Book Review: The Bard And The Bible

19 Aug

51Siy+3ujIL._SX339_BO1,204,203,200_The Bard and the Bible pairs 365 short passages from the King James Version of the Bible with lines from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. The poetry of the Bard of Stratford-on-Avon and the power of God’s Word will enrich the reader’s understanding and appreciation of both, and provide new ways to encounter and respond to God through His Word. A year of daily readings in both Shakespeare and the King James Version yields intellectual stimulation and spiritual inspiration for readers, enlarging their minds as it changes their lives.



51Kv-C-5wKL._UX250_Bob Hostetler is a writer, editor, and speaker from southeastern Ohio. His 30 books, which include Quit Going to Church and the novel, The Bone Box, have sold over 3 million copies. He has coauthored a dozen books with Josh McDowell, including the best-selling Right from Wrong: What You Need to Know to Help Youth Make Right Choices and the award-winning Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door. He has won two Gold Medallion awards, four Ohio Associated Press awards, and an Amy Foundation award.

Bob is a frequent speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats. He has been a disk jockey, pastor, magazine editor, freelance book editor, and, with his wife, Robin, a foster parent to 10 boys (though not all at once).

Bob and Robin have two adult children, Aubrey and Aaron.


My Impressions: 

The Bard And The Bible by Bob Hostetler really appeals to my inner book nerd. Okay, the book nerd part of me is not really a hidden facet of my personality. It is definitely front and center. Hostetler’s book is a devotional that combines the words of Shakespeare and God’s truths as expressed in the King James Bible. I spent two glorious semesters studying Shakespeare, and this book brings all of those memories, plus spiritual depth to my quiet time. There are 365 entries that compare and contrast the words from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets to Scripture. What a wonderful concept! Words of life spoken by God and confirmed by the words of one of the greatest writers in the English language! I loved how the highlighted verses brought fresh perspective to Shakespeare’s words while pointing to real truth. Each day, the reader has a few lines from Shakespeare and a verse or two of scripture to ponder and then a word of wisdom from the author to consider.  At the end, the author adds a tidbit to think about, including Something Curious (interesting things about the world of Shakespeare), By Tale Or History (inspiration or setting behind his works), and a Piece of Scripture (interesting facts about the Bible). Wow! I loved that too! I am impressed with the research that Hostetler undertook to put this book together — Bible study and Shakespearean scholarship. So if you are like me, a quintessential book-y, then The Bard And The Bible is for you.


Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Worthy Publishing for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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