While I was a student at Bible college, I was constantly looking for a mini commentary of sorts, a book that would give a brief overview of each book of the Bible, but something that was also affordable and easy to use. I never found such a thing while I was a student, but Tyndale just released Ryken's Bible Handbook, just the thing I have been looking for!This handy hardcover reference book is full of information. It includes full color maps, charts, and illustrations. Each book of the Bible is outlined; that in itself is an incredible resource. I love reading the Bible with an outline to accompany me. My reading becomes much more focused, purposeful, and intriguing. The key biblical doctrines are explained in an accessible way. Ryken's Bible Handbook even includes a one year Bible reading plan.Although many Bible reference books have the tendency to be as dry as sawdust, Ryken's Bible Handbook is nothing close to that. It is fascinating, and at times, even hilarious! For instance, the chapter about Hosea is titled "The Prophet Married a What?" Yes, I laughed. This is a great resource that I plan to use for many years to come. It won't be sitting on my bookshelf much because I will be using it often!I was provided a review copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers.
This book is truly a treasure waiting to be used and is designed that way. The book is has a hard cover, and stays open nicely when using it alongside your Bible. It is designed to be used and the binding appears that it will hold up to the use and abuse that I'm sure it will receive.Each chapter correlates with a book in the Bible and in the same order, making it very easy to use along with your Bible study. The first page of every chapter starts out with a fact sheet telling listing important facts about that book of the Bible. Some chapters contain charts and outlines, illustrations and maps. There are also challenges that face the reader listed and suggestions how to meet those challenges. Also listed are most common misconceptions about the book being studied.As you continue on through using this book, you will find many lovely helps. There are Did You Know sections, key verses, and important information highlighted on the side of the pages. You will find tips for reading, key doctrines, main themes, and much more throughout each chapter.At the end of each chapter is a section called Perspectives, and this section is has quotes from many different recognizable people as well as others unknown to me. These are really interesting and helpful.The last part of the book is reserved for wonderful helps. There is a one year Bible reading plan, an index of articles, many full color maps and a few full color charts.This is a lovely reference book that will be used over and over. It is very easy to use, will help you to understand the Bible more deeply, and will give you much to think about. "Ryken's Bible Handbook" should be in every home library.
Ryken's Bible Handbook is an excellent pre-reading resource for Bible study. It is also an excellent during-reading reference and study outline; AND an excellent after-reading point-by-point review. The Ryken's and James Wilhoit have created a consummate reference book in a usable size. The book opens with an over-view of the Bible as a whole. What is it? Why should we study it? How do we know it is true? Then the book goes on the explain the Bible in detail, providing an overview of each book that includes maps, charts, graphs, time lines, and illustrations, as well as key doctrines, key verses, unifying themes, historic detail, and different quotes and perspectives from well known Bible scholars and teachers. I will not be keeping this book on my reference shelf. It will be right here on top of the desk with my Bible and daily study resources. I am blessed to have this book in my library and I would like to thank Tyndale publishers for providing a copy for my review.
Can you say "amazing"?This is the word I would use to describe this wonderful book known as Ryken's Bible Handbook. All 630 plus pages of this handbook are full of facts, insights, perspectives, colorful maps, articles, charts, and many other resources that will aid you in understanding each book of the Bible. It starts with an introduction to the Bible as a whole and how we got what we have. Then it takes each book of the Bible and gives an overview with elements such as: * Key Doctrines * Key Characters * Tips for Reading or Teaching the particular book * Applying the Book * The Challenges of The Book * The Implied Audience * Things to Look for * And so much more... I was also very impressed with the simple, yet extremely helpful, maps and charts in the back of this book that are in full color. This section includes current maps as well as OT and NT maps, a time line, guide to the temple, and several more.The Ryken's Bible Handbook is a resource that I would highly recommend you buy and place within arms reach of where you study your Bible...it will quickly become a favorite!* * * * *This review copy was provided courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers
I received this book from Tyndale House to review for their blogger program. I was very excited when I received it. This is a guide to reading the Bible so I will admit that I have not read the entire thing. I decided that I would read the chapters that applied to my current book of the Bible I was reading for my devotions so I could put the different aspects of the guide into practical use. I am currently reading the Book of Joshua so I first looked at that chapter. Each chapter opens with a fact sheet on that particular book of the Bible. It gives it's implied purpose, where the author is comming form , the audience it was ment for plus a few more things. What I liked about the fact sheet is that it ends with a section on The challenges that the reader or someone who is teaching that particular book will encounter. Then it follows up that section with one on how to meet the challenges. It ends with the most common misconception about the book. Next there is an outline of book followed by sections that include Key characters, key elements, tips for teaching the book. Sprinkled through out there are little sidebars like Did you Know? and Key Verse.The chapter ends with a section on how the book contributes to the Book's story of salvation and ends with a section on applying the book to your life. The very end has quotes about the that particular books by various different authors and scholars. I felt the this guide enhanced my reading of Joshua especially the challenges and applying sections. I plan on using this guide for the reading of the rest of Bible. It will be the first thing I consult before I start a new book in the Bible.