SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE NEEDLE’S EYE by Len Bailey
Len Bailey tackles an ambitious concept of combining Bible study and the classic character Sherlock Holmes. In Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye, Holmes and Watson gain access to a time machine and are sent on a series of time traveling adventures for a mysterious client to explore ten of the Bible’s “ultimate mysteries.” The mysteries include why Ahithophel hangs himself, what Jesus writes on the ground
I was both eager and reluctant to read this book. I love the Bible and I enjoy Sherlock Holmes. Combining the two could easily have been a stroke of genius or a disaster. Bailey pulls this off very masterfully. The book is arranged to be read as either a Bible study or as a novel, allowing the reader to wrestle through the mysteries along with Holmes and Watson. Bailey does an excellent job of allowing, as much as possible, Scripture to provide its own answers to these mysteries. Along the way, excellent Bible study methods are put on display. Some of the mysteries aren’t very challenging, while others force you to wrestle. Not only does Bailey stay faithful to Scripture, he also does justice to the characters of Holmes and Watson, creating a believable Sherlock Holmes mystery. Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye is worth the read if you are looking for a fun and educational book.
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