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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441228529
ISBN-13: 9781441228529

Publisher's Description

Do you feel like you should read the Bible more?

This book will help you
want to read it.

Keith Ferrin has been talking to churches for years about enjoying God's Word. Here he shares the most helpful ideas and habits you can start using today. You will find ten proven tips that are equally practical whether you are a longtime Bible student or simply exploring what this life-changing book is all about.

Aimed at deepening your relationship with God, these simple suggestions will help you focus more easily as you read, remember Scripture better, and most importantly, enjoy the Bible and its Author more than you ever dreamed possible.

Includes Discussion Questions and Reading Suggestions for Small Groups

"This book delivers on what the title promises."--Gary Thomas, bestselling author and speaker

"Not only did Keith bring the Word to life for me, but he brought God to life for me again! I will be forever grateful."--Nancy Stephens, West Virginia

Author Bio

Keith Ferrin is an author, speaker, storyteller, and blogger who strives to help people realize that the living Word of God is a reality--not just a phrase. His one-man, dramatic, word-for-word presentations of whole books of the Bible have been seen by thousands. Keith lives with his wife and three children just outside of Seattle, Washington. Learn more at www.keithferrin.com.

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  1. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A TREASURE CHEST!
    October 27, 2015
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible.
    I think everyone has struggled with reading their Bible at one time or another. I know I have. When I do I feel guilty. This is Gods love letter to me, shouldnt I be enjoying it? What is wrong with me? Even though I know I should be doing it in obedience to Him, I hate finding myself reading just because I am supposed to.

    This book is perfect to overcome those blah times in the Word.

    Ferrin gives 10 helps that will not only make your time in the Scripture more of a pleasure but also more profitable without making it a chore. It is short, well written, plus very easy to read and implement the ideas!

    The author brings out two very important truths we tend to forget. 1. Bible reading is God talking to me. 2. Prayer is me talking to God. In other words it is you spending time with the most important person in your life (or should be), your Heavenly Father. Bible reading isnt an item on your to-do list to check off but building a close relationship with the Lord.

    I was so inspired and encouraged by these ideas! I see how there have been areas I have failed in my quite time. I was present (sort of) with the Lord but not truly a participant. No wonder those times were stale and I seemed to walk away with little.

    There are study guides, further scriptures to pursue, prayers, Bible reading plans and even challenges! I am so excited to start reading Gods Word with a fresh start! If I ever slip back to my old habits I can just refer back to this book! It is becoming a permanent fixture in my library!

    This little book is a treasure chest! It is great for new believers, old believers, young and old people alike! I think every Christian should read this! You will be glad you did!

    I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for this review. 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 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good help
    May 29, 2015
    Pastor Jim
    Maricopa, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible.
    Review: HOW TO ENJOY READING YOUR BIBLE, Keith Ferrin, Bethany House Publishers, Minneapolis, 2015

    This is a delightful little book to read. It is reader friendly, brief but not in content, and very practical guide. He divides the content into 10 tips and guides the reader through each. Each is clearly and concisely explained, and leads the reader though how to practically work through each tip. The book could be used by an individual or a group study. You are given a guide on how to use each tip.

    There are three things I especially like about this book:

    1. Its emphasis on reading to enhance your relationship to God. It is so easy to fall into what I call the academic trap and center our reading on content and overlook or downgrade the relationship thinking it comes from being content center. We must realize that content is to lead us to the person of Christ and enhance our relationship with Him. One of his tips is to pray for your reading.

    2. His emphasis on daily Bible reading, not study. There is a difference. He advises us to read the word, not the commentaries. Let the Bible speak for itself. He does not want you to ignore the commentaries, but first grasp what the Bible says for itself before the commentaries. I had a man in one of my churches who always said that he found the Bible shed a lot of light on the commentaries.

    3. It advocates reading the passage repeatedly, silently and out loud, alone and with someone. It will keep you focused and aid your memory.

    His last two tips are really challenges and guides to aid in reading. There is a 60 days challenge (which he calls adventure), then two 4 month challenges. He suggests keeping a journal of observations of your reading. The book reminds me of an old friend who use to sayRead it out, pray it in, and write it down. This is a aid for all for the beginner it will lead him into good habits when reading the Word and the older saint will be reminded of things and help restore the enjoyment of reading.

