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I found the structure of the book to be needlessly restrictive. Each book of the bible is given one chapter, and with very few exceptions, each chapter is four pages long. (which means for a book attempting such a grand goal, its actually quite small) Each chapter gives two pages to an introduction/summary of the book, half a page to "the Jesus lens", half a page to "contemporary implications", and half a page to "hook questions." So the reality is that for each book, there are only two short paragraphs explaining how to read it through "the Jesus lens." It seems a bit arbitrary to impose such a strict template on the book. Why should a chapter explaining Isaiah be the same length as one explaining Ruth?
Secondly, and more seriously, the author never explains what exactly it means to read a book of the Bible "through the Jesus lens." Does it mean finding "types and shadows" in each book? Finding ways that each book "predicts" Christ? Or just finding a theme in each book that relates to Jesus? I believe wholeheartedly in the task of reading the OT (and the NT, for that matter) in a Christ-centered, Christ-exalting way. But I think separating each book into its own chapter without any bigger picture overview can actually distort the overall story of the bible rather than help us see it.Read more ›
I am really excited about this book. Michael Williams has written an easy to read guide that is focused on how to read the Scriptures with a focus on Jesus. In 62 short chapters (about 4-6 pages per chapter) Williams covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. In each chapter there is an introduction to all the Scriptures showing the historical redemptive development that leads us to Jesus. He then gives a short theme for each book. Each chapter has a Scripture memory passage, followed by "the Jesus lens" section, and then contemporary implications from the book discussed, and "hook questions."
The back of the book has a helpful series of charts containing five sections of each book of the Bible with a title for each book, the theme, the Christ-focus of the book, the implications, and the key questions that "hook" you.Read more ›
While abuse can occur in this regards, there can be no serious denial of the fact that the authors of all 66 books of the Bible are a consistent witness to the reality that Jesus is at the heart and center of all of Scripture. While the Old Testament is pointing forward and the New Testament is looking back at the cross, it is the person on the cross that makes it so significant. It is Jesus that runs through Scripture and his name is whispered and shouted from every book.
While there are a number of books presently that address the issue of Jesus in all of Scripture, there are none so simple and striking as Michael Williams newest book How to Read the Bible Through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture. In less than 300 pages Williams covers each book of the Bible in four pages as he draws our attention to how each book reveals its Jesus centeredness. This is the Jesus lens.
Each chapter begins by stating the books main theme and then in two or three paragraphs gives a brief overview of the book showing how this theme is woven throughout the book. Within this section one verses is suggested as the main verse than encapsulates the theme of the book.
Following the overview is The Jesus Lens section. In just one to two paragraphs Williams clearly shows the reader how the central theme of the book is connected to Jesus.Read more ›
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It was a gift for a friend. He said he liked it, so I'll give you all the stars.Published 14 days ago by Zachary Mashburn
Many people have been taught to read their Bibles as a collection of isolated books. The books spans over millenniums and many different cultures. How do these books fit together? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Erik Raymond
I don't know how I ran into the information to buy this book. But let me tell ya how very insightful his words and directions are for me! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeannie Smith
Nice little work on seeing Christ in every book in the Bible. Very easy to read and explains the detailed theological concept the ever present Christ in all the workings of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Scotsman
very well done. keeps the bible intact and lets us see where Jesus fits in, it is not always obvious to a nonbeliever or a new believer, I think this would helpPublished 16 months ago by Buffrin
This book is a great Bible study assistance. It helps to clear up and understand many things so that I can help spread and explain The Word of God!Published 18 months ago by Kevin Bloomquist
The author did an OK job. Some of the text are just the author's take on that book of the Bible. Lots I agree with, but some I did not. Reads like a college paper actuallyPublished 22 months ago by Amazon Customer
I particularly like the consistent format of each chapters and the fact that each book of the Bible is handled in its normal order. Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Randy
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