Walking on Sunshine

Tom Wright – Matthew for Everyone Part 1 – 2010/002

The Back of the Book: Tom Wright’s eye-opening comments on the gospel and what it might mean for us are combined with his new translation of the Bible text.  Making use of his true scholar’s understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Wright captures the immediacy of Matthew’s gospel in a way few writers have.

Why (and how) I got this book: I chose this series because it is carried by both Protestant and Catholic booksellers.

NotJustLaura’s Review: I don’t think Mr Wright intended readers to work their way through his book in less than 24 hours.  I have done so, however, and I have to confess that I’m a little overwhelmed by the experience and the thought of reading the next volume in like fashion!

Anyone who is familiar with William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible will feel right at home with this book and, I assume, the others in the series.  Mr Wright provides his own, accessible, translation of Matthew’s Gospel, interspersed with his commentary.  His writing is often anecdotal and he uses a friendly tone throughout.  The result is unexpectedly dense and, perhaps, would be best read and digested one section at a time (as with Barclay’s work) rather than as a whole, read in two or three long sessions.

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