How to Study the Bible
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120 of 122 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2008
Initially the author builds a strong case for studying the Bible from one's heart, not just mentally. He explains that figuratively, the heart in the Bible refers to out innermost thoughts, emotions, and will. So in approaching the subject we do so in a spiritual sense. He contrasts the two disciples on the Emmaus Road who had their hearts burn within them as the risen Lord Jesus opened the Scriptures to them with the Pharisees and Saducees who limited their understanding of God's Word to the mental aspect.

He makes an excellent point that God gives certain people a supernatural ability to teach the Word, as explained in Romans 12. Therefore, indiidual Bible study needs to be enhanced by insight gained from reputable teachers. Gifts are meant to be used. The teacher is blessed in the giving and the student is edified and instructed as a recipient.

In situations where the Bible does not address a specific issue believers face, principles are given that can be applied. God's Spirit agrees with His Word. This is also a gift of God the enhance's a Christian's life.

Several helpful Internet sites are given to assist those wanting to followp on his advice. He aptly warns against putting too much emphasis on any one teacher, noting that spiritually mature Bible teachers will encourage students to cross check their teachings and verify for themselves the authenticity of what they're taught. With that in mind, I disagree with the author about portions of Scripture speaking to an individual. Context is vitally important to accuracy, however Jesus Himself used portions of Scripture. I learned this from Billy Joe Dougherty. The Holy Spirit can quicken a truth to an individual that another person reading the same passage will miss. Overall this is a nice addition to one's library on Bible study, written in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. I finished it in one setting.
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153 of 157 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2009
I have read many books on bible study, but this one is great for anyone! For a new Christian, it gives a helpful and balanced foundation. For a Christian who needs some encouragement to reconnect with scripture, it is an excellent source of motivation and direction. For an experienced bible student, it helps bring things back to the basics and teaches us again of our dependance on the Spirit and humble place before God's life transforming Word.
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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2008
Incredible book for the price!! A must have for anyone wanting insight in how to learn more from the bible. Great ideas and practical suggestions. I've bought many for gifts!!
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
The world is full of preachies who do their best to drum doctrine down your throat when the most important of aspect of your life as a Christian is studying the Word for yourself. Letting the Bible prove itself can be a gigantic task and the helpful aide (along with atlases, concordances, dictionaries, and commentaries) will be a short guide laying down simple principles that help your Bible study. The work by Robert M. West is an excellent companion in this task of understanding the Word of God. His suggestions (as they should be) are practical, exhorting, and supportive. He does more than generally make a statement; he divides it into aspects of exploration, asking us to think it through and investigate it for ourselves. Let the Scriptures prove themselves to you so that you grow into an understanding of the Word and less in the interpretation of someone else. He provides stories of what can go wrong if we jump to conclusions. In a basic way, he takes what he has learned and encourages us to find out what we can come to know. Guides to help us grow are welcome in my world. Don't bypass this book. The price is right and it will do the one thing we need in this world and that is to help us make the Scriptures ours instead of being pressed into the mold of the preachies.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2011
This is an excellent text book to use for teaching people how to study the Bible. It is condensed, concise, and yet it clearly and plainly explains basic guidelines for how to study the Bible, how to find out what it means, and then how to use these truths in your daily life to live the life that God has purposed for you to live. Many thanks to Robert West for his diligent and thoughtful insights in "How To Study the Bible."
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on August 19, 2011
Great book to get to study the bible specially like me that I am 48 years old and never pickup a bible to read at home. Now that I am a christian I always have this book with me and my Bible. Got one for my Mom and Godson to.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2012
I am coming back to church after 49 years away. I have joined a Bible study group, which is working on only the Book of John. So, I wanted a broader, more direction-minded overview to studying the Bible. This book was a gift. Amazingly, within only 95 pages, Mr. West is incredibly thorough and understanding of the varied needs and experience levels of his readers. On top of making you excited to begin your study, he describes the many avenues you can take to reach a good understanding and excellent familiarity with the Bible. The icing on this warmly written little gem; he gives you many recommendations of books that can aide you in your travels through the Bible and build your own library of Bible guides, references, and commentaries. It's title should be: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2011
Book is a short easy read - with helpful info for getting more out of your Bible study - for the price - this can't be beat
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 7, 2011
Though small, the book is powerful both in motivation and content. The passion of the writer and his know-how make this small booklet highly valuable. The price is more than reasonable.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
Priced at $1 or $1.49, you get what you pay for with this book. Considering its title, it has very little "how to"-information. All of the relevant information could be summarized into a 5-10 page article and I'm sure there are lots of articles about this topic online that are much more informative. The rest of the book is mainly a pep talk where the author repeats over and over that you need to study the bible and why. Not recommended, although of course you don't stand to lose a lot of money if you feel the need to check it out anyway.
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