Many people struggle to both read and understand the Bible. I do and it has been a part of my life all my life.
I believe that both professing Christians and those who seek to understand the Bible in a more academic fashion are constantly looking for helps in gaining a foothold in reading and understanding this very influential book.
I believe that 90 Days Thru the Bible published by Tyndale Momentum, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers, in cooperation with Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, offers readers a helpful, though very devotional, introduction to the Bible. Written for the purpose of drawing “the major themes out of each book of Scripture and to meditate on how each one contributes to God’s great story,” I found this book to do just that. It successfully provides an good and succinct overview of each book in the Bible without going into specifics that can be addressed in other books and materials. And in other ways, offers the reader a very helpful summary of some major themes and ideas that have challenged both the faithful and the skeptical.
For example here is a quote from the section on the Old Testament of Leviticus about the issue of holiness:
“But because God is relentlessly, passionately, and unfathomably good, holiness for us means becoming relentlessly, passionately, and unfathomably good.”
Most of the Biblical books are given a “one day” treatment. However books like Genesis, Psalms, Isaiah, Luke, Romans, and Revelation are given a two or more day treatment. And while acknowledging diverse interpretations and view points on certain themes, such as Revelation, the book also stays to ‘big picture’ approach suitable for giving the reader a very good introduction to that book.
I liked it because it provided a very succinct, yet warm, introduction to the Bible that does not intimidate the reader but, I believe, draws them in to see a larger and more comprehensive perspective of a personal and passionate God and His love for us. I find it suitable for both those who are approaching Bible study from a personal faith perspective and those who have a more rigorous approach to studying the Bible.
I give this book a ‘great’ rating.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale House Bloggers Review Program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive view.