Bible Savvy: 4 Volume Set  -     By: James Nicodem
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* Want to build a strong foundation for spiritual growth? This quartet of resources will deepen your knowledge of God's Word! Ideal for individuals and small groups, this essential set includes Epic: The Storyline of the Bible; Foundation: The Trustworthiness of the Bible; Context: How to Understand the Bible; and Walk: How to Apply the Bible. Four slipcased softcovers, from Moody.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 576
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802494048
ISBN-13: 9780802494047
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Series: Bible Savvy

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Made up of four individual volumes (Epic, Foundation, Context, and Walk), Bible Savvy is a foundational resource for those wanting to better understand the Bible. From the whole storyline of the Bible to personal application and how to live it, this set of four accessible books is an ideal resource for small groups, Sunday school classes, youth groups, and individuals seeking to increase their breadth of knowledge about God's word.

Epic: The Storyline of the Bible unveils the single theme that ties all the various parts of scripture together: redemption.

Foundation: The Trustworthiness of the Bible explains that the Bible is God's book, not merely man made, and why it can be wholly trusted.

Context: How to Understand the Bible shows readers how to read the different parts of the Bible as they were meant to be read and how they fit together.

Walk: How to Apply the Bible helps readers put their greater understanding of the text into practice and how to draw real-life applications from it.

Author Bio

JIM NICODEM has been the senior pastor of Christ Community Church since its start in 1984. Beginning with a group of six families, the church has grown to over five thousand people at four campuses. A significant focus on reaching spiritual seekers has resulted in scores of new believers being baptized each year.Born and raised in the Midwest, Jim did his schooling in Biblical studies (BA/Wheaton College; MDiv, DMin/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). In keeping with Christ Community Church's mission to make passionate disciples of Jesus Christ, Jim loves to mentor others in prayer and the study of God's Word. With that goal in mind, he has authored Prayer Coach: For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and Onto the Praying Field (2008) and the four-book Bible Savvy series (2013).Jim and his wife, Sue, have been married for more than thirty years and have three grown children. Jim enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking for recreation. He loves to hang out in Chicago, where he can watch the Cubs play (no better park than Wrigley) or listen to the world-class Symphony Orchestra. The local Starbucks also sees a lot of Jim, accompanied by books (mostly biographies) or friends.

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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Small Books Pack a Big Punch
    January 11, 2014
    Lauren Yarger
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This set of four, small books packs a big punch for those who want to understand the bible a little better. The bible is one of the most influential books, but many people haven't read it in its entirety, or feel intimidated while reading it. This four-volume set is a guided tour.

    The easy-to-read text in each book (about 130+ pages in an approximate 5 x 7 x 1.5 package) is broken by subheadings and pull-out quotes. They are a handy reference for anyone exploring the claims of the bible, wanting a better understanding of it or for small group leaders. Each chapter offers a study guide at the end.

    Epic -- The Storyline of the Bible focuses on redemption.

    Foundation -- The Reliability of the Bible explores doctrine

    Content -- How to Understand the Bible fits the pieces together by looking at various settings

    Walk -- How to Apply the Bible offers practical application

    Most appealing is that each little book isn't overwhelming. They don't intimidate with volumes of heady information that only biblical scholars have time to sift through. The compact (and in my case paperback) booklets seem an easy read over a cup of tea or during a couple of daily quiet times. The information contained, however, is pretty meaty. This isn't the USA Today version of the bible, but a detailed breakdown and road map. It's also written in a style that is appropriate for either beginner or experienced bible study leader.
  2. TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good introduction to Bible study
    August 25, 2013
    Randy A Brown
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Bible Savvy Series is a four-book series by Jim Nicodem that lays a strong foundation to study, interpret, and apply the Bible.

    The series consists of four books: Epic: The Storyline of the Bible, Foundation: The Trustworthiness of the Bible, Context: How to Understand the Bible, and Walk: How to Apply the Bible. Each book contains a study guide for each chapter in the book. The study guides are great for small group study.

    Epic: The Storyline of the Bible

    Epic shows how the Bible is a complete story that focuses on single main theme of redemption. It starts by talking about what the Bible is and then gives a quick overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

    It's hard to cover the entire Bible in just one small book. Nicodem spends too much time talking about things that are outside the Bible- such as TV shows, nativity statistics, and just stories in general.

    Foundation: The Trustworthiness of the Bible

    Foundation shows how the Bible is the Word of God and not just a man-made book. It shows that the Bible is accurate and trustworthy.

    This book needed some footnotes for further study. There are lots of archaeological evidences given to help show the Bible is the Word of God, but there are no references given to show where the information came from.

    Context: How to Understand the Bible

    Context gives rules for interpretation of Scripture.

    Some of the advice could be a little better. For example, Nicodem makes the comment, "But you don't need to pay attention to multiple definitions of a word that you are studying. Simply select the single definition that fits its setting best." Here's where I would recommend using study tools such as lexicons, dictionaries, and the original languages to help determine the best definition to choose. It's not very wise to choose pick a definition you think might fit the best.

    Walk: How to Apply the Bible

    Walk focuses on application. It shows how to use the themes and teachings in the Bible to apply to your life.

    The Bible Savvy Series is a good introduction for small groups, classes, and personal study to show the Bible is the Word of God, how to study, and how to apply it.

