Moses (Straight to the Heart Series: 60 Bite-Sized Insights)
A must have commentary!
This book comes from the Straight to the Heart Series and is amazing! After going through this book on Moses I want to add all the other books in the series to my collection! The Straight to the Heart Series adds insight and revelation along with your daily Bible readings. This is an excellent and easy to read commentary.
This book has '60 bite-sized insights' that are packed through with knowledge about language, cultural relevance and answers to the questions that may confuse you while reading through Exodus. These books are written in such a way that you do not need to be a scholar to glean from them. This book helped discover new information about verses that I previously glanced over not realizing the importance of what was being said. This commentary is well written and researched and very thought-provoking.
I highly recommend the Straight to the Heart books to read alongside your Bible. Each day you will be amazed at the little things that were missed and how words were interpreted and the relevance of cultural concepts that are lost to us today.
I was provided this book complimentary through Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
February 17, 2012
Best commentary every read!
I have read many commentaries on the various books of the Bible. Some good, some not real informative and some I would never read again. However, I found this commentary to be informative, well written, easy to read, and applicable to my life today.
Phil Moore leads a thriving church in Wimbledon, London. He also serves as a Bible teacher and evangelist within the Newfrontiers family of churches. After graduating from Cambridge University, Phil spent time on the mission field and then in the business world. He had devoted many years to the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures, and he brings them to life inthe language of today in the Straight to the Heart series. When Phil is not writing, he likes getting beaten at football by his young children.
Out of all of the books in this series I chose to review this one because Moses and the first five books of the Bible are dear to my heart. (As well as the rest of the Bible.) I especially wanted to see what he would say about the tabernacle the Israelites built in the wilderness. (Only because I wrote an indepth teaching about the tabernacle in the wilderness.) Also I wanted to see how Pastor Moore would take such a huge chunk of the Bible and make it into a manageable commentary.
I was not disappointed. For example:
Could anything speak more loudly about the humility of God's presence? The same God who defeated Pharaoh, a ruler whose name was Egyptian for Great House, condenscended to make his dwelling place in a lowly desert tent.... The book of exodus goes out of its way to express that the glorious, transcendent God the Savior is also the intimate, immanent God the Indweller.... The mighty, invisible God of the Hebrews is humble enough to dwell in a tent among his People.... [pp 99, 100]
Through out the whole time I read this book, I was brought to tears. He showed me my God, God the Savior, was also God the Indweller, God the Holy One, God the Faithful One, and God the Covenant Keeper, in a fresh way that was relevant to me.
This book definitely has encouraged in my walk with Jesus, given me more ideas to think and write about and helped me to see my Lord in a fresh way. Sometimes we just need a fresh reminder of who our Lord God is, and this series will gently remind us if we keep our heart, eyes and spirit open to the Lord.
I am adding a link for you to click on to read a sample chapter from this book. Be sure to do so... you won't be disappointed.
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Also, here is the link to Phil Moore's other commentaries. There are more sample chapters you may view.
Here is an extra bonus for you!
Beginning February 22 and continuing through Easter Sunday, Kregel Publications will be tweeting links to Straight to the Heart of Romans. The entire book will be posted as short, five to ten minute, daily readings. I want to encourage you to check out this fresh, and free, engagement with the Bible. Find it by following Kregel Publications or #Straight2Heart on Twitter.
Kregel Publications made this review possible by providing me with a review copy of Straight to the Heart of Moses. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.
February 14, 2012
Tough, Chewy Bites
I had mixed feelingsÃ¢ÂÂmostly goodÃ¢ÂÂabout Phil MooreÃ¢ÂÂs book, "Straight to the Heart of Moses." This book is part of the "Straight to the Heart" series. Each book in the series, as I understand it, gives the reader "60 Bite-Sized Insights" into the portion of the Bible that is the topic of the book. In this case, Moore is giving us 60 insights into Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
Some of MooreÃ¢ÂÂs insights are amazing. He really made me think and helped me see MosesÃ¢ÂÂ storyÃ¢ÂÂand othersÃ¢ÂÂin fresh ways. I loved that!
I also like the way he connected what was going on with the Israelites to the New Testament. He showed how different events in this chronicle corresponded to or were parallel with the Gospel of Jesus. In other words, Moore compared GodÃ¢ÂÂs work in saving the Israelites with JesusÃ¢ÂÂ work to save each of us.
Each insight is about four pages long. IÃ¢ÂÂm thinking this is why theyÃ¢ÂÂre called bite-sized. However, many of these are tough meat, chewy bites that require much work to digest. I liked that, but it wasnÃ¢ÂÂt what I expected when I read bite-sized. (I was probably thinking M & M's.)
My only frustration with this came when Moore would attempt to tackle an especially big point in those four pages. Rather than explain in full, heÃ¢ÂÂd offer footnotes with minor clarifications or Scripture for further reference. IÃ¢ÂÂd follow these in an attempt to understand, but sometimes I wished Moore would have simply written more. I could tell he was on to something, but I needed clearer connections and greater explanations.
I recommend he write a bigger book. (ThatÃ¢ÂÂs a compliment.)
In the meantime, IÃ¢ÂÂm thankful for insights offered here and leads to pursue for even more insights. If you enjoy Bible studies that prompt you to dig, I recommend this book.
Thank you, Kregel Publications, for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my review.
February 13, 2012