Saturday, August 16, 2014
Book Review: Making Sense of the Bible
By David Whitehead
Bethany House, 2014
English, 176 pgs
I Want to Read the Bible, but Where Do I Start?
The Bible can seem like an intimidating book, but it may be easier to understand than you think. Making Sense of the Bible will teach you how to enjoy studying it on your own.
David Whitehead has been helping people engage with the Bible for years, including through his popular website, The Daily Bible Verse. The Bible is an incredible gift from God to you, and this brief "user's manual" will teach you how to get the most out of it. Perfect for individual or group use, this book answers basic questions like how to know which Bible version is right for you, and from there introduces you to its stories, people, and major themes.
In the end, reading the Bible isn't just about knowledge, it's about connecting with the God who speaks through His Word. Let this engaging book help you hear what He wants to tell you.
This is a very basic, introduction to the Bible. This is something for someone who has struggled with reading the Bible or who is new to Christian faith and doesn't know where to start.
The chapters are fairly short and quite packed with information. It covers topics like the neverending differences between translations, the writing styles in the Bible (letter, poetry, history) and gives a brief overview of the topics of the books.
It covers the stories of Abraham, Moses, David and Jesus in separate chapters. These are central figures in the Bible after all and they are handled in a concise and informative manner.
The chapters on the general books really help to see a quick overview of each book. This is a starting point and really isn't overly academic. It has a nice section in the back for other resources.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review on this blog and a commercial bookselling site. No additional compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.