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:
- 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.
- Though well-written, each chapter also has a list of “Key Points” that assist the reader in reviewing the topics discussed.
- The book can be used for individual or group study - using the “Discussion Questions” included with each chapter.
- 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.
- 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.