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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441264008
ISBN-13: 9781441264008

Publisher's Description

A Friendly Overview of Every Book of the Bible

Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Made up of sixty-six "books" ranging in subject matter from history to instruction, from poetry to prophecy, this all-time bestseller is frequently misunderstood, even by those who read it regularly.

In this easy-to-read handbook, two respected Bible professors will help you make sense of the Bible, book-by-book. Using a conversational tone, they cut right to the heart of the matter, focusing on two main questions: "What does it say?" and "Why does it matter?"

Whether you're a seasoned reader of Scripture or reading it for the first time, you're sure to come away with a better understanding of what the Bible is all about and why it is the most important book you'll ever read.

Author Bio

Dr. William H. Marty (MDiv, Denver Seminary, ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute. He teaches and writes on both the New and Old Testaments and is the author of The Whole Bible Story, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and the recently released The World of Jesus. Dr. Marty lives with his wife in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Boyd Seevers (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary, PhD, Trinity Evangelical Seminary) is Professor of Old Testament Studies at University of Northwestern, St. Paul, in Minnesota. Dr. Seevers studied and lived in Israel for eight years and has published one book, Hidden in Plain Sight. He lives with his wife and four children in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  1. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Your Go-To Guide for Bible Knowledge
    November 16, 2014
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible

    Understanding the Big Picture Book-by-Book

    By Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers

    Do you ever get lost in the Bible as to when certain events take place in a historical reference? Or do all the begatting bog you down so you just throw your hands in the air and decide to figure it all out later?

    Well The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible just might be what you need to help you have a better understanding of the Bible. The setting explains what is taking place in this period of history and why it is significant. The book is then summarized so we have a have an understanding of what events or messages of significance take place, And then the truths of the book are applied so that we may take away a message or truth that we can use in our own day-to-day living.

    This book would make an excellent self-study guide or would a nice addition to a Bible Study group as an introduction to each book before the study begins. For Christian school or homeschoolers this would be an excellent book to use for a course on Bible history. It could be a semester study or a whole year.

    This book would also make a great on hand tool to just pull off the shelf when you have a question arise about any book of the Bible. And with weddings, birthdays, holidays, and graduations always popping up this would be a lovely gift to have on hand for those near and dear to you. I know this is one book that I'll be turning to again and again.

    I was provided a copy this book by the publisher Bethany House through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good informaion, no visuals
    September 7, 2014
    Homeschooling Mommy
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I grew up in the church and have heard every version of every Bible story possible. I consider myself to be pretty knowledgeable regarding the Bible, but I must admit that I get lost in certain books, and while I know plenty of verses and stories, I'm not always as comfortable in explaining the big picture significance of each book as a truth still applicable today. (Like how does the book of Ezra prove the faithfulness of God's promises?)

    In order to grasp a little more understanding about the Bible (you can never learn too much!) I decided to look over The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible, written by Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers. This book tells you the setting, summary, and significance of every book in the Bible. It was part-history, part-commentary, and gave good information.

    I would have preferred some visual resources within the book (such as maps and charts), and the summaries to be more in list form. Everything is written out in paragraph form, which makes it a little difficult to digest. It's not something you can just glance at to get the gist of each book in the Bible. This book had much of the same information you would find in a study Bible, minus the Scriptures. The authors are obviously well-versed in the Bible, and their analysis and research are sound, but without a lot of visuals and with everything written out in paragraph form, it became very dry, very quickly.

    *I was provided a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
  3. Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Books Galore! - A Week of Reviews, Day 5 (The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible)
    September 7, 2014
    The Phone Tree Edifier
    Atlanta, GA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Finding quality Bible study resources and supplemental study materials can be challenging at best. One must always question integrity, authenticity, and accuracy. With that in mind, I tend to be very selective about my choices. This weeks final review features a quick guide to the Bible.

    Day 5: The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible: Understanding the Big Picture Book-By-Book by Drs. William H. Marty and Boyd Seevers

    About the Book:

    A Friendly Overview of Every Book of the Bible

    Reading the Bible can be intimidating. Made up of sixty-six books ranging in subject matter from history to instruction, from poetry to prophecy, this all-time bestseller is frequently misunderstood, even by those who read it regularly.

    In this easy-to-read handbook, two respected Bible professors will help you make sense of the Bible, book-by-book. Using a conversational tone, they cut right to the heart of the matter, focusing on two main questions: What does it say? and Why does it matter?

    Whether youre a seasoned reader of Scripture or reading it for the first time, youre sure to come away with a better understanding of what the Bible is all about and why it is the most important book youll ever read.

    Phone Tree Review: The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by Drs. William H. Marty and Boyd Seevers is a Bible study resource that provides a general overview on the Old and New Testament books of the Bible. It is simple in its format, providing information on the setting of each book, a quick summary about the specified book and a detailed interpretation on the significance of each identified book.

    Readers will likely find this guide to be brief, succinct, and easy to maneuver. They will appreciate the simplicity of language used by the authors, as well as the directness applied per subheading.

    In my opinion, this book would be ideal for someone who is new to the concept of Bible study and who wants an overall idea of what the Bible is all about. With that said, I must emphasize the vitality and importance of reading the Bible itself. No book, no matter how good a resource, can take the place nor is it meant to take the place of the word of God.

    Rating: 4/5

    Recommend: Yes

    Audience: Adult/Young Adult

    Other: Biblical Education Ministry, New Converts and/or Young Adults class, Church Library

    Disclosure: I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The words I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  4. Shawnee, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding Resource for Your Bible Study
    August 30, 2014
    dforb56
    Shawnee, KS
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by Dr., William H Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers is a must for your Bible study resources. It is a wonderful guide to each book of the Bible. It has the history of what is going on when the book was written, who wrote it, who it was written for and then brings out the important points of the book. This is done for each book of the Bible. It is easy to read and understand and makes each book of the Bible more understandable and interesting. When studying the Bible it is helpful to understand the who, what, when and whys of a Book and that is where this guide comes in. I have used many helps in my studying and this one is written in an easy to read layman way that is understandable and not over your head if you are a new believer. I would recommend this book to any believer or person who wants to learn more from the Bible, someone who wants to delve more into and understand what they are reading in the Bible more. When you study the Bible make sure you have this guide close by to use.

    This can also be used not just for a guide but it is written in such a way that you could just read it to get more history and understanding of all 66 books of the Bible. You dont have to limit its use just to your study but just read it for more knowledge. I think that this is a great addition to any library.

    I was given this complimentary book from Bethany House Publishers for my review and honest opinion of the book
  5. West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    helpful
    August 17, 2014
    Jimmy Reagan
    West Union, OH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever looked for a book to give newer Christians, or those who are struggling with understanding in Bible reading, help with grasping the Bible? You might want to check out this volume by Drs. William H. Boyd and Boyd Seevers and published by Bethany House.

    Their stated aim is illuminating the big picture in each of the 66 books of the Bible. Most of the books of the Bible get 3-6 pages to help you get oriented before you begin reading. Key books, like the Gospels, get a little extra coverage. The volume covers setting, summary, and significance for each book. Setting and summary are helpful while significance by necessity is selective.

    Space constraints mean they are selective in what they share. Some aspect you feel should be discussed might be missing, but the most critical ones are mentioned usually.

    I do not feel this is a volume pastors or experienced Bible students will consult as much as some others, but for its real audiencebeginners in Bible studyit is quite valuable. As a pastor, I would gladly recommend this book to those who come for help in getting more out of personal Bible reading.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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