Thursday, January 26, 2012
time for a book review:
William Tyndale: The Man Who Gave God An English Voice by David Teems
Great book that tells the story of 1 Bible translator in the time of our history when control of the people by the official church resembled current day I*slam. The medieval church's control of governments helped create and enforce laws preventing the Bible from being read, studied or interpreted into the language of the common man or from the Vulgate. Doing so resulted in death by fire. This was the fate of William Tyndale.
After leaving the country of his birth during the reign of Henry the 8th, never to return, Tyndale spent his life on the run. David Teems does an excellent job of allowing us to peep over the shoulder of the translator as he works. Teems brings into the story how diiferent players in the court aided the reformation and supported the translators. Anne Bolyen was one such supporter who gave to Henry a copy of one of Tyndale's (now an outlaw) books.
I am constantly reminded through history and current examples how religion has never been man's answer. Religion will always be used by humans to enslave other humans. No, the answer is a relationship with the Creator God, through JESUS' death on a cross, guided by the Holy Spirit. Tyndale's goal was to give English speakers the ability to know his God just as close as he himself knew Him.
I received a free copy of this book. Opinions are 100% mine and I have never been one not to share.