Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Book Review: Your New Bible Companion

     Recently I had the privilege of reading a complimentary copy of 90 Days Thru the Bible: A Devotional Journey from Walk Thru the Bible from Tyndale Momentum in exchange for a review. 90 Days Thru the Bible will guide the reader to a better, overall understanding beginning with the book of Genesis through Revelation. How would one compile the gist of the Bible within 216 pages to be read in 90 days? To begin with, very precisely. Remember your days in high school and college and you ran out of time to read the assigned reading in its entirety? A student could run to the book store and grab the book's accompanying Cliffs Notes and get the rundown of the story. Ninety Days Thru the Bible is the biblical equivalent to Cliffs Notes with heart, for the Bible. I loved it!
    Walk Thru the Bible with Chris Tiegreen has truly brought believers a book that grasps the scope and breadth of the Bible within relatively a few short pages. Every day's devotional is two to three pages in length and can be read in under ten minutes (that would be a slow, perusing pace). Some books of the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament, can be hard to ingest with various foreign names and customs,whether one is a new believer or a seasoned Christian.  Not only does the day's reading bring stories to light, but 90 Days Thru the Bible lays out doctrine and personal application.
     I remember when I was a young believer and sat in the pew wondering whom some of these characters were that were new to my ears. Soon I became acquainted with my Bible, however this devotional would have been  a greatly appreciated companion to explain what I was reading and trying to learn. No doubt the learning curve may not have been so steep. For example, looking at the books of I and II Kings at first glance is like learning a foreign language and history at once between the names of kings and their reigning dates. How great it is to read a summary of the books in 90 Days as a preface to the Bible.
     Again, most believers will gain a better grasp of God's Word in this precise, concise, condensed book. Every devotion is enjoyable and informative. At the end of each day a question or two is posed to the reader to internalize what was just read and to derive practical application from the selection. Included in the back of the book is a 13-week study guide which could be used individually or in a small group setting. I would personally use it as a guide as I read my Bible to truly penetrate God's Word. No matter if you are on a short- or long-term quest 90 Days Thru the Bible  will be a welcomed companion for  your journey.

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