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As a follow-up to an exploration that introduced readers to a narrative sweep of the Bible, The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas. By encouraging readers to spend just fifteen minutes a day, five days a week, reading key Bible chapters, Deron Spoo helps them understand the context and content of the Bible in a way that can open the whole Bible to them.
Designed as a 40-day journey through 40 key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an 8-week church-wide program or a 40-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.75 X 1.50 (inches)|
Series: Good Book
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Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book:
- is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
- gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
- helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
- encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
Mark Evans3 Stars Out Of 5Basic Bible study, but practical.May 30, 2017Mark EvansQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3The Good Book contains forty chapters: each chapter includes a passage of Scripture, brief exposition of the respective passage, and illustration for practical understanding. I think that breaking the Bible down and teaching an overview of the Bible is a great idea. At first I thought that Deron was writing a succinct biblical (practical) theology, but when he discussed a few Psalms, and Proverbs, I was a little surprised. The Psalms seemed out of place, but he included the chapters after consideration of his experiences with others in addition to his own personal study (If I understand correctly.). I appreciate that he recognized that Psalm 23 is a Psalm about life, not death. I make the exact same point when I preach on Psalm 23. It is always nice to read other expositions that are similar to your own. It affirms proper understanding of a text.
The book is filled with application and stories. There are probably more illustrations than exegesis of the text, but that is okay. Of course, that is dependent on Derons target audience. The reading was a bit of review for me. I am an avid reader, and since this is true I gained more from the illustrations than the exposition. I love to do my own exposition and Bible study. I believe the purpose of the book is to help readers better understand the scope of the Scriptures. Deron had to make this fit into one book, so he chose forty passages. The forty chapters start in the first book of the Bible and conclude with the last.
I recommend the book to anyone interested in learning more about the general scope of the Bible. If you are a serious student of the Bible I would recommend a good one volume commentary. It really depends where you are in you spiritual journey and biblical understanding. The Good Book is practical and it is a great resource for those who have had little exposure to the Bible. It is a good resource to start with. As I wrote before, if you have already been involved in personal Bible study, get a commentary.
I love the illustrations, Deron has provided many illustrations (so many illustrations) that help the reader to better understand the truth and practicality of the Bible. He is probably an excellent preacher (I have not heard him, but I plan to listen to some sermons); providing personal application of the Scriptures for the readers and listeners can be difficult for some preachers and writers, it is for me. Deron is an excellent writer. Go read!
In exchange for an honest review Litfuse publicity group provided me an advanced reading copy of The Good Book. I have written an honest review.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed adding this to my Bible studyMay 25, 2017Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I am enjoying working through this book. Each section is composed of five chapters and I like the way these chapters are "bite-sized". I am folding this reading into my quiet time and that is working nicely.
The five chapters in each section build the case for the idea that is covered in each section. I like the way the Bible reading is actually printed right in the book and is followed by the authors explanation.
The ideas presented in The Good Book do indeed seem to give a general, overall framework for what are some major themes in the Bible. The author does not go into arguments to prove the claims of the Bible, or into a word by word breakdown. The ideas appear focused on increasing the understanding of how God could be working in an individual's life, based on how He has worked through the past.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5great tool to help with Bible studyMay 23, 2017Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, how it would be laid out or what all would be within the book. Deron has divided this book into 40 chapters, each chapter focusing on a section of the Bible, beginning with the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1, and stressing just how priceless each of us are, as we are each made in God's image. The Biblical text is shared at the start of each chapter followed by a discussion of the passage and personal application. I found this book to be eye-opening as far as some of the common passages of the Bible, but having them approached in a different way. I love the messages and insights from Biblical scholars, historical figures and others included in this book as well. I would recommend really taking your time reading throughthis book as there is so much included and so much self-reflection and study that can be done.
CafinatedReads20095 Stars Out Of 5A Definite Must Have!May 18, 2017CafinatedReads2009Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you are looking for a closer walk with God, then please. Look no further than this book. It is a book that is well written, and well organized. The aspects of this book are wonderful and really leave the reader thinking things though. Each page is different, each page helping you to understand a little more about God and what you need to do to truly listen to Him, to hear Him out, and make yourself a better person for Him.
The way The Good Book is laid out makes it easy to follow. I understand things a little differently now, in a good way, of course. Mr. Spoo has created a wonderful book, filled with truth and information that will be with the reader long after they finish. This book has versus from the Bible at the end of each chapter and leaves it open for a great discussion!
This is a definitely worthy of beyond 5 stars. It's a great companion to the Bible and and will make a great addition to any Bible study or library collection. Don't miss out on this great book!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from LitFuse Bloggers and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5for individual or groupsMay 17, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Bible is more than the good book, which is what it was referred to where I grew up, like something real but without power. Perhaps many still look at it this way; I dont know. What I do know is the Bible is the only truly inspired, accurate and infallible Word of God. The author picks and chooses specific chapters of the Bible that he then writes about with a couple of reflection questions afterwards.
Some of what the author wrote might help new Christians get a sense of what God is saying and how it impacts your life. It is meant to help people know God, it is a starting place, then people can explore the many chapters left in the Bible that has so much to feed on. I dont think the author meant to write the book as a shortcut to deeper studies or reading through the whole Bible, so I hope readers dont use this book in that manner.
If you use this book, consider it as a launching pad not a place to stop and dwell. The focus should be on the Bible and what God reveals to us about Himself. The questions are centered on what the Word speaking to the reader and transforming us out from our self-centered culture. I am disappointed that the book doesnt really challenge people more, to go deeper or contain a Bibliography that points people to consider their next study. Yet each book has a different purpose for being written as the video shows why this one was written.
So, if you do read the book, read discerningly and always question what is before you. God, though the Holy Spirit, will teach you what is truth. He will reveal Himself and teach you about Himself in a manner that will transform your mind.