Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible  -     By: Ryan Lokkesmoe
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Blurry: Bringing Clarity to the Bible by Ryan Lokkesmoe offers a brief, yet innovative, introduction to the Bible in plain language. Highlighting four books, Genesis, Luke, Ephesians, and James, Blurry brings the Bible into focus with easy-to-use reading strategies, charts, and group discussion questions. No insider language. No cryptic diagrams. No theological speeches. Blurry is a straightforward set of first steps that will propel you into a lifetime of reading and enjoying the Bible.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: CLC Publications
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1619581647
ISBN-13: 9781619581647

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Publisher's Description

Blurry is a brief introduction to the Bible. Using plain language, Blurry focuses on four books: Genesis, Luke, Ephesians, and James. Through the lens of these four books, you'll learn the basic story of the Bible, as well as some practical reading tips that can be applied to any part of Scripture.

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Sadly, the Bible is an overwhelming book for many Christians. It need not be. Whether you're a long-time Christian or just starting out in your journey with the Bible, Ryan Lokkesmoe has put together a helpful and straightforward introduction to the Bible that explains its history, flow, and main points in simple and accessible terms. More importantly, it shows you how to read, study, and understand the Bible's main themes and message on your own. I encourage you to read it for yourself and then pass it on to a friend. -Larry Osborne: Author and Pastor of North Coast Church at Vista, CA

Very few introductions to biblical interpretation are at a basic enough level that you can hand them to virtually any adult Christian, including those brand new to the faith and to Bible reading, and have them be both helpful and understandable. Lokkesmoe has created precisely such an introduction. Plus it is short enough that interested readers should have no difficulty reading it in its entirety...Highly recommended. -Craig L. Blomberg: Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary

Bible engagement is the single greatest catalyst to spiritual growth. Problem is, most people today do not know how to engage it. Just lying there on the table it is overwhelming and intimidating. Read Blurry and you will be equipped to see the Bible more clearly for yourself. And when you see truth clearly, watch out! -Randy Frazee: Senior Minister at Oak Hills Church and Author of The Heart of the Story

I knew this book had promise when Ryan compared the Bible to a Beatles anthology! His metaphors and analogies bring crystal clarity to an ancient text that is infused with Life. We are going to use this book in both our Adult and Student ministries and I encourage you to do the same! This is simply a great book! -Pete Briscoe: Senior Pastor at Bent Tree Bible Fellowship

The Bible is the most amazing story of a God on the most daring rescue mission of history. In it, we find the story we have been swept into and the Author who started it all. Yet many of the people who sit in our churches don't turn to the Bible because they find it boring, irrelevant, or confusing. In Blurry, Ryan Lokkesmoe unlocks the beauty, mystery, hope, and redemption of the Story of God, and he makes it accessible and practical. If you want to ignite a passion for the Bible and give people tools for discovering it for themselves, Blurry will provide the corrective lenses we so desperately need. -Heather Zempel: Discipleship Pastor at National Community Church and Author of Community is Messy and Amazed and Confused

What a helpful little book! If you're looking for a quick intro to the Bible that's both clear and interesting - this is it. You get the big picture of God's Word, as well as some memorable tips on how to read it. The discussion questions for each chapter also make this a fantastic choice for a Small Group curriculum. I highly recommend it! -Steve Gladen: Pastor of Small Groups, Saddleback Church, Author, Small Groups With Purpose & Leading Small Groups With Purpose

We all know that reading the Bible is an important priority when it comes to feeding our souls. But the challenge for many of us is that it often seems a little 'blurry' and difficult to understand. But before you give up, let Ryan help you to turn the lens and bring scripture back into focus. Count on it...you'll be thankful you've read Blurry. It will empower you to open up scripture to both your head and your heart. -Dr. Joseph M. Stowell:, President Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Being a Kids' Pastor, I frequently interact with parents who desire to teach their children the Bible, but struggle doing so because they themselves don't have a solid grasp on the most foundational principles of the Bible. I would go as far as to say that most parents are incredibly intimidated by the thought of discussing the Bible with their children. That is why Blurry is so unique, because it is not only a great resource for understanding the Bible in your own personal spiritual growth, but it is also a great resource for any parent wanting to impart God's truth in the lives of their children. I highly recommend any parent to read it and then teach their children to begin using many of the techniques Ryan outlines throughout the book. This book has the potential to change the spiritual makeup of your entire family! -Jenny Jones, Kids' Pastor Parkway Fellowship, JennyDayJones.com

Nearly 75% of the people in our church are new Christ-followers or have been out of church for more than 5 years. For people who are new to the faith, Blurry clears up many of the confusing aspects of the Bible. Finally, a concise, easy to use, and clearly-written tool is available for those who need it most! -Mike McGown, Senior Pastor, Parkway Fellowship

Author Info

Ryan Lokkesmoe is the Small Groups Pastor at Parkway Fellowship in Katy, Texas, one of the fastest-growing churches in the nation. He earned his MA at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and completed his PhD coursework in Biblical studies at The University of Denver. He is currently writing his doctoral dissertation. Ryan loves to read, write, travel, and play the guitar. Most of all, he enjoys spending time with his family.

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