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thebardthebible_hires_purple1Bob Hostetler and I have spent many an evening talking about writers, books, and literary themes. If anyone has an ear for Shakespeare’s wit, wisdom, and marvelous elements of irony, it’s Bob. This, combined with his pastor’s heart, enables him to create a volume of devotions both encouraging and entertaining. Read, learn, and enjoy! (Dennis E. Hensley, Ph.D., Chairman, Dept. of Professional Writing, Taylor University).

The King James Bible is the offspring of a theatrical age, as are the works of William Shakespeare. The Bard and the Bible brings these two great English monuments together context for context in one deliciously crafted little book, a devotional that informs as well as it enchants. It is the highness, the royal step, and the deep inward gaze of both the King James Bible and the works of Shakespeare that The Bard and the Bible so eloquently reminds us of. This book is a tribute to the richness of our English language. Bob Hostetler has done a very cool thing (David Teems, author of Majestie: The King Behind the King James Bible and Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice).

What a great idea for a book! Bob Hostetler’s Shakespeare Devotional is a fun and breezy read that extracts truth and wit from both the King James Bible and the plays of Shakespeare. The resulting combination is sure to teach and delight even as it challenges and convicts (Louis Markos, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University).

When American pioneers headed west in their covered wagons, the two standard books that they brought with them were the King James Bible and the works of Shakespeare. Bob Hostetler’s devotional book, The Bard and the Bible, brings those same two books together. The most notable feature of The Bard and the Bible is the wide range of material that it encompasses in compact form. This book has something for everyone. Each entry is anchored in three elements—a passage from the writings of Shakespeare, a passage from the King James Bible, and a devotional meditation from the author. Then there is a concluding section of interesting information about Shakespeare or words or history and many another. In its own unobtrusive way, this book is a triumph of research (Leland Ryken, professor of English at Wheaton College, King James Bible and Shakespeare enthusiast and author).

Filled with wonderful insights. The Bard and the Bible is a concise, well-written introduction to two timeless classics that have shaped our culture — the works of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible. Readers, young and old, are sure to enjoy this fun and informative work (Devin Brown, Professor of English, Asbury University, and author of A Life Observed: A Spiritual Biography of C. S. Lewis).

Shakespeare and the King James Bible—what could be a better combination? The Bard and the Bible blends the most influential works in the English language in ways that will challenge and inspire readers. Through quotes, short devotional reflections, and a sprinkling of fascinating background information, Bob Hostetler offers readers a thoroughly enjoyable devotional (Joseph Bentz, professor of literature at Azusa Pacific University and author of Nothing is Wasted: How God Redeems What is Broken).

As a lover of both Shakespeare’s writings and God’s Holy Word, I find The Bard and the Bible a delightful comparison of works. While Shakespeare’s words were conceived by man and penned by ink in the Elizabethan era, God’s words were conceived before time began and dictated to His chosen scribes according to His plan. Yet, when I read the excerpts side-by-side, the consequential pattern is clearly evident. The Bard’s stories and parables artistically forge a glimpse of spiritual truth for you and me today (Vonda Skelton, author and speaker, Founder of Christian Communicators Speaker Training).

Blog reviews of The Bard and the Bible:

Poet-Writer-Dreamer                 More of Him                The Writer’s Reverie

Of Books and Boys                     Pastor’s Ponderings    Pageant Wagon

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