You grew up using the well known black and yellow striped Cliff's Notes to help you grasp everything from great literary works to algebra. Unfortunately, what "Cliff" forgot was the greatest literary work in history: the complete Holy Bible. Enjoy the ease of understanding the Bible like never before, book by book. Shepherd's notes helps reader's learn about the inspired authors of the Bible books and when and where they were first penned. Each Bible book is revealed in simple understandable steps that outline and underscore the focal points and personalities of the biblical text. You'll look to these unique books for their use in Bible studies, teaching, personal devotions and even in sermon preparation! Christian and home schools will find Shepherd's Notes an invaluable resource.
I must admit that I was hesitant to get this book in the Shepherd's Notes series, because they are too surface (not really developing the passage. I know that they are limited to a certain number of pages). Yet, I was surprised at how well the author expounded on the book of 1 John! You can basically take what he wrote, and use it for your Sunday school or small group (which I did. It saved me a lot of research time). This is the only reason for the 5-star.
I really wish the author had more pages to develop 2 John and 3 John like he did 1 John. He is a great expositor, and to cut him short like that was not good. They should had committed another book to 2 and 3 John.
Although I do not know the philosophy behind the Shepherd's Notes series, I would propose to focus on a few chapters or divisions so that their authors can do what they do best--expound the Word (not suggesting for a commentary; just something that covers the chapter or division at hand). By the way, their outlines are great--just need to deal with verses in smaller chunks.
Also, I really wish this author would had written more books in this series. He only wrote this one.