Book Review: The Whole Thing by Jason English

A Book Review and Reflections on The Whole Thing by Jason English!

The Bible is often explained with an overwhelming emphasis on the brokenness of the world. This is an attempt to teach the story of the entire Bible in a way that is simple, fresh, and memorable, showing how the story isn’t about brokenness, but wholeness. This book is not about brokenness but wholeness. The book does not explain everything, it explains the whole things

Love is a word so misunderstood, for love is simply not about a “feeling”, but about caring for our brothers and sisters; love is about recognizing every human being and every part of creation as made by God, each part deserves love; love is about seeing no race, creed, color or religion, but only the face of God in each human being we meet.

The message of Jesus is about reconciliation–not division–it is about unity, not disunity.  It is not about a place in the “hereafter”, but about NOW, working for the Reign of God, the reign of love NOW!  It is about giving our lives for one another.

I was asked one day by a young high school student, “What can I do to get rid of homelessness?” My reply: “You see the person sitting in the doorway–go feed him!

The Whole Thing is a narrative that invites us to delve more deeply into the Bible and to see it as a story of the human race that continues, and that our hope is in the redeeming love of Jesus.


Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.MIn., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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