Thursday, August 30, 2018

Book Review: Bruce and Stan's Pocket Guide to Studying Your Bible

Bruce and Stan's Pocket Guide To Studying Your Bible: A User-Friendly Approach. Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz. 2001. Harvest House. 112 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]

First sentence: Millions of Americans turn to one literary source for guidance. Some do it daily; others read it only once a week (often on Sundays). To the novice reader, this literary work may seem complicated and intimidating--with references that range from historical to contemporary, spiritual to practical, and serious to comedic. But the diligent reader will be rewarded…Of course, we are talking about the weekly TV Guide. But you knew that. People are much more anxious to read about the plots and schedules of their favorite television shows than to read the Bible.

If you're looking for an extremely basic guide to studying the Bible, then this one is worth considering. Especially if you can pick it up cheap. It is BASIC. How basic is basic? In this one you will learn that there are TWO testaments in the Bible. The Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. The New Testament was written in Greek. You will learn that there are sixty-six books in the Bible. You will learn that you shouldn't randomly point your finger at a verse in the Bible and call that studying. You will learn the importance of reading the Bible in context and grasping the big picture of the Bible.

It is a very quick read. If you know absolutely nothing about the Bible, then this one wouldn't be a bad starting place. It certainly would not be intimidating. Though you should be warned that for better or worse the authors have a frivolous, light-hearted writing style that is far from timeless. This book is very 2000-2001. The Bible is without a doubt timeless and always, always relevant. This book about how to study your Bible in an attempt to be "with it" and "cool" at the time it was published is a bit dated now.

I remember liking the authors more than I actually do. Perhaps other books in the series are better? Maybe I'm thinking of another book by them that I really enjoyed?

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

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