How the Bible became the Bible by Donald L. Odell
How the Bible became the Bible by Donald L. Odell
  • "....provides excellent historical background as well as the author's personal history, which enhances his message by providing a glimpse of how the Holy Scripture can really be used." Lee Carroll, author of "Indigo Children" and many "Kyron" books
  • "I just forwarded to friends Balboa's Introduction to your 2nd Edition. Actually Don, I really think this 2nd Edition could not be more timely. I sincerely think there are more people receptive to opening their minds about their programming of religion or the Bible than ever before...." Pat W., (North Carolina)
  • ".... a refreshing synthesis of scholarship and deep personal reflection. Don O’Dell invites us to enter the experience of biblical personalities and groups, and to feel their struggles to find elusive spiritual coherence within their perception of events...." Dr. Jim Nourse, Ph.D., psychologist, acupuncturist and author of Simple Spirituality: Finding Your Own Way, and Opening the Aloha Mind: Healing Self, Healing the World with Ho’oponopono
  • "This highly readable book takes a conversational tone when, for instance, in Chapter 6 (The Time of Jesus), the author gently transitions us from the Old to the New Testament." New Age Retailer
  • "This book is of much value to the serious student of Holy Scripture. It will enable the reader to view the Holy Scriptures in the context in which the books were written and arranged." James J. DeFrancisco, PhD. Miltha Ministries, Mishawaka, Indiana
  • "....provides excellent historical background as well as the author's personal history, which enhances his message by providing a glimpse of how the Holy Scripture can really be used." Lee Carroll, author of "Indigo Children" and many "Kyron" books

2nd Edition, Revised Material

What Does The Bible Say About Self Examination

Principle - Transformation: Being Right or Being Happy

I just finished another novel by Barbara Kingsolver – one of my favorite authors – called Prodigal Summer. The book covers three separate stories of love over one summer in the southern Appalachians each celebrating the prodigal spirit of human nature as well as of nature, itself. As the stories evolve, they become interconnected.

One of the stories involves an elderly man, Garnett, and his elderly neighbor, Ms. Nannie Rawley, with whom he has always been in conflict. He has always prided himself on his biblical literalism and his political conservatism. He is slowly beginning (without knowing it) to find his predisposition of being dogmatically correct unsatisfying. He is beginning to experience the knowledge that being right is no longer making him happy – and he has always believed the two, being happy and being right, were inseparable.

Garnett is on his way to Pinkies for the weekly All-You-Can-Eat dinner of catfish and hush puppies. The very beginning of his transformation to understanding that his being happy is far more important than being right, is captured in the following paragraph [ISBN-0-06-095903-7, Prodigal Summer, Harper-Collins, 2000, p.134]: “… Pinkie’s was Garnett’s only extravagance, and he liked to look forward to it. He did not tend to eat well since his wife had died. It had been enough years now that he had gotten used to cold meat sandwiches for dinner and a single placemat on the table, but he had never learned to cook. Certainly not something like a hush puppy. How would you even begin to make a hush puppy, what in the world was in one? Nothing to do with a puppy, surely. Garnett had long known, though he didn’t much like to admit it, that God’s world and the better part of daily life were full of mysteries known only to women.”

Often, I find myself looking for lightening bolts or thunder claps when an “AHA” moment or an experiential transformation occurs. However, my experience over the last 30+ years of sobriety has been that most transformational moments come with a beginning similar to that of Garnett’s. He will probably never recall that this was the beginning of a different perception of happiness for him. I only have had two or three Damascus-Road-kind of transformational moments. Clearly, most of mine have been like Garnett’s, since I am no longer the man I used to be. Somewhere along the way transformations were occurring – unknown to me.

I need to be more sensitive to the little things. What about you?

Blessings, Don My book, How the Bible Became the Bible is available for sale.

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"I just forwarded to friends Balboa's Introduction to your 2nd Edition. Actually Don, I really think this 2nd Edition could not be more timely. I sincerely think there are more people receptive to opening their minds about their programming of religion or the Bible than ever before. It appears it takes humans a long time to change - you timed this perfectly! Answering questions about the Bible that many have had but were afraid to ask could really help open the door wider to the changes we desperately need. So you are part of the change! Congratulations for that service to this planet…." Pat W., (North Carolina)
"This website is a great tribute to Don's spiritual work. He is the real deal. He is as authentic in person as he is in his writing. His books and his on-going message have always been very helpful to me in my spiritual journey. Don is a mentor to many, so I'm excited he is getting an opportunity to share his wisdom with more people." Barbara M. (Tennessee)
ISBN (HARD): 9781982243067
ISBN (SOFT): 9781982243081
ISBN (eBook): 978198224307