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Woven

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I wanted to review this book as I also heard there would be a teen version coming out and I wanted to see if I could make them work together for a mom/teen study. While I don't think that is going to happen, I did enjoy this more "lighthearted" approach that Angie Smith takes with looking at the bible as a whole, unbroken, story. As someone employed in the church, much of what I read is very heavy or theologically dull but the way Angie approaches the subject makes it less "drudge" and more fun. I look forward to reviewing the teen version as I think my daughters and students may enjoy her style as well.

Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy provided for my honest review.
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I thought that this book was enjoyable and lighthearted with humor in addition to one's real life experiences. I thought that this book was written well and had an easy pace. Easily detail to help understand the Bible.

Overall rating is 3.5 stars.


Thank you NetGalley and publishers for this E-book!
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Un lindo libro sobre historias de la biblia para personas que recien estan empezando en su fe, personalmente el tono estilo "conversación" no es algo que me guste, pero no por eso es un mal libro, sino no mi estilo. Gracias a la editorial y a NetGalley por la copia adelantada!
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Enjoyed this study a lot. I LOVED Seamless and had very high expectations for Woven.

Thanks NetGalley for this ARC.
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Angie does an amazing job of explaining how the entirety of the Bible is woven together and all of it is one big story.

I highly recommend for new believers who want to see the big picture of the Bible and how all this pieces fit together.
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I really enjoyed this book! It was a great wide overview of the Bible and put into context that is understanding to read. I found this to be a helpful guide and had good bits of information.
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I'll read anything by Angie Smith. If she wrote about washing machines I would be first in line. Anything she is involved in is refreshing and honest. I loved her study Seamless and this was a great read to look at the bible as one story "woven" together. This is also just a great resource in general for new Christians or those interested in faith. Thank you NetGalley for providing an eARC copy of this book!
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Angie takes the entire Bible and breaks it down in a way everyone can understand. Having read all of her other books before this, Woven almost feels too elementary. This would be a fantastic resource for women who are newer to faith.
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This wasn't what I expected it to be in terms of layout and content. It wasn't the right book for me. I did appreciate the cute cover.
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I have always enjoyed Angie Smiths Bible studies and I love to hear her speak.   This study shows how the Bible is one story that is woven together beautifully and tells the story of Jesus from Genesis to Revelation.   She provides so much depth with a touch of humor and sarcasm at times.   This is a great Bible study to help you see the Bible as one complete story.   Angie has a way between her study and videos which you can find online to help you see and understand the big picture of God’s Word.  

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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Woven is the first book I’ve read by Angie Smith and I decided that I am just not her intended audience.  The book is written in a casual chatty form like a conversation with a friend and while I can enjoy that in a preface it wears on me when the whole book is written that way.  Some of the banter was sarcastic and I felt even almost irreverent.  So, while I love that she is showing how the Bible is one story the way it is written didn’t work for me.  Thanks to NetGalley and B&H Books for a copy to read and review.  This book was released earlier this year (2021).
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This is a very approachable and helpful resource for those who are knew to Christianity and desire to have a better understanding/overview of the Bible!

It wasn't clear to me from the book cover or description that it's very much not an in-depth take, or that it's truly written for those who did not grow up in the Church/hearing these stories/reading the Bible. While it might still be helpful, as it looks at the through line of God's love and faithfulness from Genesis to Revelation, it very much skims the surface (the majority of Woven is spent on a few books of the Bible, with a couple paragraphs each given to the rest) and assumes the reader has never picked up the Bible before.
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I’ve followed Angie Smith for years and years. I did her Seamless Bible Study in college and it changed the way I approached the Bible! This book felt very similar, but obviously in a written out form rather than a study. This book would be incredible for new or young believers who need some guidance in approaching scripture, as it can definitely be intimidating. Angie writes in a way that is both approachable and biblical. Definitely recommend!
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I love Angie Smith’s books and Bible Studies. Woven provides an excellent overview of the Bible. This book would be great for new believers, but even as someone who has grown up studying the Bible I was still moved by the reminder that the Bible is a story of “God’s pursuing love. Irresistible. Unstoppable. A story of rebellion that he gracefully transformed (and continues to transform) into a story of redemption.
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The writing style is funny and playful, which allows it to present points about the Bible in a way that feels fresh, even when going over well-traveled territory. I'm not sure it has quite the heft it needs to be a great book, but it's certainly well done.
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I have read several books by Angie Smith in the past and have always found her writing to be easy to follow and delightful. She feels like a friend I’ve yet to meet in real life, but someone I am happy to journey with through the pages of her books. Her latest book, Woven, was a joy to read… And if you don’t think a book about the entirety of the Bible can also be fun and have you laughing along the way, well, then you probably haven’t read Angie Smith before, because she is surprisingly  funny!

