Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God
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Number of Pages: 128
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.10 X 7.40 (inches)|
We live in a visual culture. Today, people increasingly rely upon visuals to help them understand new and difficult concepts. The rise and stunning popularity of the Internet infographic has given us a new way in which to convey data, concepts and ideas.
But the visual portrayal of truth is not a novel idea. Indeed, God himself used visuals to teach truth to his people. The tabernacle of the Old Testament was a visual representation of mans distance from God and Gods condescension to his people. Each part of the tabernacle was meant to display something of mans treason against God and Gods kind response. Likewise, the sacraments of the New Testament are visual representations of mans sin and Gods response. Even the cross was both reality and a visual demonstration.
As teachers and lovers of sound theology, Challies and Byers have a deep desire to convey the concepts and principles of systematic theology in a fresh, beautiful and informative way. In this book, they have made the deepest truths of the Bible accessible in a way that can be seen and understood by a visual generation.
A pastor, noted speaker, and author of numerous articles, Tim Challies is a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere. Over 20,000 people visit Challies.com each day, making it one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs in the world. Tim is also the editor of DiscerningReader.com, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. Tim is the author of The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment and Sexual Detox. He and his family reside near Toronto, Ontario.
Josh Byers is a communications pastor, artist, speaker, husband, and father who resides in Iowa. Josh is an idea maker and creative visionary. His work has been featured in a wide variety of outlets from the Gospel Coalition to the Tonight Show. He writes and publishes graphics regularly at joshbyers.com.
Skittles4 Stars Out Of 5Fantastic bookJuly 23, 2016SkittlesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I thought it be a little more in-depth of Theological concepts, but it gives a great introduction and provides resources to dig deeper. The art and the colour and the lay out of information is so easy to follow and creative.
GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Visual TheologyApril 19, 2016GiniBDallas, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Interesting concept book. Ive not seen anything quite like it elsewhere and suspect that for some this one would be quite helpful. And that is why I find myself in a love/hate quandary over this one. Challies narratives present the 101 theology basics to the reader. The last section Live for Christ being the best of the lot as far as readability goes. The others are the reason theology has such an uphill climb with most people. Accurate, factual, categorized. Dry as the bones Elijah saw in the desert. The same ones that as they acquired meat and sinew and skin came to life. Theology is just one of those areas that need more than skeletons to make it palatable.
Challies, to his credit, says as much in his introduction. It takes more than looking at the equipment in the gym. You gotta work it. And this book just scratches the surface, almost. Hence, the love/hate relationship with this book.
Yes, there are some things we need to know and learn and practice. And this is the crash course. I felt as if I was reading the script that went with a very sophisticated power point presentation. I nearly lost it completely with the flowchart How to put sin to death (96-97).
As you can see, this book, even though the graphics are great, just isnt for me. For the person that can relate more fully with a business or updated classroom style it may be just what you need. Overall even though I dont like this book I can also recommend it as a starting point. It will not help the cause of theology for the novice and that is a shame. The study of God can be the most amazing study ever.
I received this book form the publisher in exchange for a review.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Basic Christian concepts explained in a clear way and with visualsApril 9, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Visual Theology" is a basic theology book with some infographics to reinforce the ideas described in the text. The concepts were described in clear, simple terms, so don't let the word "theology" turn you off. The authors used effective analogies combined with verses from Scripture to explain some basic Christian concepts. While aimed at adults, I think this would also be an awesome book to use with teenagers to give them a firm foundation.
The overall idea of the book is how truly understanding what Christ did for us will impact how we view ourselves, our priorities, and how we act. The authors looked at how we grow in our relationships with other humans and how this is similar to how we grow in our relationship with Christ. They looked at the Bible, the purpose of prayer, and the value of knowing doctrine so you can discern what is truth and what isn't.
They provided one of the best explanations I've read on how to effectively turn from sin and pursue what is right. They got at the root of the problem and focused on God and why sin is worth turning away from. I'd highly recommend this book, especially to new adult Christians and teenagers.
I received this book as a review copy from Zondervan through BookLook.
TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: Male4 Stars Out Of 5Visually pleasing theological workApril 5, 2016TimIllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Theology in general is a vital, yet divisive, part of Christianity. As Christians, we should all consider ourselves to be theologians because we are, or should be at least, vested in the study of God. However, during the course of this study, we find that not all people will agree with our positions and interpretations of given topics and Scriptures.
Visual Theology is a fantastic new work by Tim Challies and Josh Byers. The material is presented, as the title would imply, in an appealing visual format. Charts, graphs, tables, icons all abound in this work. Colorful and easy to understand, the pages of this book help readers by not only giving a visual image to explain topics, but also to help the reader have something to help the remember the material.
An example of the books of the Bible laid out in a periodic table format. While the periodic table is far more complex in its information, the version in this book helps readers have a new frame of reference for remembering the books of the Bible. The approach is interesting and visually pleasing to the eye.
I mentioned theology can be divisive. The readers of this book will find the authors are presenting the material in the book from a Reformed theological position. As I do not subscribe to a Reformed theology, I do not agree with all of the material presented. However, rather than tear down the work because I dont believe as the authors believe, I am giving this book a positive review on the merits of the book itself. As I do not fully agree with their theology, I cannot give the book my full support, but if you choose to read the book, there is a lot of common ground which can be found among various theological camps.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers for review purposes in exchange for a fair and honest review of the material contained. A positive review was not required and all thoughts on the book are my own.
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