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As a Bible scholar at Union University, one of the oldest American universities in the Southern Baptist tradition, Guthrie has tracked the decline in biblical literacy with consternation. With earlier books (The Structure of Hebrews and Biblical Greek Exegesis) best suited for academia, Guthrie has switched gears to produce a reader-friendly, digestible, biblical literacy study program that includes this book as well as a participant™s workbook, study leader™s CD-ROM, and three DVDs for group use. Anyone œtouched by the English language or Western culture, argues Guthrie, should be conversant in biblical literature. Through informal kitchen-table conversations with evangelical scholars, Guthrie guides the reader through a study of historical context, differences in Bible translations, varieties of literary genres, and finally a heartfelt devotional on how to read the Bible in a postmodern world. Though successful in reaching beyond a Southern Baptist audience, Guthrie remains limited by the Protestant concept of œprogressive revelation, which prefers later parts of the Bible over earlier ones, a concept not accepted by Roman Catholics or Orthodox Christians. (Jan.)
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The content presented is as relevant as it is comprehensive. Guthrie boils down the most significant, or most troubling, issues related to the given topic, making them accessible.
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The result is an easy-to-read yet in-depth approach . . . that focuses on connecting the dots of the big storyline of the Bible. --Trevin Wax, Christianity Today Magazine, March 2011
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books; Original edition (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805464549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805464542
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Eric R. Mclemore on February 7, 2011
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This book is wonderful. First off, it puts people who have not had the oppurtunity to go to seminary or had any higher education in the skill of Bible study or theology right at the feet of some of America's finest Biblical scholars. THe book takes you through all the different kinds of literature in the Bible and expalins to you how to read it. In today's world, Biblical illiteracy is the biggest problem in Christianity. This book will be a great tool for churches to use to teach their members how to study the Bible. For so long the number one excuse for not reading and studying the word of God is "I read it and just don't understand it." Well now thanks to Dr. Guthrie and hsi team of scholars that is no longer an excuse. I pray this book will help spark a revival in Bible reading and study so that we can place the Word of God back at the center of our worship and more importantly back into the center of our lifes. Thank you Dr. Guthrie for your service. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone who wants to grow close to God.
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The book is both immensely helpful and highly readable. In it, author George Guthrie has a series of 16 conversations with biblical scholars, pastors, a musician and others in which they discuss the Bible's various genres and offer insight into how to read the Bible well. Topics include reading the Bible in context; reading the Old Testament stories, laws and prophets; reading the New Testament stories and letters; reading Revelation and the teachings of Jesus; and reading the Bible for personal devotion, with the church and with the family, among others.

If you're interested in learning more about God's word, how to understand it better and how to get the most out of your Bible reading, this is an excellent resource for you.
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I am a pastor's wife of nearly 20 years, and have been a Christian for almost 30 years. In a lovely conversant style that feels like a personal conversation, Guthrie explores the problem among Christians of not knowing the Word of God, and why we should, and then equips you to get in to the Word on your own. My understanding of the Bible has been enhanced, even changed, by this book. This book ought to be read by Christians everywhere, it's that good.
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Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding & Living God’s Word is composed of 16 chapters, containing personal "conversations" that author George Guthrie held with a variety of evangelical scholars. The book intends to aide teens and college students towards fostering a love for Scripture and offer some foundational words of wisdom in terms of how to study the Bible.

Guthrie's conversation partners include David Dockery, Andreas Koestenberger, Clint Arnold/Mark Strauss, Bruce Waltke, J. Daniel Hays, David Howard, Gary Smith, Darrell Bock, Craig Blomberg, Douglas Moo, and J. Scott Duvall. Different conversations deal with a variety of subjects. From how to read the Bible spiritually, why we read the Bible, and much of it deals with reading different genres of Scripture uniquely.

The book as a whole is ideal for senior high and college students who need skills in reading the Bible. Particularly helpful are the various reading plans outlined in the back of the book.

But there are some glaring omissions.

First, the book deserves a "theology of Scripture" chapter at the front, in order to tackle complicated questions I've often encountered from college students.

And Guthrie needs more attention to what "inspiration" means.

I think this is a good book for tackling biblical illiteracy, but it's a little too simple for use in my college classes.

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I was provided a free copy of the book by B&H Publishing in exchange for my honest review here.
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This book edited by George Guthrie provides an excellent guide for the lay person who desires to better understand God's Word. It is written in a conversational style and includes interviews with various scholars with expertise on the sections addressed in each chapter. It provides valuable information which will enable the reader to develop a sound approach to Bible study which will surely add richness to the experience. This book is a surprisingly easy and enjoyable read, with personal, heartwarming stories inserted at appropriate intervals which serve to uplift the reader with testimonies of God's glorious work in the lives of those discussed. This book is not a commentary, but does provide fundamental tools to understand the various genres of Scripture, and in their intended context. I highly recommend this book.
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Reading the Bible. Seems to be a challenge for many people. In large part, there appears to be a segment of the 'Christian' population that falls short in this facet of their 'faith.' The deficit is apparently so great that a book was written to address the problem directly.

Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's WordBut, this book does more than just address the problem of 'lazy' reading practices. This book engages the reader in conversation. At least, it allows you to sit at the table and read in onto conversations taking place between the author George H. Guthrie and those he has selected to comment on various topics regarding Bible reading. Essentially, the author has created what is deemed 'Your Guide to Understanding & Living God's Word.'

Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's WordHonestly, I found this book helpful. It was not only resourceful and informative, it provided practical insight from many respected men and women. Actually, it was only one woman, Mr. Guthrie's wife sits down for a dialog about reading the Bible with the family. While touching on virtually every facet of reading and understanding the Bible topics related to foundational hermeneutics, ie., context, translation, application, the author also takes us on a journey through discussions concerning the Old Testament, New Testament, and crossing the culture bridge and reading it for our modern context.

Some of those conversed with include David S. Dockery, Andreas Kostenberger, George Guthrie (yes, he speaks with himself), Bruce Waltke, David Platt, Douglas Moo, and Michael Card.
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