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Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible: Downhome Reflections of History’s Most colorful Men and Women
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Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible: Downhome Reflections of History’s Most colorful Men and Women

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Publisher: New Leaf Press
Author: Don Reid

List Price: $13.99

Ages: All Ages

Reviewed By: Kelly Crespin

Heroes and Outlaws is a 168-page hardbound book with wonderful stories about some very colorful characters from the Bible. From Abraham to Joseph and Ruth to Esther, each chapter tells the reader a bit about each individual including little-known facts. Don Reid tells these stories in easy-to-read storyteller’s style.

For example, the story of Joseph explains that there are ten men named Joseph in the Bible. Five are in the Old Testament, and five are in the New Testament. The most famous in the Old Testament is Joseph, son of Jacob, grandson of Isaac, great-grandson of Abraham.

Joseph's family, typical for that period of time, may seem even by today's standards a little bit different. Joseph had ten half-brothers, one half-sister, and one full brother. Six of his half-brothers and his half sister belonged to his father’s first wife, two half-brothers belonged to one of the maids, and two belonged to another of the maids. What a family!

Reid embellishes the story of Joseph describing him as a bit of a tattletale whose boasting and 'coat of many colors' get him in trouble with his brothers and others. As Reid tells us about Joseph's long life he weaves an intriguing tale of spies, outlaws, and famine. He shows us Joseph's strengths and weaknesses helping us see that maybe we too have a little bit of Joseph in us and can aspire to do great things through God's strength.

Children and adults will enjoy reading or having these stories read to them. They are engaging and would make Bible study a little more exciting for the child or teenager who finds Bible reading dry and boring. I'd highly recommend this book.
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Available From: New Leaf Publishing Group
Address: P.O. Box 726, Green Forest, AR 72638
Phone: 870.438.5288
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Kelly Crespin
Kelly Crespin has her BS in Elementary Education and a MS in Gifted and Talented Education. She now homeschools her daughters, writes test questions for standardized tests, and runs scrapbookinghomeschoolers, which is a Yahoo Groups list for those who enjoy both pursuits - scrapbooking and homeschooling.
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