My initial conception of this study was that it was a walk through the 66 books of the Bible, giving a highlight of each one. What I found was more of a guide to reading the Bible as we journey through this life. Although I was a little disappointed that the study was less unique than I’d originally thought, I still found it to be decent material.
The study is divided into eight week-long sections, each based on one of the major literary divisions of Scripture. These sections are in turn divided into five days, with small group discussion material found at the end of each week’s study.
The material for each day is very brief, typically two pages of reading followed by a page of study questions. The reading itself begins with a story or illustration and then concludes by applying the story or illustration to a concept regarding reading Scripture. It is important to note that the reading segments are not practical application readings. They give more of an insight into the style of each literary genre of Scripture than a roadmap for reading and applying Scripture. The only application is found in the questions, which focus on select Scriptures from the highlighted genre.
If led by an individual experienced in gleaning depth from Scripture, this book could be successfully used as an introductory study for people who are new to truly studying Scripture for themselves. The day to day commitment is small, and great for a beginner. But, I would not recommend that a beginner try to dive in without being a part of a well-led small group. There is very little guidance regarding how to answer the questions with the depth each day’s reading inspires. I see the need for experienced leadership to facilitate discussion and draw out that depth.
There are many resources available to disciple believers as they learn to dig into the Word of God. If you’re looking for a small group study for discipleship purposes, this one would be worth looking into and comparing to the other options.
This book was sent to me by Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review.