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

Spiritual Christianity Based On Faith

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each of you from western North Carolina.

Marcia and Don want to wish each of you a very merry Christmas, happy Chanukah or blessed Kwanzaa and hope for a wonderful 2022 for us all. Our little dog, Lieutenant Beauregard (Beau), continues to worm his way deeper and deeper into our hearts. Don refers to Beau as being “A 10-pound maneater – he’ll kiss you to death.”

To the extent we can, we have remained connected although neither of us are enthralled with “Zooming.” We have remained active users of our Blue Zones community programs – mostly cooking classes, which Don has been fascinated attending.

Don’s daughter Leslie, our daughter-in-law Jill and grandson Jackson (almost 16 years old) are doing extremely well in Portland, OR. Careers aside, Leslie is a gourmet chef and Jill is an expert griller. Together, the meals they serve are superb. All three have been at home since the pandemic – working and/or schooling. We were unable to be with them again this year.

Marcia’s daughter, Amy, has taken the opportunity of completing a few repairs and upgrades in her lovely house in Old Town Alexandria, VA. Don’s son, Chris (and Marcy) with children Elliot (19) and Ian (almost 16), are undergoing some changes, as well. After HS, Elliot is taking a year off from academics before attending William & Mary as did his Mom & Dad

A significant event in our lives this year was the diagnosis of a squamous cell carcinoma in Don’s neck below his right ear lobe. We discovered this in mid-November about the time of his 79th birthday. His primary care physician has been remarkable in setting him up with very good oncologists – both chemo and radiation. One worked for over 20 years at Duke Medical and the other came to NC after working a decade in UT’s Medical Center in Knoxville. He will undergo 7 weeks (35 sessions) of radiation along with 7 weekly chemotherapy infusions. It will not be pleasant, but the outcome of this protocol has been very successful. We are still getting our ducks in a row. The official treatments are scheduled to begin around January 10th. Our cadre of friends from AA, ACA, the condo and our UU congregation has already been remarkable. Stay tuned.

With all our love we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas/Chanukah/Kwanzaa and Happy New Year, and pray for the very best for each of you in the coming year. We hope you are able to continue to walk your spiritual path with Patience, Compassion, Tolerance, Light, and the knowledge of our acceptance by the Christ, whose spirit has transformed each of us and whose birth we celebrate. Hopefully, 2022 will bring less divisiveness and conflict to our nation and the world.

With our warmest blessings, Don & Marcia O’Dell, Brevard, NC

Don, Marcia, and Beau

*How the Bible Became the Bible - Exploring how the Bible came to be and why a literal interpretation of it may be dangerous. This exploration may open a door to your continued spiritual growth.

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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)
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)
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