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How to Enjoy Your Bible [Paperback]

By John Blanchard (Author)
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Pages   185
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.54" Width: 5.99" Height: 0.43"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2007
Publisher   EVANGELICAL PRESS #532
ISBN  0852346700  
EAN  9780852346709  


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This book is written out of two firmly held convictions. The first is that the Bible is the Word of God. There was a time when the meaning of that statement would have been absolutely clear and incapable of being misunderstood, but in these days words are being twisted and interpreted to mean almost anything, so let me explain myself. I am totally persuaded that in the form in which they were originally written, every word of the Bible's sixty-six books was 'breathed out by God' (2 Timothy 3:16). The second conviction is that Christians are meant to enjoy the Bible. It is meant to be a constant means of enlightenment, enrichment and encouragement, its dynamic influence bringing a deepening joy into our daily lives. Sadly, many Christians seem to fall short of that experience. They read the Bible, perhaps regularly, but if they were to be absolutely honest about their reading they would have to confess that the whole business has become a duty rather than a delight. Others have got into a rut over the method they use for studying the Bible, with the result that they are becoming bored rather than being blessed. However, it is not basically meant to be a rescue operation. It is written by an ordinary Christian to other ordinary Christians, explaining very simply from my own study and experience why and how we can enjoy the Bible and find it to be a daily source of spiritual power.

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This book is written out of two firmly held convictions. The first is that the Bible is the Word of God. There was a time when the meaning of that statement would have been absolutely clear and incapable of being misunderstood, but in these days words are being twisted and interpreted to mean almost anything. However, as the author explains, he is totally persuaded that in the form in which they were originally written, every word of the Bible's sixty-six books was "breathed out by God" (2 Timothy 3:16).

His second conviction is that Christians are meant to enjoy the Bible. It is meant to be a constant means of enlightenment, enrichment and encouragement, its dynamic influence bringing a deepening joy into our daily lives. Sadly, many Christians seem to fall short of that experience. They read the Bible, perhaps regularly, but if they were to be absolutely honest about their reading they would have to confess that the whole business has become a duty rather than a delight. Others have got into a rut over the method they use for studying the Bible, with the result that they are becoming bored rather than being blessed.

However, this is not basically meant to be a rescue operation. It is written by an ordinary Christian to other ordinary Christians, explaining very simply from his own study and experience why and how we can enjoy the Bible and find it to be a daily source of spiritual power.
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Great Intermediate Book  Mar 7, 2010
I received a review copy of this book from Evangelical Press (EP Books).

The book is written at a `popular level' meaning it will be understandable to anyone who has any familiarity with the Bible. It's at a little more basic level than I expected but that's only because of the other recommendations that surrounded it. At 180 pages it's fairly easy to get through.

Chapter 2 - Countering the critics, answers many of the arguments people have against the Bible. Maybe even some of the people reading the book have these questions. The questions that are addressed are: Those who deny its authority, Those who deride its simplicity, Those who denounce its history, Those who dispute its accuracy, Those who doubt its integrity and Those who decry its credibility.

There are two chapters on The excellence of the evidence. The author comes from the view of inerrancy. Quoting Brian Edwards, Nothing but the Truth, Evangelical Press, pg. 139, on the Bible's human authors:

"They recorded accurately all that God wanted them to say and exactly how he wanted them to say it, in their own character, style and language. The inspiration of Scripture is a harmony of the active mind of the writer and the sovereign direction of the Holy Spirit to produce God's inerrant and infallible word for the human race."

He writes about prophecy, the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, history and how the Bible comes from God.

There is the obligatory chapter on translations which is basic and brief. This is a decent chapter for those who aren't familiar with different translations and styles. As in most books, the more literal/formal translations get the nod. After writing about translation theory and why translations are different, various translations are reviewed including KJV/AV, RSV, NASB, GNB, NIV, NKJB, CEV and ESV. Since the book was published in 2007 I would have expected a different selection including the NLT for sure and possibly the HCSB and NRSV.

After writing about the canon and various means of reading and studying the Bible we come to the chapter that is more than worth the cost of the whole book called The outcome of obedience. The vital link that brings reading and studying the Bible, and joy (enjoyment [I made that up]). This chapter has many quotable quotes by the author and others well known. I will pick one by J.C. Ryle:

"God tests men's sincerity by making obedience part of the process by which religious* knowledge is obtained. Are we really willing to do God's will so far as we know it? If we are, God will take care that our knowledge is increased."

*religion wasn't a dirty word back then

He writes about loving obedience, willing obedience, believing obedience, wholehearted obedience and dependent obedience. The last one is "so important that it governs all others." We are dependent on God's enabling. This is what takes the fear out of obedience for those who don't like that word and he explains this concept well in the book. This is key and he saved the best for last.

I would highly recommend this book for those who are rather new to these concepts and need more confidence in the reliability of the Bible, need to learn the various ways to read and study the Bible and learn how key obedience is in this whole process. These things all put together will help us to better enjoy our Bibles.
 

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