For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TOS Review - The World's Greatest Stories

We were recently given a copy of George W. Sarris' The World's Greatest Stories CD. It has been a hit at our house. The boys have enjoyed  this CD from the start. We got the one on  The Prophets, which includes the stories of The Blazing Furnace, The Handwriting on the Wall, Daniel in the Lion's Den, Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, The Prophecy of Jonah.

The stories are engaging, dramatic and well read. The best part of these Scripture stories is that they are word for word readings of the Bible. You cannot get better than that. As much as I think retold of Bible stories are good to introduce kids to the Bible, getting acquainted with the original text of the Bible is really the best. And this is what this series provides for you - a reading of the Bible stories that kids can understand, appreciate, enjoy and learn to know well.
I think that these CDs are great for anyone to listen to.

So what exactly is The World's Greatest Story?

The World's Greatest Story is a series of audios containing  more than 18 individual stories from the Bible on 6 CD or cassettes. The stories are read by actor and theologian George W. Sarris, using his excellent mastery of dramatic storytelling, and are taken directly, word for words, from the Bible. They are done both in the KJV and the NIV. Each CD, one hour long, incorporates music and sound effects very well chosen, that help make the stories come alive.

      From the Website:

"Using simply his voice, his memory, and the audience's imagination, he (George W. Sarris) takes us back in time to view Biblical scenes such as the unbridled rage of King Nebuchadnezzar as he commands Shadrach, Meshech, and Abendnego to be cast into the blazing furnace, the sudden fear that overcomes his drunken descendant, Belshazzar, as he literally sees the handwriting on the wall, the repentant hearts of the citizens of Nineveh as they respond in humility to the preaching of Jonah, the angelic announcement of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, Herod's desperate attempt to kill Him as a young child, His ministry of healing and teaching among the people, the sorrow of His death, and the triumph of His resurrection."

Each CD cost $7.95 which I think is a more than reasonable price for the quality you are getting. The 6 CD titles are:

  • The Prophets
  • The Life of Christ
  • Beginnings
  • Joshua and Esther
  • Joseph and His Brothers
  • Defeating Giants

You can listen to clips from the different CDs here.

I am definitely planning on getting the rest of the CDs in the series.

To see what other crew members had to say about the World Greatest Stories head on over to the crew blog.


Disclaimer: I was given a copy of The World's Greatest Stories fro free in exchange for an honest review.

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