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~DOWNLOAD ♶ Fire in the Bones: William Tyndale - Martyr, Father of the English Bible ♠ The Leading Personalities Of His Century Would Draw Upon All Their Resources To Stop Him, From The Brilliant Sir Thomas Moore To King Henry VIII From Charles V, Ruler Of Half Of Europe, To The Pope Both Church And State Hunted Him Relentlessly At A Time When The Church Held Power Over Both Soul And Body And Could Condemn The Heretic To Execution By Fire His Crime Translating The Words Of The Bible Into The Vulgar English TongueHe Was William Tyndale, And The Story Of His Life, Told In Fire In The Bones, Reads Like A Novel, As Exciting In Its Facts As Any Fiction Could Be He Knew The Smugglers Secret Marks And Their Intense, Fraternal Loyalty He Tasted The Salt Of Shipwreck And Knew The Despair Of Lost Manuscripts Buried Under The Waves Of The North Sea Intrigue, Safe Houses, Bribes, Spies, Covert Conversations, Last Minute Flight, Aliases, Imprisonment, Loneliness, All Wove Their Spell Into The Riddles Of His Hidden World He Died At Last As A Martyr, But Not Before He Had Bequeathed To The World Some Of The Most Beloved And Sacred Phrases And Terms In Holy Writ, Including Atonement, Still Small Voice, And Let There Be Light Readers Everywhere Will Be Captivated By His StoryMichael Wilcox Received His PhD At The University Of Colorado And Is An Institute Instructor At The University Of Utah He Has Also Taught Institute Classes In Alberta, Canada, And Arizona, And Has Guided Tours To The Holy Land And Church History Sites He Received The Orton Literary Award In For His Book House Of Glory He Lives In Draper, Utah I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in knowing how we got the English translation of the Bible I didn t have any idea how much sacrifice was involved in getting it into its present form This book gave me a greater appreciation for the Bible and the influence it has had on many generations of people No wonder it is the most read book in the world I was very impressed with how Tyndale held onto his mission in life up to the very end that he was martyred I liked the book It would have been even better if it focused solely on Tyndale and his life and his importance in history The author always tried to slip in comparison to Joseph Smith which were not pertinent to the story of Tyndale The message of the book would have been stronger and held up on its own without these comparison s Tyndale was a very courageous man and was truly directed One interesting point of the book was that because Tyndale had rhetorical learning he was able to translate the Bible into the English language with meanings closer to the original intent Because we are not schooled rhetorically today in our modern schools, it would be difficult for any one today to produce something as elegant as the King James version of the Bible. This was a beautiful, well written book about the miracle of William Tyndale s life and his super human efforts to translate the Bible into English for his fellow countrymen His dream was to see an English Bible in the hands of every ploughboy and Wilcox points out that his dream was fulfilled in the hands of Joseph Smith Wilcox draws a lot of parallels between the lives of William and Joseph I found the arguments compelling and the facts well researched Fascinating story It also had short chapters and is not a very long book, which is a good thing for me right now I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of the English Bible or life in the 1500 s in Northern Europe It helped me get a lot of people and dates from the 1500 s straightened out in my head as well. I would give this 4.5 stars if we could do halves It isn t an easy read, but a very good one William Tyndale s life is one that should be shared His work to translate the Bible into English, from the original Greek and Hebrew, and not from the Latin Vulagate used by the Catholic Church and used in the translations into German, Italian, French, Czech, Dutch, Catalan, and Danish , and get it into the hands of the common people, even the ploughboy, was the goal of his life He had other remarkable works published as well That he had to flee from England to do his work, and was persued as a heretic, makes his accomplishments even remarkable He died a martyr, as did many of the reformers of his time The lasting influence of the Father of the English Bible is a testment to the greatness of his life s work Each chapter begins with a quote, all but three from William Tyndale s own writings I found these quotes to be inspiring What a great understanding of God and Christ and their gospel Tyndale had The quotes were done in a fancy font, which was nice, but hard to read, especially since they were such a small size This history was fascinating That so much is known about people who lived 500 years ago is impressive As I read, I would suddently find myself reading the author s commentary rather than the history, without any indication of the change That caught me offguard several times There were practices in the Catholic Church in the early 1500s that Luther, Calvin, Erasmus, Tyndale and many other reformers found no backing for in holy scripture Thus they tried to reform the religion of their time and brought additional light into the world God bless them Review I wrote for At first blush this book may appear to be an academic historical treatment of William Tyndale, who s life is indeed worthy of further study However, the reader will find that the book is really meant to be a faith promoting narrative for a Mormon audience The experiences of William Tyndale are regularly compared to Joseph Smith, the Mormon church s founder, in attempt to make Joseph appear credible and divine This may be fine for an LDS audience, but anyone else will likely be off put by such comparisons.Wilcox does a