The Good Book by Deron Spoo
Published April 1, 2017 by David C. Cook
Genres Nonfiction, Christian
Though the Bible is the world’s bestselling book, it can seem big, complicated and mysterious. Now there is a way that will help you unpack its biggest ideas, making the whole Bible accessible. By zeroing in on just 40 key Bible chapters, The Good Book unlocked the major themes of Scripture to reveal God’s heart and mind, making the Bible uniquely personal. The Good Book will help you discover not only the Bible’s core truths but also the One who is behind every word on every page. As you delve into Scripture, you will draw closer to the God who loves you and who wants you to experience the joy of learning into his gracious plan for your life.
The Good Book in broken down into 8 different sections; In The Beginning, God is Good When Life Gets Messy, God is Big, Tough Love, Troubled Times, Jesus Has Just Entered The Building, Jesus Won’t Leave Us As We Are, Following Jesus and God’s Message For You. Each section is then broken down into several chapters that go along with the main idea of the section, such as many chapters from Genesis appearing in the first section In The Beginning. For example, the very first chapter in the first section is titled, You’re More Like God Than You Think, Genesis 1. Before the first page of each chapter, the scripture in reference is printed so the reader can read the Biblical chapter before reading the chapter discussing it. The author also provides a short For Reflection section at the end of each chapter, which is helpful in bringing the idea of the chapter to a conclusion.
Although I am very familiar with most of the scripture presented in the book, I enjoyed the set up of the book and think that it would be especially helpful for those who are new to the Bible. Even though I am very familiar with the scriptures presented, I enjoyed the way the book was written and it gave me a chance to re-read some chapters that I don’t come across often in my daily devotionals or scripture writing. There are a lot of chapter presented that individuals who are familiar with the Bible will probably have read several times such as Genesis, Psalm 23 and 1 Corinthians 13. I think this is a great book for anyone who is new to the Bible or who wants to take a different approach in reading or re-reading some of the chapters that contain the Bible’s biggest ideas. I think it would also be a good book to use in a Bible study setting. It is easy to read and the author gives us insight into how to apply the Biblical chapters presented in the book into our daily lives.
Thank you to the publisher for sending my an ARC.