• by David Teems
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A beautiful literary tribute to William Tyndale, the poet-martyr-expatriate-outlaw-translator who gave us our English Bible
The English Bible was born in defiance, in exile, in flight, and in a form of exodus, the very elements that empowered William Tyndale to bring the English scripture to the common citizen. Being “a stranger in a strange land,” the very homesickness he struggled with gave life to the words of Jesus, Paul, and to the wandering Moses. Tyndale’s efforts ultimately cost him his life, but his contribution to English spirituality is measureless.
Even five centuries after his death at the stake, Tyndale’s presence looms wherever English is spoken. His single-word innovations, such as “Passover,” “beautiful,” and “atonement,” allowed the common man to more fully understand God’s blessings and promises. His natural lyricism shines in phrases like “Let not your hearts be troubled,” and “for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory.” Every time we say the Lord’s Prayer as it is written in the King James Bible, use the word “love” as it is written in 1 Corinthians 13, or bless others with “The Lord bless thee and keep thee, the Lord make his face to shine upon thee,” we are reminded of the rich bounty Tyndale has given us.
Although Tyndale has been somewhat elusive to his biographers, Teems brings wit and wisdom to the story of the man known as the “architect of the English language,” the English Paul who defied a kingdom and a tyrannical church to introduce God to the plowboy.


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The Voice We Had Before We Were Born

Who can imagine that in relatively recent history ,possession of an English copy of Scripture, in England, could carry a death sentence;that death to be delived by burning at the stake,follwing weeks of torture and starvation? Those were the days ....but what a complex and compelling story is told about one of the central players in the Reformation era This book brings us to one of the great well-springs of the English language.The author takes us to the countryside between the Avon and the Severn,where Tyndale's people spoke a 'vulgar' middle English which was yet to come to full bloom,enriched by pastoral life and grounded in the rural vernacular .This spring undoubtedly fed the creative and inspired writing of Shakespeare and the King James Bible. Tyndale's daily speech rubbed up against the ancient Welsh tongue to the west and became imbued with its softness and musicality.Tyndale's inspiring story is told in a gripping and immediate style. This agnostic reader was enthralled by the religious struggles and faith-courage which Tyndale and other reformers displayed. It is a sobering reminder of the power of religious faith to drive otherwise civilised men to casual brutality,torture and murder. The smell of burning books and burning men is evoked throughout the chapters by David Teems who displays a deep humanist empathy for the characters who move across this stage. For me this is what audio books are best at. A wonderfully written book, beautifully read ,delivers an almost cinematic quality to what a casual bookshelf browser might mistake for a 'worthy' history of a bit player in Olde England.It is a deeply engaging experience which will bring you into the hearts and minds of the people who created so much of our literary and cultural inheritance.
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- MR

One of the greats!

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Wow! what a man and what a legacy he left behind - this book helps to remind us of that fact!

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- Gordon Curley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-01-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.