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Sweeter Than Chocolate: Developing a Healthy Addiction to God's Word Paperback – December 1, 2014
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About the Author
Christy lives in Montana and has a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary (2004) and she is the author of more than 20 books. Twice, she has been named “Writer of the Year” by American Christian Writers (2007, 2011). She wants to find creative ways to help others engage and enjoy the Bible.
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The book seems more appropriate to the new believer than to a mature one, although there are some parts that would be beneficial to both. One of her suggestions is to begin studying a children’s Bible storybook, and she tells what to do if you don’t understand something in it. The chapters that summarize the Bible also seemed very elementary and unnecessary to me. Beginning after 25%, she almost talks down to readers, as if they’re uneducated. She even gives a basic step by step guide for using a concordance. There weren’t many grammatical mistakes. “Than” was used for “then” and terms like “our heart” was used for “our hearts” over and over again. I did find it somewhat repetitive also. However, I think the good points of the book far outweigh the bad.
Bower encourages us to crave God's Word like some crave chocolate. She wants us to have an attitude of delight toward the Bible and become addicted to it. She gives suggestions as to how that happens.
While Bower says anyone can understand the Bible, she does note that practice and training are required. She helps us understand the different Bible translations and how to choose one. She gives us an overview of the Bible and helps us understand the various Bible study tools, including computer resources. She explains how Bible study is done and how we can meditate on the Word.
This book is a good introduction to the Bible and Bible study for new Christians or Christians beginning to study the Bible for the first time.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.
What I like most about Sweeter Than Chocolate is Christy's very positive writing style. Her book is completely free of any fear and guilt manipulation to make people feel bad if they do not read the Bible. Instead, Christy offers gentle encouragement and helpful suggestions to take into consideration with an overall emphasis on how reading the Bible should be enjoyable. She even goes to the point of urging the reader not to read the Bible when they do not feel like it. The logic behind this suggestion is that forcing oneself to read the Bible only reinforces the negative view that it is a chore. As compared to enjoying the Bible which will naturally lead to us wanting to spend more time in Bible reading. I see Sweeter Than Chocolate as being the especially helpful to teenagers, young adults and people who are new to the Christian faith. Although any Christian can be inspired by her message of how the Bible should be enjoyable in the same way that eating chocolate is enjoyable.
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by Christy Bower in exchange for agreeing to write an honest review. I have not been paid or pressured to write a positive review by Christy. The content of this review is completely my own opinion.