It's been a little over a year, since the print and ebook publication, and I continue to be encouraged by the response.
There is very little in print regarding those "extra" Old Testament books, and this book fit that need.
If you have ever wondered about the content of Tobit, the Maccabees, Judith, etc, but never had the time to dig and read, this book will give you an overview of each book as well as discussing how Christian throughout history have used and understand these stories.
Thank you as well to those who commented on Amazon.
Here are a sample of the reviews.
It is about time someone took to giving a good outline and reading companion to these books. So often they are overlooked because sadly most bibles do not include them. This is not only a readable book for those interested but in my mind opens up a world of 'forgotten' Scripture to the modern eyes.
A simple but brilliant idea for a book. I don't know what else to say, buy it and read it. This guy does a great job and he really knows his church history. These books should be a part of EVERY Bible, not just Catholic & some Orthodox Bibles.
Mathis's cliff note style helps one quickly understand the gist of message for each book which further encourages us to read these books.
I went from the Mathis book to read Tobit, Judith and 2 Maccabees and was not disappointed. They are truly very readable, uplifting books as the Mathis book promised. I can see where the early church would use them as preparatory texts.As a gift to readers and future readers, I have put together a study guide for this book.
Our parish used the text in book club, and many of the study questions came out of that discussion.
As well as study questions, several other articles regarding the Readables and further resources for deeper study are included.
To get your free gift, send me an email at email@example.com, and I will forward on the study guide.
Thanks again and God Bless.