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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802408230
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802408235
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A truly revolutionary book!  The contents of this book completely changed how I read and studied the Bible.  If you are looking for a book that "puts the cookies on the lower shelf" and can equip you in your bible study--you've found it!!!  This is THE best book on Bible study and is destined to remain a classic.
-Dr. Dennis Rainey, President, FamilyLife

Howard Hendricks taught me how to study the Bible in a way that revolutionized my life and my teaching. Living by the Book is the very material "Prof" Hendricks taught me and is now available to everyone. To this day, I open the Bible daily using the principles found in this book. I highly recommend it to you.
-Chip Ingram, President, Walk Thru the Bible
 
Five decades of Howard Hendrick's students all give the same testimony: his course in Bible Study Methods marked them for life.  Because Living By the Book is a distillation of that course, all of us would also offer this counsel: Don't miss this book if you too want to see your study of God's Word come alive.
-Duane Litfin, President, Wheaton College
 
My spiritual inspiration and mentor has been Dr. Howard Hendricks. I am one of thousands who have been impacted by his ministry. Having known Howie and through Howie, Bill,  for over  30 years, I know to a small degree the wisdom contained in these men's minds and hearts. Living By the Book is the way that Howie and Bill have lived their lives and, as such, this is a book that is readable and useable by everyone. It is with great joy and enthusiasm that I endorse and recommend Living By the Book.
-Ron Blue, President, CFPN

Teach a man to study the Bible and you fill his life.  Teach a man to train others and you fill others lives. A generation is indebt to 'The Prof' for teaching us how to train fishermen.  Thanks for helping us know and love the Savior through His word.
-Dr. Michael Easley, former president, Moody Bible Institute

From the Back Cover

The adventure of your life awaits!
 
With this classic book, recently update and expanded, Howard and Bill Hendricks invite you on one of the greatest adventures of your life—the journey through Scripture. In the Bible you can interact with a living God who wants a personal relationship with you. And no special skills are needed. If you can read, you can glean important insight from Scripture.
 
Living by the Book will help you engage God’s Word like never before. In simple step-by-step fashion, you’ll learn how to:
 
Observe. Let Scripture speak to you individually.
 
Interpret. Develop the tools to properly understand biblical text.
 
Apply. Learn how to allow Scripture to transform your life.
 
Start your journey today.

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Customer Reviews

This is a very informative book.
Melinda Van Zant
Dr. Hendricks has a clear understanding of how to teach bible study methods, and this book is a great tool for learning that science.
Doyle D. Hayes
This book is for everyone whether you're an avid reader or think reading the bible is too way over your head.
J. Sabath

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Rob Taylor on January 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
If you've ever had an excuse for not getting into the Word, this book is for you. Howard Hendricks who chairs the Center for Christian Leadership (affectionately know as "Prof." to his students at Dallas Theological Seminary) with the aid of his son Bill, has written this phenomenal book on the "why" and "how" of Bible study.
In the first few chapters, Hendricks challenges all the excuses we have for not studying our Bibles and posits clearly superior reasons in favor of doing so. He then uses Scripture itself to show us what we will gain from regular study of God's Word. In typical Hendricks fashion he begins by humoring "I wish we had a better term than `Bible study,' because for most of us, `study' is a bad news item. It has all the appeal of flossing our teeth" (13). He tells the story of a man he met at a Bible conference who drove twelve hundred miles to "get under the Word" and Hendricks muses "was he just as willing to walk across his living room floor, pick up a Bible, and get into it for himself?" (9).
There are three steps, which will transform that sometimes-dry text into the spiritual growth that we desire in our lives. They are Observation, Interpretation and Application. These three steps are the heart of the book.
The ability of Howard Hendricks to communicate clearly and effectively is unmatched in this introductory work on Bible study. The pages of this book come alive as he swiftly and painlessly removes the obstacles to personal study while at the same time equipping the reader with the proper tools to understand God's Word. Virtually every chapter contains exercises for the student of Scripture to get hands-on experience instead of just theoretical book knowledge.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Roy Massie on November 30, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is an easy reading book, in 45 fun little chapters, to help people gain the basic Biblical interpretation skills they need to transform their lives. The Hendricks' show us how proper interpretation of scripture is used to fuel our minds for improved prayer/meditation based on God's principles. These principles are to be applied in our daily lives to change us and consequently change our corner of the world. The overall approach is the same used by most Bible study methods; that is, "inductive" Bible study - observe, interpret, apply.

The authors stress honest observation of the Biblical text without the influence of a pretense or agenda to affect the interpretation. An extremely detailed and systematic observation of the text being studied is stressed as the most crucial aspect of interpretation. Proper interpretation is unlikely without the foundation of an extremely thorough observation of the text itself. About half the book is used to fully explore the questions and forms of textual observation.

The book is loaded with practical ways to assist in interpretation during your Bible study. For example, transporting your senses into the story to help relate to David in a cave or Paul in prison. Clever tools like the fingers of your hand can be used to remember 5 things to look for when interpreting a passage. Another easy-to-remember idea is to ask the 6 w's - who, what, where, when, why and wherefore (wherefore is the "so what?" part of life application).

The authors encourage the application of Biblical principles in our lives. The final section of the book presents a set of questions and motivations for applying the Bible in everyday life.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 1999
Format: Paperback
Hendricks says, "[T]he objective of this book is to help you ask observational questions of the biblical text, explain what a passage means, and then describe practical ways to use what you've learned in everyday life." (pg. 326) He delivers by covering the often skipped over element of observing what is actually in the biblical text. Most students of the Bible have a handle on interpreting. But Hendricks will broaden your view and help balance and objectify your study. With observation and interpretation as a solid basis he then, and only then, moves on to application. It's one thing to get in the Word, but altogether different when the Word gets into you. I typed up a 9 page, detailed outline of the book to quickly help remind me of how I can get the most out of my Bible study. Get this book so you can get into THE BOOK.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2000
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Not only is the method subscribed by this book useful in getting out of the Bible that which was intended, but if the first couple chapters don't get you downright excited about a study of the Word of God, then nothing will. This book will light a fire of desire to search, and find, ALL of God's Word.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dana D. Strandmo on October 4, 2000
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Howard Hendricks has created a powerful tool for unlocking the meaning of the Scriptures. His method of Observation, Interpretation and Application reveals the immense depth of the text. And anyone can learn this! Reading this book created a desire and an unexpected excitement to get into the Word! This book is number 2 on my list of recommended reading (because it is so effective in helping to read book number 1 on my recommended reading list!). A must have book.
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