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About the Author

David J. Lose holds the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has also served as Academic Dean. He is the author of Confessing Jesus Christ: Preaching in a Postmodern World.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers; First Edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806699531
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806699530
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #512,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Lose is the President of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Previously, Lose taught on the faculty of Luther Seminary (St. Paul, MN) where he served a term as Academic Dean, was the founding director of the Center for Biblical Preaching, and led the creative team that developed WorkingPreacher.org. Author of Preaching at the Crossroads (2013) and the popular Making Sense series of books and resources from Augsburg Fortress, Lose has also written for the Huffington Post, Patheos, and The Christian Century. You can find his daily bible devotions and other reflections connecting faith to daily life at "...In the Meantime." Lose speaks throughout the US and abroad on preaching, leadership, Christian faith in a postmodern world, and biblical imagination. But his favorite thing to do is hang out with his family in Kennett Square, PA, where he can play tennis, root for the Eagles, or get wrapped up in a game of Settlers of Catan with his kids.

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Frederick W. Reklau on November 5, 2009
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This book deserves the highest rating - seven stars on a five-star scale! That's because it does what the title says - "making sense of Scripture" - and so much more. It doesn't merely define the Bible, nor "defend" it. The book helps readers make sense of their life with God - a bond of love that constantly grows by our engaging in an ongoing conversation with the faithful (yet very human) witnesses we meet in Scripture.

In a Q&A format, Dr. Lose writes as a genial teacher who works at connecting with us as conversation partners; he's not out to impress or intimidate. But don't let his light touch fool you. Heavy, complex subjects are explained simply (but not simplistically) and illuminated with apt, often humorous illustrations. To process what he says, group use - more conversation - is what the book is designed for. But individuals can benefit as well, talking things out in their heads. I'll also use it for students' orientation to Bible study in the classes I teach.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. Nelson on November 5, 2010
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David Lose has done a superb job of engaging the reader in a dialogue about the bewildering aspects of reading the Bible. He clearly brings the latest research to the lay person in an easily understandable format. He never dismisses the reader, and he encourages questions about every aspect of concern. And he admits his own reservations, as well. Clearly Dr. Lose has a love for the local parish and its education. The accompanying DVD and leader's guide allow the teacher of adult education to engage adult learners in an interactive learning format, as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jo Lambert on December 21, 2012
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This study has really opened my eyes to so many things that have always puzzled me. It is a new way to look at the Bible. My bible study is also encouraging me to look at the scriptures in a more sensitive way than we looked at it in the past. Previously, I took the Bible literally but I now see that this new insight gives the Bible a much more understandable element to it. It causes to readwith new understanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Olson on September 9, 2013
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This book answers common questions that seem a bit thorny, but actually can be thought through and answered in a satisfying way. There's not a lot of heavy theology here, just practical application of basic principles of faith. This is a book that would help Christians questioning their faith understand it better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Fowler on November 2, 2013
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We are using it as the text for a class involving Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist and Lutheran Churches. Well taught and the book is written in an interesting style.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Schroeder on February 13, 2013
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This book is explicitly dialogical - that is, it is written as a conversation between two people. It is appropriately didactic, not written to entertain. The seven "big questions" it discusses are on target and important: what is the Bible, is the Bible true, how is the Bible the word of God, where did the Bible come from, how can I read the Bible with greater understanding, is there a "center" to Scripture, and what kind of authority does the Bible hold? The point of view is not fundamentalist but both evangelical and critical. It believes the Bible is "amazing" but not exempt from the kind of questions people ought to ask of any book today. It's a more human book than most fundamentalists think, more divine than some skeptics think. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 3, 2013
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This is a great book, full of important information written in a very accessible way. Great for use in teaching and preaching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Merre on January 10, 2013
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I'm a pastor, and I would recommend this book to everyone! It makes such good sense. You learn complicated things in a friendly, conversational way.
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