    Thanks to the publisher Bethany House for providing a copy of this free of charge for my review. This did not influence my review.
  3. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Enjoying the Truth
    May 25, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible.
    When I pick up my boys after band, play practice, or 4H, I tend to ask pretty much the same questions on our ride home. Nothing profound, mind you, just, Who did you see? and Anything exciting happen? kind of questions. Its not that I really need to know that they practiced Smoke on the Water again or that Lam-bo is being more cooperative about walking with his halter. What I really DO need, however, is to work on relationship with my boys, so asking questions is my way of being present to whatever they want to talk about.

    According to Keith Ferrin, author of How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible, this is the reason we read the Bible its all about relationship with God, and so begins the first of ten tips for becoming a more consistent and effective student of the Word. The book has come along at just the right time for me, because I have recently heard a respected Bible teacher say that he absorbed much of what he knows about the New Testament by reading it in big chunks whole books in sitting! Thats fine for Jude or III John, but Ive wondered how that would work for Hebrews and the Revelation. Keith suggests approaching these longer books by reading for an amount of time every day (e.g. twenty minutes), rather than the usual a chapter a day keeps the devil away approach. After all, I hardly ever stop at just one chapter when Im reading other books, and I certainly dont watch movies in four minute installments. (Thats how long it takes, on average, to read one chapter of the Bible.)

    This rhythm of repetition, returning to a passage every day for thirty days or more, is key to cementing the passage in your mind. Keith also recommends reading out loud and holding off on the commentaries and other study tools at first in order to let the Bible speak for itself. Most exciting of all is the suggestion to tackle a book of the Bible with a friend or in a group of fellow-learners, journaling and discussing major themes, favorite verses, and lessons for life along the way. Dawson Trotman said, Thoughts disentangle themselves passing over the lips or through pencil tips. Reading and then writing and discussing the truth closes a circle of comprehension, both mentally and spiritually.

    How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible concludes with several suggested reading plans, so just as soon as I finish my current plan, Im in! And heres the math: If I devote 30 days to each book of the New Testament (27 books), Ill have pondered each book in depth in just over two years. But . . . its not about covering ground or getting information or checking something off my list. Its about keeping a relational mindset, getting to know the Author, and letting His Words transform my words, thoughts, actions, and all my other relationships.

    This book was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Kenora, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exactly What I Needed!
    May 23, 2015
    Marisa
    Kenora, Ontario
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible.
    This is a simple to read book that really emphasises reading your Bible rather than spending hours or weeks learning how. I really appreciate that this book is so down to earth, has recommended scripture readings and each chapter is called a Tip. As someone who studies the Bible daily I know how easily it can become a chore and at times that has caused separation between me and the Word. This book came at the right time (God has good timing, perfect actually) and I read it just as I was beginning to slide into that slump. I am so excited to have received this book for review from Bethany House Publishers because I don't think I would have bought it on my own. Now, it is a treasure that I will read again and again and I have already recommended to others!

    If you are only going to buy one book this year about studying the Bible then this should be it! Definitely five stars!
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    encouraging
    May 20, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible.
    As I sat down one night to read this nonfiction book, I wondered what I was going to encounter because I needed some encouragement. Well, in some of the book I felt encouraged and in other areas challenged, which is also something that helps me grow in Christ. Some of what the author shared via his 10 tips I was actually already doing, but my journey to learning the tips was different.

    There are a total of 10 tips and then something I didnt expectan accompanying Bible study after each chapter to help guide readers in going deeper. In other words, the book is not just reading the 10 tips but includes helpful questions to spur thinking as to how each of us can put whatever God highlights for us into practice.

    I thought the author made an excellent point of how we as Christians tend to not discuss or look forward to reading the Word, but spend a lot of time avoiding it or complaining about reading the Book. His reasons for why we tend to do that I thought were something most people can identify with along with the fact the author owns his own failings to read consistently. I think when we come to a place where we are ready to change books like this one help us learn some ways we never thought of or forgot.

    One thought the author mentions was how to laugh or have fun with God, not in an unholy way but like we do with our human relationships. This was a new concept to me and I am not sure I am able to exactly do that not because I dont laugh but due to more of deep joy I receive when I sense He has spoken to me via His Word. I think of my relationship with God as being on a different plane than my human relationships, though I can see why he uses this analogy in the book.

    So, for me, like most books I glean what I sense God wants me to know at the moment I am reading or meditating on what I learned as I read. That which doesnt apply now or maybe never I just let go of and take each day as God gives. I hope you read discerningly and with an open heart too!
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