reasonable job covering Tyndale s story, and presents many of the fascinating aspects of his life in reasonably readable narrative One gets a strong sense of the tyranny of the government and church at that time and the extreme measures they take in an attempt to maintain control of the presses and distribution of printed material Many were punished or burned at the stake merely for possession of materials that were deemed heretical Wilcox also praises the work Tyndale did in translating the Bible, citing examples of his eloquent prose and spiritually inspiring, even poetic, wording Unfortunately, it is distracting to have the text sprinkled with comparisons between Tyndale, Joseph Smith, the Bible translation, and the Book of Mormon But Wilcox really misses the ultimate irony Tyndale was burned at the stake in his fight to freely print the Bible in the English language as well as other religious tracts, while Joseph Smith was murdered by a mob for his ordering the destruction of a printing press in Nauvoo.A surprisingly dark character in this story is Thomas More While he is traditionally known as the heroic character that withstood Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, here we get to see the other side of a man totally committed to the law and the church While he was honest in refusing bribes, helping the poor, and praying for the afflicted, he also was instrumental in burning heretics at the stake Wilcox postulates the possibility that More, even though in prison, still played an key role in the arrest of Tyndale The only ironic justice is that More is actually executed before Tyndale.One cannot help but admire the stoic courage and conviction of these men that helped usher in a new age of religious pluralism If you can look past the regular LDS references, this book may be worth reading But if you re looking for a scholarly historical treatise, look elsewhere. Fire in the Bones is a remarkable account of the life William Tyndale, known as the father of the English Bible A brilliant scholar who mastered several languages, he dedicated his life to translating the New and Old Testaments into the English language so that every English speaking person might read the Bible in his native tongue He did so at a time when such an endeavor was almost always punishable by death Ninety percent of wording of the King James Bible was taken directly from Tyndale s translation Most of the beautiful phrases which comprise the King James verison were crafted by him Many of the sacrifices he made and privations he suffered find their parallels in the lives of great prophets and apostles such as Joseph Smith and Paul of the New Testament Tyndale refused to recant his testimony of his work Ultimately, he sealed that testimony with his life when he was strangled then burned at the stake at the young age of 41 Without question, he played a significant roll in setting the stage for the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ three centuries later The book is well written, informative and a very good read. I was really disappointed in Fire in the Bones by S Michael Wilcox I was excited to read about William Tyndale and I really hoped to come away from the book with a deeper understanding of his life and that period in history Quite frankly, most of the book turned out to be a poorly written and edited commentary on William Tyndale s life, rather than the facts I was especially troubled by the constant presentation of opinion as fact and the stretching of fact to fit opinion I won t trouble myself to read by this author because this was such a poor effort I am also, once again, frustrated with the poor editing present in so many of Deseret Book s publications If they wish to have their publications taken seriously, they really need to insist on higher quality writing and editing I want to like what they publish, but until they pursue a higher standard, it will be hit and miss often miss than hit. Now I have one reason to admire Michael Wilcox This biography of William Tyndale is exceptional I have such a great appreciation now of this reformer who fought valiantly to make the scriptures available in the English language and ultimately gave his life to the cause He was a genius in languages and spoke seven fluently He translated the New Testament from Latin and gave us the beautiful lyrical language which we love While in exile, he studied Hebrew and translated much of the Old Testament It is the world s loss that he was martyred before he was able to finish his work But his life and his martyrdom stand as witnesses of his devotion and his desire that all people be able to read for themselves the words of God He risked his life constantly to print the texts and smuggle them in to England against the wishes of the Catholic Church and others whose livelihood and life style were threatened if the average person had access to the scriptures Brother Wilcox has produced an incredible book which he has researched thoroughly and documented with exactness Many times he draws parallels to the experiences of Joseph Smith Although this is written by an LDS author, the history of the reformers and the coming forth of the English translation of the Bible should be of interest to all. Blah blah blah blah This book could have been 75% better if 75% had been cut out There s a ridiculous amount of repeating information in here The book is written interestingly enough especially for a history book, hooray novel ish format but holy verbose, Batman.I did not realize this was an LDS book I almost fainted when the first page was talking about Joseph Smith Being LDS I didn t mind it, but it definitely narrows down the audience Actually, I did kind of mind it, because this book is about Joseph Smith as much as William Tyndale Every other page talks about Smith Which is fine, but I wasn t actually looking to read a book on him.