The spiritual practice of lectio divina (sacred reading), a manner of reading the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures developed by early teachers in the church, has over the past decades enjoyed something of a revival among Roman Catholic and also some liturgical Protestant churches. In this volume, Binz, founder and author of the Threshold Bible Study, explains this contemplative practice and its steps, including meditation, prayer, contemplation, and action, and then shows its use. Threading the Hebrew scripture narrative of Abraham with places where it is picked up and interpreted in the New Testament, the writer offers many places for the reader to rest and reflect. The format of the book is designed to be used in multiple settings, from group studies to individual ones. This volume, and upcoming ones in the series, may appeal to Protestant readers who might never have been exposed to lectio divina--and it brings a laudable focus to some Biblical figures who may otherwise only pop up on Sunday mornings. (Jan.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.