Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in  Your Soul  -     By: Walt Russell
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Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul

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For too many of us, reading the Bible is about as enjoyable as pulling weeds. At best, it's unexciting, and sometimes, it's just plain work. But Bible scholar Walt Russell insists that when we study the Scriptures properly, it's like playing with fire-a fire that can ignite dramatic change in our souls. With a style that is both intelligent and engaging, Russell provides the tools you'll need to study different styles of biblical writing in-depth - and unlock their meaning. And with this fuller understanding of God's Word, you'll be able to unleash a heart transforming power that burns away your defenses, bringing radical change to your life! When you read your Bible, why settle for pulling weeds when you could be playing with fire?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: NavPress
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1576831426
ISBN-13: 9781576831427
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Bible scholar Walt Russell insists that when we study the Scriptures properly, it is like playing with fire—a fire that can ignite dramatic change in our souls. With an intelligent, engaging style, Russell puts the tools in your hands that enable you to study different styles of biblical writing in depth. And this fuller understanding of God’s Word unleashes a heart-transforming power that burns away your defenses like fire, bringing radical change to your life.

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Russell wants every Christian to use the Bible to ignite a brandishing flame within the heart and mind. As a professor of Bible at Talbot School of Theology and chairman of biblical studies and theology at Biola University, Russell's teaching experience has spanned 30 years. His passion for the Bible, and the life-changing work that can result from studying and understanding it, is contagious. Russell encourages readers to use five steps to effectively interpret Scripture: identify the genre of the biblical passage (since specific rules apply to different types of writing), determine the main theme and condense it into one sentence, make observations about the structure of the passage, discover the meaning of the Scripture and internalize how it affects us and, finally, make personal application to our lives. Throughout this 13-chapter text, Russell overviews each biblical book's primary and secondary contributions, then reflects upon the internal applications gleaned from the reading. He takes readers through various books of the Bible using a top-down approach, descending from the overarching biblical genre through the unit, paragraph, sentence and eventually to a single word. Russell's admonition to get serious about playing with biblical fire will likely motivate the serious-minded professional, student or layperson. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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  1. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    August 10, 2010
    Osmer Harris
    I had heard Dr. Russell on the Radio and was intrigued at what he offered. He desires that we read the bible intelligently and this is what I desired. I have not progressed far enough in the book to obtain what I desired. Reading this is a real struggle for me. This is not what I would deem a book for the common man. It can be deciphered, but consumes more of my attention than my break time at work allows.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    May 20, 2007
    Tom
    As far as an introductory book on biblical interpretation goes, this is probably going to be one of the best books you can find. It's very readable and quite interesting, especially to someone encountering the material for the first time. I liked how the book covered all genres in the bible and not not simply wrote on the bible as a whole.
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