The introduction reads like a pipe dream… is she really going to walk through the whole Bible and get us all to understand it better? Well, yes, yes, she is. 

She starts in Genesis, because how could she not?!?Having a basic knowledge of creation and the fall is pretty crucial to understanding everything that is to come, not just for this book, but for understanding where we have come from and what Jesus came to do. She goes all the way through from Noah, Job, Abraham (the covenant background was fascinating here!), Isaac, Esau, Jacob/Israel, and Joseph to bring the reader a solid grasp of the first book of the Bible. (It takes a few chapters, but that’s understandable… there’s a lot to cover in there!)

By Chapter 6 she hits Exodus and Moses and Pharoah and the plagues. The stories are familiar and yet told in this way, felt more nuanced and relevant to the whole of Scripture. Jesus, the Passover Lamb, showing up over and over throughout the OT.  We travel with the Israelites into their wilderness wandering, their grumblings, their sin and their unwillingness to believe the report of Joshua and Caleb.  We see Moses ushered into eternity by God Himself. 

In Chapters 8 and 9 we learn about Rahab and Ruth and Boaz, and kinsmen redeemers. We see Joshua(the man and the Book) and observe both the battle for Canaan and some of God’s “watch this” moments. We read briefly of the Judges and of Eli and Samuel. We learn of Saul and David and Solomon. 

The book progresses through the prophets, Esther and all the way to the end of the Old Testament. 
And then we get to Jesus, amazing Jesus. Everything points to Him, his birth, his life, his ministry, his death and resurrection. 
Everything that comes after the Gospels still points back to the Gospels, the good news of who Jesus is. Oh, and Holy Spirit coming in power on Pentecost, how can I read about that and not do a happy dance?!? I loved the imagery of “borrowing boldness” from God Himself as we see Peter do.  I love the reminders of the good news being for all people. I think overall I fell even more in love with the Word of God by reading this book, it brought fresh insight and understanding. 

This was an ambitious book, to be sure, and I think it provides a great overview to anyone curious to understand the Bible in a more cohesive way, with plenty of encouragement for living today thrown in. 

My thanks to NetGallery and B&H Publishing Group for this copy of Woven.
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Angie Smith does a great job of unraveling the threads of the Bible's central storyline of redemption through Jesus's sacrifice. She makes biblical stories more accessible for new believers, but I found myself getting a little distracted by her side commentary. It was cheesy and repetitive at times. I appreciate her work and know this book will be a great gift for those who are looking to deepen their faith with the help of Angie.
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I loved this book! Angie Smith explains the Bible so well and as if you’re speaking with a friend, putting little jokes in there and everything. Hahaha. She’s not making fun of the gospel now, so don’t think that. But she adds little things here and there that you might think before you understand things correctly. I just love how she wrote and explained the Bible and if I don’t get too busy and forget ;) , I’m going to write down all the stuff I learned and want to remember from this book. I love the title WOVEN. Because this is exactly how everything in the Bible is. It’s Woven intricately piece by piece. And I love how she shows us how. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. Thank you to #NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read #Woven and review with my honest opinion.
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Woven is an excellent book for anyone who wants a general summary of the 66 books of the bible, and how they relate to each other in one long story.  This may not be every reader's cup of tea, as it is not always serious, and her narration can sometimes be cutesy and sarcastic. I personally think it's pretty brilliant, while being relatable and still respectful of the text. The story of the bible is yours to grasp here, and context is so important. So this book makes reading a specific book in the bible so much more meaningful.  So, if you are new to the bible, or just want some help grasping the entire narrative of the bible, this may be for you.
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I really enjoyed this book as it is great for both a new believer and someone who has read the entire Bible already.

I did take one star off because she did have a lot of cheesy statements that I did not resonate with.
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