Exactly what I've been wishing for
Here's the thing I realized after finishing this: Ever since I first "really read" the New Testament several years ago I've wished there was some sort of expanded plain english version. I've picked up different translations and study Bibles etc but have never been happy with them. I got the feeling that I was just "missing" a bunch of stuff, and while I grasped and believed in the "important stuff", so many other things throughout seemed like "filler text" or "fluff", meaning I just wasn't grasping it.
This book is that everyman's translation I wished for. It not only sets forth the original text in a more literal translation (even pointing out three or four verses that he intentionally omits because he believes they were later additions by scribes that they pulled from one of the other three gospels) but then follows the text with an expanded version of the text. So, for each verse there is maybe a paragraph containing the (broken up) text of the verse in bold with explanatory and expanding text to put it in context and explain the meaning.
I can't recommend this book highly enough. An amazing read.