This book made plain what is needed in todays Christian Environment so one can tell if what is preached is really what God said or anyone else. It provide a way to ask yourself question of the text and I found that helpful in finding the answers.
From all my schooling and years of bible study, this book provides the best overview for understanding how to read the different genres of the Bible in the most concise and easily understood manner. It would be wonderful if every Christian had this information for their own study to prevent them from seeking to apply misunderstood principles in their lives. It should be required of anyone apsiring to teach the Bible to others.
Maybe a better name would have been "How to Rape the Bible for all it's worth." Very poor book on hermeneutics. And I still can't understand how they could be so insane as to say that when you study the Bible it's O.K. to use paraphrases but not the KJV or NKJV. They could very well be committed for think that paraphrases are better than the Bible used by the Church for almost it's entire history. And I know KJV was translated in 1611 but that only marked the English version, the text was around for a very long time and was even called the "received text" because it is what was regarded as being the true text of the Bible. And their research was so bad it's sinful. They, for example, dust out the tired old argument that 1 John 5:7 was added to the received text in the 17th century even though John Calvin quotes it in his Institutes of the Christian Religion in the 16th century. How is it that it was added in the 17th century when it was quoted by Church Fathers who died before it was added? Either Calvin had a time machine or these fellows didn't research this book at all. And no I'm not a KJV only person. I just don't take kindly to incompetent scholarship.
It is a relatively solid introduction to hermeneutics. The twenty page advertisement for the TNIV translation in chapter 2 is tedious and erases a good bit of Gordon Fee's credibility. Fee was on the committee that translated the TNIV and it is published by Zondervan, which also published this book. Had it not been for chapter 2, I would have given this book 4 stars.