The book is a Humanist Bible, written by AC Grayling in the editorial style of the Bible or Quran.
I’m personally deriving great pleasure from reading what is, in essence, a philosopher’s Bible. It reads like scripture and contains the philosophical books of Genesis, Wisdom, Parables, Concord (on friendship), Lamentations, Consolations, Sages, Songs, Histories, Proverbs, The Lawgiver, Acts, Epistles, and The Good.
The Humanist Bible makes no mention of Gods or the supernatural. It focuses, instead, on wholesome philosophy and on the value of wisdom traditions. It also does not cite its sources, so it’s not for people in the academic world who are concerned about such things. It’s meant to be used as scripture in liturgy (Humanist weddings, funerals, etc.) or for inspiration and study of philosophy and in the development of our own wisdom traditions. Here are some quotes:
“The first inquirers named nature’s elements atoms, matter, seeds, primal bodies, and understood that they are coeval with the world; They saw that nothing comes from nothing, so that discovering the elements reveals how the things of nature exist and evolve. Fear holds dominion over people when they understand little, and need simple stories and legends to comfort and explain; But legends and the ignorance that give them birth are a house of limitation and darkness. Knowledge is freedom, freedom from ignorance and its offspring fear; knowledge is light and liberation.” - Genesis 2:7-11
Who lies down with dogs will rise with fleas. - Proverbs 34:8
Each chapter in Proverbs deals with a specific subject. I was very surprised to find many aspects of Epicurean cosmology in the book of Genesis, which teaches a naturalist version of the Biblical Genesis, including the Epicurean doctrine that “nothing comes from nothing”.
My favorite books were Parables, which reads like a philosophical 1001 Nights, and the Lawmaker which is a complete introductory course in the philosophy of leadership and gives a LOT of useful and pragmatic advise on tact, on alliances, on delegating tasks, strategy, etc.
The Good Book, again, is HUGE and meant for inspiration; reading it is a long-term task. It won’t be read in one sitting. (There’s a Good Book study group on atheist nexus but it’s not too active)