Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Review

This book is one of the best expressions on the origin, theology, and use of scripture written for a lay audience that I have seen.

A number of features make it stand out:

  1. The author’s clear definition of the verbal, plenary, and inerrant, inspiration of scripture.  Included in the first chapter, this theological foundation is evident throughout the book.
  2. Though well-written, each chapter also has a list of “Key Points” that assist the reader in reviewing the topics discussed.
  3. The book can be used for individual or group study - using the “Discussion Questions” included with each chapter.
  4. The book is not only theological, it is also practical.  At times the practical concepts are woven into the text, but each chapter also concludes with a list of suggested “Action Items” that flow from the topics discussed in the chapter.  
  5. Each chapter includes, within the body of the text, a set of suggested readings for the reader who wishes to delve deeper into the topic.

The book is distinctively Lutheran - the footnotes and suggestions for further study are drawn from Luther or Lutheran resources.  The book will be most useful within a Lutheran or interdenominational setting.  However, with a little study, the book would be suitable with any small group wanting to study the topic of scripture.

This review is based on a free electronic copy of this book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.  

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