    Conclusion

    The series does cover some good material. Overall I thought there was too much time wasted on things that didn't pertain to the Bible. It was too conversational. The author talked about TV shows, movies, etc., and gave too many stories for comparisons with Biblical events. As with any book that includes doctrine, I caution readers to do their own study as there are several theological points that can be interpreted with other points of view. The series is well written and easy to read and follow, it just needed to stay focused on the Bible.

    Moody Publishers provided these books free for review. I was not required to give a positive review- only an honest review.
  3. Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Bible Savvy Series Review
    August 14, 2013
    Shoopette
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    My husband teaches a class at our church called Overview of the Bible, and this series of books would fit in perfectly. Jim Nicodem writes this series of books very plainly so that anyone can pick them up and understand what is being said. However, at the same time, he doesn't insult the reader. I felt like I was in a conversation with Jim rather than reading a book.

    New Christians, or people wanting to know more about Christianity, will learn a lot about how the Bible is put together and get a better grasp of what is in it. Those who have been Christians longer will be able to gain a better understanding of concepts they know (or think they know).

    I recommend these books to everyone wanting to grow closer to God by getting better at reading the Bible.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great for Bible study or small groups
    August 5, 2013
    Booklover10
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This new series by James L. Nicodem is one that I know I will go back and use many times. These short and concise books make them easy to carry along and they are also easy to read. I like how they are written for the everyday reader to understand. The books market themselves as good for those who are new believers to believers who like to study the Word. I'm impressed with all the topics covered within these 4 books.

    The first book, Epic: The Storyline of the Bible, goes from Genesis to Revelation and tells a quick and very brief summary of what happens throughout the different chapters of the Bible. I like that these books lend themselves to Bible Study use or small group use. At the end of each chapter, there are study questions that take you into the Word and the sections of the Bible that you are reading about.

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    The second book, Foundation: the Reliability of the Bible, is just as the title of the book states. It's a book that questions whether or not the Bible can be trusted and if everything on the pages of the Bible are true. It also is a great resource for group studies and I think it would lend itself to some very deep discussions. The study guide is well laid out and easy to use.

    The third book, Context: How to Understand the Bible, is probably my favorite. So much in today's Scripture quoting is taken out of context. It's great to memorize it, but context needs to be understood to understand what God's promise is for His people. It covers the historical setting, the literary setting, theological setting, and the immediate setting. It also gives many examples to help show the reader what he is trying to say. The study questions in this book are also great and would lend itself to great discussions.

    The last book, Walk: How to Apply the Bible, gives feet to what has been discussed already. It shows you how to take Scripture and be able to apply it to your life. It gives you things to pray about and really think about. After all, living it out is the hardest but most necessary part of our Christian lives! As you can imagine, the study discussions to this book alone would bring some very intense discussions. I think many churches need to do some classes with these books!

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    I received these books free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book
  5. Plainfield, Indiana
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent and Practical!
    July 28, 2013
    JohnDeereGirl
    Plainfield, Indiana
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Title: Bible Savvy (4 Book Set)

    Author: James L. Nicodem

    Date I Finished Reading: July 21,2013

    My Rating: 5/5

    I love when I come across a book that is just practical, yet still full of truth. I do! They are biblical, easy to understand, and easy to apply. The Bible Savvy Series is one of those reads. Based on scripture, easy to read, and full of biblical, practical applications, I found this series to be very beneficial to me!

    Epic: The Storyline of the Bible

    In this first installment of the series, NIcodem walks through the Bible, making a brief overview of it's vast plot. Working his way from Genesis to Revelation, he shows how all of scripture is one common theme. Even though there are 66 books within the Bible, they are all part of one plot: The story of redemption. He discusses the outline of redemption prompted, redemption prepared, redemption prophesied, redemption purchased, redemption proclaimed and redemption perfected. Seeing how all books and divisions of the Bible fit together under one common story line helped me to better comprehend how the pieces fit together as well as to be reminded that each portion of scripture is important and not to be overlooked as unimportant.

    Foundation: The Reliability of the Bible

    In this second book, we are shown just how we know that the Bible is what the Bible says that the Bible is (comprehend?). The key topic throughout is how we know that the Bible is truly the word of God? How do we know that it is God-breathed? How do we know it is true? How do we know it is without error? How do we know that we can trust the Bible? Basically, it describes to us why and how we can have confidence in the Word of God. In today's culture it has become extremely important that we know what we believe, and how to defend that belief. This book proved to be a wonderful tool in answering those questions, and giving me knowledge to pass on to others when this topic arises.

    Context: How to Understand the Bible

    Out of all of the books in this series, I believe that I found this one to be most beneficial and helpful to me. In this particular volume, Nicodem discusses each genre of scripture and presents you with how to properly read and understand them. He discusses books of poetry, books of prophesy and everything in between. As I read it I was encouraged to better study and search scripture as well as to better utilize outside resources in order to better understand the context under which different scriptures were written, which will help me to better understand the meaning of God's Word.

    Walk: How to Apply the Bible

    I feel that this book did an excellent job at wrapping up the Bible Savvy series and showing why this is relevant and applicable to our personal lives. He also walks through the COMA outline and provides wonderful examples that allow you to both learn how to as well as actively practice searching out the context, observations, message and application of scriptures. It was extremely helpful in helping me to comprehend how to better understand scripture as I read and study God's Word.

    I would most definitely recommend this series to you if you desire to better understand, study and apply scripture to your life!

    Note: I received this series free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. However, opinions are my own.
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