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  • Series: Straight to the Heart
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (October 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1854249886
  • ISBN-13: 978-1854249883
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Phil Moore has served us magnificently . . . He writes so relevantly and with such submission to biblical revelation." (Terry Virgo Newfrontiers 2010-11-30)

"Most commentaries are dull. These are alive. Most commentaries are for scholars. These are for you!" (Michael Green Wycliffe Hall, Oxford 2010-11-30)

"Outstanding: biblical and passionate, clear and well-illustrated, simple and profound. God's Word comes to life as you read [Moore's commentaries], and the wonder of God shines through every page." (Wilson Andrew author of Incomparable 2010-11-30)

About the Author

Phil Moore leads a thriving church in London, UK. He also serves as a Bible teacher within the Newfrontiers family of churches. After graduating from Cambridge University in History in 1995, Phil spent time on the mission field and then in the business world. After four years of working twice through the Bible in the original languages, he has now delivered an accessible series of devotional commentaries that convey timeless truths in a fresh and contemporary manner.

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Format: Paperback
Commentaries are supposed to be dry and boring. At least, that's the impression that you'll get if you ask the average Christian about commentaries. They're for preachers and teachers, not for the average man on the street. Nobody would ever think of reading one.

That is, until you hand them one of the volumes of the Straight To The Heart series.

The first thing I noticed about this book is that it's broken down into easily digestible parts. Matthew is broken into 60 pieces, each one around four pages. This makes it a really good book for personal devotions -- it's something that you can read every day that is going to give you something to chew on all day long.

Moore also sticks to the theme of the book throughout. Matthew's Gospel is about the coming Kingdom, and that's how the book is structured. We get the Prologue, which is The Coming of the Kingdom. The rest of the book is about different aspects of that Kingdom -- lifestyle, mission, message, community, and judgment. Then the Epilogue, which is the Proclamation of the Kingdom. Each of the 60 bite-sized pieces contributes to the unified whole, giving the reader a daily bite of God's Word while also giving a greater understanding of what Matthew's purpose was, and what God has to teach us through this Gospel.

Moore teaches in this book, but it doesn't sound like he's teaching. You won't learn Greek roots, there's no discussion of whether Matthew or Mark was the first Gospel or whether Matthew was originally written in Greek or Aramaic. It's also not a verse by verse study; instead, Moore takes the major themes of each section of the book and expounds on that.
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I was truly blessed to have the opportunity to read Phil Moore's book "Straight to the Heart of Matthew: 60 Bite-Sized Insights". It is one of several in a series that he has written, and it was the first that I had read, and won't be the last! If you are looking for a book to read on a devotional level, then this is definitely the one you want to read! it had so much to offer from details about Jesus, to the places he walked, the people he taught, and so many, many things that I had not even thought of, yet I know, has always been right there in front of me, in the Word! That is one thing that I love about books like this, we can read the Bible over and over, yet a simple book as this, can bring out something so deep from the Word, that we fall in love once again with the scriptures that we have read time and time again!

FTC Guidelines disclosure, I must state that I was given a copy of the book, "Straight to the Heart of Matthew: 60 Bite-Sized Insights" from the publisher in exchange for my review. My opinions are expressly my own, and are in no way influenced positively or negatively, due to receiving this book in exchange for the review.
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Format: Paperback
Title: Straight to the Heart Series; 60 Bite-Sized Insights
New Testament: "Matthew"
Author: Phil Moore
Publisher: Monarch Books
Pages: 270

Could you use a devotional on the Book of Matthew that brings encouraging insights? When was the last time you read Matthew in the New Testament? Well, let me encourage you with this 60 Bite-Sized Insights book. Unlike other books, the insights include how the Lord taught the author the truths presented in scripture. The reader should understand this author didn't attempt in any way to cover each passage or all that can be unearthed in each chapter of Matthew.
Phil Moore shares his journey as he studied and applied what he learned in the New Testament from the book of Matthew. In his book, he breaks Matthew down into Prologue, Acts 1 through 5 and ending with an Epilogue. Each devotional insight is centered on Matthew's theme of Kingdom, which Matthew wrote for his Jewish audience in the first century. While it may seem to be a long time ago, and it is, there are commands which we must be reminded of if we are citizens of the Kingdom of God.
Included in this book are some ways that Phil was taught to think differently than in the past as he studied and unearthed scripture lessons. Along with all this, we learn how Jesus loved people and reached out to them as He does today. Phil Moore, while being an author, is also a pastor of a church in London, an evangelist and a Bible teacher.
The Gospel of Matthew has much to teach us not only about the Kingdom, but also about the people of Jesus day, which should encourage us today.
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By Joan N. on February 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Moore has written this book "to take you on a tour of Matthew's gospel and bring you face to face with Jesus as Matthew knew him." (16) Matthew groups his material by theme rather than chronological order. More suggests there are five "acts" to this gospel drama and divides his work accordingly.
Moore's work is not a commentary. Each of the sixty readings is about four pages long and covers one or two major lessons in the Bible passage. This would make a nice devotional reading, covering two months.
I learned some things from Moore's book, such as the parallel of the life of Jesus to the experiences of Israel. Jesus baptism (Israel through the Red Sea), Jesus' forty days of temptation (Israel's forty years in the wilderness), Jesus' Sermon on the Mount (Israel receiving the law at Mt. Sinai).
Another great lesson is the method of the devil in Jesus' temptation. He also has a great section on Gehenna (Matt. 10:28).
On the Pharisees, he notes they did everything humanly possible to bring Israel back to God. "That was the problem. Everything humanly possible. Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is a description of what is divinely possible." (60)
On Matt. 7:13-27 and the narrow road - "Christians are saved by grace through faith, but there is no such thing as an 'invisible conversion.' When a person puts their faith in Jesus Christ, they start living differently. It's as simple as that." (78)

I am a picky theological reader and a couple things Moore wrote bothered me. He presumes to know what Moses, Elijah and Jesus were talking about at the transfiguration. (165) He says, "Jesus had been reading the Psalms in the run-up to his crucifixion." (249) (How does he know that? Perhaps Jesus had memorized them as a child.
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