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Reference Information for the Book
- Name of Book: The Greatest Book Ever Written
- Author Name: Fulton Oursler
- Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc. Garden City, NY
- Year Released and/or ISBN Number: 1951
Type of Book: An Historical Novel
- This is the second book of a trilogy. The first, The Greatest Story Ever Told, is a tale of the greatest life ever lived was followed by the title: The Greatest Book Ever Written, a narrative of the Old Testament.
About the Writing
- Oursler's narrative is complete with many maps of Old Testament times and a story that brings the complexity of the O.T. into readable form, clearer than I have ever understood the narration before. If you are someone like me who tried to read the O.T. all the way through and failed, you will enjoy reading this well researched novel. Each of the books of the O.T. is faithfully followed with insightful descriptions that tie together the inexplicable in bible verse. These 362 pages bring form and matter to the millenniums that preceded the birth of Jesus Christ.
About the Author
- Fulton Oursler was a magazine editor, religious author, and Hollywood screenwriter, and was an early Oxford Group member and friend to AA. He passed away in the year 1952. His official relationship with AA is as follows: Sept. 30, 1939, the very popular weekly Liberty Magazine, headed by Fulton Oursler, carried a piece titled? Alcoholics and God? by Morris Markey (who was influenced to write the article by Charles Towns). It generated about 800 inquiries from around the nation. Oursler (author of The Greatest Story Ever Told) became good friends with Bill W and later served as a Trustee and member of the Grapevine editorial board.
In Oct. 1949, Dr. William D. Silkworth and Fulton Oursler joined the Alcoholic Foundation Board.)
Some Quotes about the Book
- THE BEGINNINGS, "He had made a world, and He had given its people powers of body and mind surpassing all other living creatures, but no one remembered Him any longer, no one believed in Him." THE WILDERNESS ADVENTURE: "From this oasis it was even harder to get them going again. The Wilderness, called Sin, (after the old moon god of the Babylonians) was a forbidding stretch of gray and yellow water between Elim and Sinai. But Moses promised the people they were more than halfway to their goal, which was the Mountain of God, where everything would be made clear." THE RULE OF THE JUDGES, "Now only Samuel was left to guide the people. But could such an inexperienced leader recapture the ark from the Philistines? He was not a man of battle, but of prayer and contemplation. Yet he knew, and the people knew, that the Ark of the Covenant was the symbol of all that was highest and best in the tribes. Unless it could be retaken from the Philistines the hope of the twelve nations would perish. Was this not why the Voice had called him from his boyhood dreams."
Why I Enjoyed Reading the Book
- After reading Oursler's first narrative of the greatest life ever lived, I eagerly looked forward to his telling of this famous epic of our creation in his deft way. I was not disappointed. The many years that I struggled reading book after book and not being able to retain just a small amount of what I read in the bible, this time I come away with a clear picture of the many mysteries I failed to understand or retain. The stories, the romances, the intrigue between families and the progression of the patriarchal successions with their myriad names and details will be forever etched in my recollection. Oursler tells a story so that it sticks in your memory.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
The Good I have already touched upon. The fact that such an important piece of the world's history is available still in such an enjoyable readable form tops the list for excellent. The Bad is that there is a lot of repetition in the last millennium before Christ's coming. Through no fault of the author sin and repentance see-saw back and forth; but, the author makes it interesting anyway. And, in the end, the Ugly will always be the chosen people's endless idolatry and falling away from the commandments of God.