Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect with God Through His Word  -     By: David Whitehead
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Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect with God Through His Word

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212141
ISBN-13: 9780764212147
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Author Bio

David Whitehead has been helping people connect with Jesus Christ for more than 30 years in churches throughout the United States and abroad. In 2009 David launched thedailybibleverse.org, which receives over 600,000 unique visitors a month, and growing. He is the lead pastor of Grace, a congregation in Manhattan, as well as a church planting coach for Acts 29 and Redeemer Presbyterian Church's City to City. David and his wife, Kathleen, live in Manhattan with their two daughters. Learn more at www.thedailybibleverse.org.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Making Sense of the Bible
    December 29, 2014
    Half pint
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    It is a good book dfor understanding the Scriptures!
  2. Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Making sense of the Bible
    September 27, 2014
    Loretta
    Dallas, Georgia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. This book is excellent for new Believers in Christ, or someone who has been just thinking of picking up the Bible who doesn't know God. I really liked it for that purpose. I looked up the location of Modern Haran (pg. 64), and it is up into modern Turkey. The pastor (above review on 9/17/14) didn't give it a fair chance.I believe it is Biblically accurate and I wish it had been written when I was a new believer. Even now, it is very helpful. I like the insight on the different translations, the various writing styles of the Bible. Easy to understand synopsis of each book of the bible. It tells the story of the Gospel in a simple way so that a child could understand. It also had a "Read through the Bible" plan in the Appendix, as well as resources for deeper study to continue your Disc

    ipleship in the Word. I do highly reccomend this book for Pre-teens, Tweens, Teenagers, and adult new Christians who are unfimiliar with God's Word.
  3. Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Misses the Mark
    September 17, 2014
    Pastor Jim
    Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    This book is a mixed bag at best. While it has a good purpose is making the Biblical understanding accessible to the beginning or average laymen, it seems to me to fall short of its purpose.

    Chapter 1 Deals with the differences of translation. It is a survey of the three main methods of translation. He adequately defines these methodsLiteral, Paraphrase, and Dynamic Equivalent. To my mind he does not adequately do the job of explain the difference. One major ingredient that lacks in this chapter is their relationship to Truth. And he favors the more loose translations.

    Chapter 2 Deals with the reader. He rightly indicates that the readers heart is vital part of reading the Bible. That the heart must be open to the exposure of sin; to change of heart; and the strengthening of the heart is necessary. He correctly stresses that we must read the Bible to understand the Bible. It is one of the most vital duties we have as believers. This may well be his best chapter in the book.

    Chapter 3 Deals with the writing styles in the Bible. The Bible is literature written in different styles. He points out that God uses the same creativity in his Word as he did in his creation. This is seen in the number of authors (44) as well as the number of books (66). Within these you can find styles of every type.

    Chapter 4 to 12 is a survey of the areas of the Bible. However to me it is somewhat disjointed for it jumps from place to place and back again (example: Chapter 4 deals with Abraham, Chapter 5 the Gospels, Chapter 6 the Epistles, Chapter 7 back to Old Testament Narratives) that I personally find it confusing. I do not think it will be an aid to understanding the Bible, especially new believers. I am uneasy with him giving the impression that the book of Revelation is to be read even if it is not understandable. For a book to making sense of this book, this seems not to be satisfactory.

    In the whole I am disappointed in the work. The book is very basic, but has factual problems (when did Canaan get moved to Turkey p. 46). It is easy to read which is aided by that numerous use of summaries. However, it misses the mark.

    I received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review.
  4. Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Ok for beginners
    September 13, 2014
    Second Book to the Right
    Medford, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    This book is an excellent introduction to the Bible for new Christians or for those who have never read the Bible.This is only my first go round reading the Bible this year (beyond what I get from church every Sunday and what I got from Catholic school years ago), so some of it would have been helpful to me in the beginning of the year to become reaquainted with the Bible. It's very basic, so if you're beyond the basics, this book isn't for you. Things like why are there so many different translations, which may be right for you, and the pros and cons of each type of translation.

    For someone like me, who has gone slightly beyond the basics, it was kind of boring, going over stuff that I already knew. There were some pearls hidden in there, however, that pulled this book out of boring drudgery. Overall, though, I was disappointed in it, as I didn't realise it was at such a beginner level.

    I'm sure there have got to be better books out there for beginners, something that is a little more indepth.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    An elementary introduction to reading the Bible
    August 19, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This is a good book for new Christians or older Christians unfamiliar with the Bible. Whitehead wants to help us become more familiar with the Bible.

    He explains why there are so many translations and how to choose the right one for our own use. He reminds us of the heart attitude we should have, focused on God, and how to know if it is ours. He helps us understand the various writing styles found in the Bible.

    He explains that the Bible is an epic story of God and how He interacts with His creation. To help us see that he looks at Abraham, Moses, David, and Jesus. He explains the gospels and their various viewpoints, as well as the epistles (letters), giving a short synopsis of each.

    He helps us understand the narrative of the Old Testament and the various perspectives offered, giving a synopsis of each of the historical books. He explains the role of poetry and its literary features, and that of Revelation. The majority of the books in the Bible are prophetic books so he shows their significance, again giving a short synopsis of each.

    This is a very readable introduction to the Bible. Whitehead has included a checklist for reading through the Bible chronologically as well as suggestions for reading more on each topic.

    The author says in his introduction that this is a book about learning how to read the Bible. (15) "The goal in reading the Bible," he writes, " is to get to know and interact with the God of the Bible." (11) This book will help you understand more of what you are reading in the Bible. Knowing God better and interacting with Him more is beyond the scope of this book.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
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