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Review: A Rooster Once Crowed: A Commentary on the Greatest Story Ever Told by Bryant Cornett

Book Summary

From a one-room Sunday school class—the lesson that’s been downloaded over 8,000 times in 54 countries—comes A Rooster Once Crowed, A Commentary on the Greatest Story Ever Told.
We live in those few moments between the first and the second crow of the rooster: between decision and indecision, between knowing and being known. But do you even care?

Small decisions made today establish our path for all time, and yet we piddle with a piece of this and a taste of that. We diet on wisdom from antiquity and gorge on culture that is next month's joke.

This story is an opportunity to gorge on Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, in context. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and an opportunity to see for yourself what it actually is, rather than what we mold it to be, and to finally choose whether or not to care.

Through small stories and a modern context, this book will help you understand and decide what you believe about the greatest story ever told.


When I first heard about this book, in my mind, I thought it would be different. That’s not to say it wasn't good but I was expecting and entirely different type of book. With that said, I was impressed with Cornett’s passionate, introspective commentary regarding what many Christians would consider, “the greatest story ever told.” As the title suggests, A Rooster Once Crowed, is dually based on the story of Peter and the rooster who crowed three times and a Sunday school lesson that he gave. 

Cornett’s commentary places the reader within the Gospel story. For many who had any type of Christian foundation growing up, these stories & tenets should be familiar as you follow through the book. For those just being introduced, it will allow a modernized, refreshed perspective that gives a great insight that can teach and inspire your own interpretations. Using biblical passages, personal stories, and suggested readings to accommodate each chapter, he opens and challenges your own beliefs which I felt was a great starting place for conversation about a subject that has over time left many Christians divided. It allows you to sit back and really delve deep inside and consider your own relationship that encourages and challenges new insights that will either strengthen or allow an interpretative perspective of understanding the Gospel.

One thing that stands out is the question of “what do I believe?” Whether you believe or not, in some point whether through school or conversation, this subject has been talked about. I will admit that there were some aspects of this commentary that I felt different about but that doesn't deter my thoughts of this being an engaging, well thought out and reflective book. Whether you are faith driven or not, I think this is a commentary that will definitely promote a starting point for an insightful conversation.

Reviewed by Michelle Bowles

Pages: 208 pages
Publisher: Carpenters Son Publishing (January 1, 2014)

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