in the United Kingdom who has written poetry for a number of years, and gives Bible talks at his local church.  These reflections will both inform the mind and warm the heart.

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