The Man Who Gave God an English Voice
by: David Teems
Tyndale, the title itself declares the subject of the book. It’s about the life of a gifted and courageous man named William Tyndale, who used the gifts God granted him and produced a Bible for the people, in a language they could understand. In a time when God’s Word was not available to everyone, except the clergy, Tyndale accepted his calling; even to the extent of exile, to produce the English Bible. Not an easy task for someone to undertake in the 1500’s. His dedication to the mission eventually cost him his life, but as all Christians know, death isn’t the end…
This book was interesting but a bit dry which left me with a sense of obligation to finish reading it, as this was a free book from the Publisher in exchange for a review. The reason I chose this book was because of the subject – William Tyndale. Being a Christian, I thought it would be a great way to read about the history behind the English Bible translation. And the parts within the book that referred to Tyndale, his life, and the translating of the Bible were indeed interesting, however, since there (and the book mentions this) isn’t much known about Tyndale himself, the author used others who lived in that time frame to generate a picture of how Tyndale probably lived and of the towns he visited. There were many of these segues; each one mentioned was very detailed and, to me, took too much time. Many of the explanations mentioned could have been made without all the background history.
My favorite sections of the book were the Tyndale parts; where you learned about his life and the difficulties he endured while translating the Bible. Reading samples of the translations he came up with – from Hebrew/Greek to English – were very informative and made me appreciate the work involved in creating the English version of the Bible. I was also surprised to discover certain phrases, which are widely known today, such as “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak“, and “I am the way, the truth, and the life“, were penned by Tyndale. These were the few areas which made the book, Tyndale, exciting enough for me to share with my friends, and to read portions of the book aloud to them.
Overall the story of Tyndale was an enlightening one, but due to the exaggerated extras I’m not sure I’d recommend this book to the average reader (people like me). Instead, if you are a history buff and don’t mind reading paragraphs (or pages) of tangents about other historical people, places, and events, then I’d referred this book to you. I’d even suggest using this title as a history book to those who home school their high school aged children, or it can be used as a Bible history study course.
“Read God’s word diligently
and with a good heart
and it shall teach you all things.”
(A prologue into the fourth book of Moses called Numbers.)
Interview with Tyndale author David Teems:
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