A great book for anyone who wants to get a better understanding of Scripture and the New Testament world! Dr. deSilva is a brilliant New Testament scholar with a deep sensitivity for spiritual matters. Well-written and fascinating, this book will inspire and challenge you! The first few chapters provide crucial historical and cultural information. Next, deSilva gives readers an overview of the gospel genre. Then, each book of the NT is discussed. Topics include authorship, date, historical context, important themes and passages, spiritual/ministry formation, exercises for better understanding the Scriptures and more. DeSilva doesn't shy away from controversy, either--he presents different points-of-view that help readers learn to think logically so they can critically evaluate the various teachings they may come across during the course of their lives. This book makes a terrific gift for church leaders, Sunday School teachers, and anyone else who is serious about their faith!