New Title Shares the Literal and Spiritual Meanings in the Bible

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Dowell expertly guides readers through several biblical stories’ hidden meanings

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“Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart stands alone in its uniqueness."

Each book of the Bible tells a story, which relates to a larger story. To understand the big picture, it is important to understand each book’s purpose. Within the pages of Bob Dowell’s new book, Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart—Part Two: Matthew Through Acts ($24.99, paperback, 978-1-61904-370-1; $36.99, hardcover, 978-1-61904-371-8; $9.99, eBook, 978-1-61904-968-0), readers will do more than just read a story from the Bible, they will be able to experience the narrative through a prose summary, which will explain its literal meaning and then a poetic summary will follow, which captures the narrative’s spiritual dimensions. Dowell has taken the time to successfully break down important biblical stories into multiple literal and spiritual meanings so his readers can more easily comprehend what is taking place.

“The combination of prose and poetry in this book will furnish readers with a truly unique head and heart experience,” expresses the author. “Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart stands alone in its uniqueness. Each prose summary is followed by a complementary poetic summary. The prose summary focuses on the fact of the narrative and the subsequent poetic summary focuses on the spirit of the narrative. The Bible narrative, as all great literary narratives, contains both fact and theme. The fact is what happens and the theme is the meaning of what happens. In the case of Bible narrative, theme may be thought of as its experiential dimension and experience is most effectively communicated through poetry.”

Dr. Bob Dowell is a retired professor of English and spent numerous years teaching a course entitled The Bible as Literature and participated in an organization named Christianity and Literature, which is a national and professional association. This book rests on a foundation of extensive teaching experience, extensive Bible study as well as literature in general and of composition mastery of both prose and poetry.

Xulon Press, a division of Salem Communications, is the world’s largest Christian publisher, with more than 8,000 titles published to date. Retailers may order Understanding the Bible: Head and Heart—Part Two: Matthew Through Acts through Ingram Book Company and/or Spring Arbor Book Distributors. The book is available online through,, and

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