Sunday, September 7, 2014

Book Review: The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible

I grew up in the church and have heard every version of every Bible story possible. I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable regarding the Bible, but I must admit that I get lost in certain books, and while I know plenty of verses and stories, I'm not always as comfortable in explaining the big picture significance of each book as a truth still applicable today. (Like how does the book of Ezra prove the faithfulness of God's promises?)

In order to grasp a little more understanding about the Bible (you can never learn too much!) I decided to look over The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible, written by Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers. This book tells you the setting, summary, and significance of every book in the Bible. It was part-history, part-commentary, and gave good information.

I would have preferred some visual resources within the book (such as maps and charts), and the summaries to be more in list form. Everything is written out in paragraph form, which makes it a little difficult  to digest. It's not something you can just glance at to get the gist of each book in the Bible. This book had much of the same information you would find in a study Bible, minus the Scriptures. The authors are obviously well-versed in the Bible, and their analysis and research are sound, but without a lot of visuals and with everything written out in paragraph form, it became very dry, very quickly.

Bottom Line 6.5*/10*
*I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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