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Great, But Even Better After You Have Read the Bible.
on September 17, 2006
This is actually a pretty good book to have. As a previous reviewer pointed out, what this book does is it separates 1000 or so Bible verses into different categories. (These categories includes anger, forgiveness, guidance, guilt, lonlieness, mercy, peace, prayer, self denial, worry, and several others.) Even if we read the Good Book fairly often, it is easy to fall into the trap of already knowing the story and not stopping to appreciate some profound and beautiful passages. The really nice thing about this book is that if you are going through a time where one of these categories is applicable to your life, you can easily find Bible verses that apply to your situation. Though interestingly, the prologue of this book says: "It is in no way intended to replace regular Bible study." In fact, this book is probably best read AFTER you have read the Bible. I am not saying you need an encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible to appreciate this book, but you should know if the verses are a proverb on their own (Proverbs), part of a prophecy (Ezekiel or Isaiah), from Jesus himself (Gospels), or from one of Jesus' apostles (Paul's letters). EXAMPLE: In 'lonlieness,' there is a verse from the Gospel According to John. Jesus says: "I will not leave you comfortless..." (John 14:18). Well, many of you probably know that in "John," Jesus said this at the last supper, and that he is talking about the Holy Spirit that will come. It's a very nice book to have. It is just my opinion that you will get more out of it if you already know the context to which the verses come from.