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The Family Bible


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A family legacy passed down through seven generations, along with some hair-raising stories!

The Family Bible by Stephen Johnson is based on a true story about a family Bible that was passed down through seven generations, covering a time span of 250 years. It is a work of historical fiction. While this book is a work of fiction, it weaves the story of truth, based on the author’s life through it as well. This is most apparent later in the book.

The idea of tracking a family Bible for 250 years is intriguing and I imagine was very time consuming, but well worth the time invested. What an amazing gift to the one that it is passed on to. I think most Christian families want to leave a legacy like this one.

Throughout this book you get to know many people across seven generations. The first generation starts in 1766, in Scotland. As the years go by you see how the family ends up in America, and then how they move from one place to another. It is interesting to see how the story unfolds and the way that the Bible gets passed from one generation to the next. There are many stories of the family, documenting births, deaths, moves, jobs held, and other significant events. There is a strong sense of faith in this story, but tragedy in places as well.

I feel like the author did a great job with the story. I felt that it had a very slow start, but once I really got into it, I found it an enjoyable read. It was fascinating to see how the different generations lived, and how much land they would buy at a time, really mind-blowing for the time that we live in now. One observation that caught my attention in the book was “As he traveled down the narrow road, he came to realize that he no longer had any disdain for the English people or any culture as a whole, and he would consider each individual on their own actions.” This was such a profound thought and one that we should all seek to emulate.

One reason I had a hard time getting into this book is that it was written in third person, present tense. I had never read a book written in such a way, so it took a while to get used to it. As the book went along, I did not notice it as much.

Overall, this book is well-written, interesting and worth a read. Fans of historical fiction, especially stories following a family heirloom will enjoy this one.


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About the author

Born in Pensacola, Florida, Stephen spent his wonder years growing up in Las Vegas. The past several years of his working career he held a mechanical engineering position with Army Special Forces. Once retired, Stephen began a new chapter in his book of life writing about a family bible. view profile

Published on December 20, 2020

90000 words

Genre: Historical Fiction

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