I want to thank Bethany House for providing a copy of How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible in return for my honest review.
As far as life passions go, promoting biblical literacy is a bright burning flame for me. I love God’s Word. It’s such an amazing resource. I mean, really, the King of the Universe wrote us a letter (or 66 letters if you prefer), and we have the opportunity to not only read that letter, but to get really familiar with it. We have the opportunity to learn who God is, to understand his plan for salvation, and in the process, we get to read some truly amazing stories about real people and the things they really did.
Keith Ferrin also loves the Bible and wants you to love it too. His newest book How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible (Bethany House, 2015) is engaging and accessible, with a discussion section following each of his ten tips. The format is perfect for middle and high school students. The book is also a great read for parents. At 155 pages with plenty of white space, it doesn’t take long to navigate the text, and you just may find some unique and helpful hints when it comes to your Scripture reading…..
Each of Mr. Ferrin’s tips begins with a personable story as he directly addresses the reader. This story then leads to his Bible reading tip and a direct personal application. Every chapter also has a study guide with discussion questions, Scripture verses to look up, and a prayer.
I really liked every one of the Bible reading tips. I think the insights were valuable, and there were a number of things I’d never really thought of doing, or ways I’ve never approached Scripture. The last two tips were clearly outlined Scripture-reading challenges that I’d encourage you to take.
As a side note, Mr. Ferrin is a little more comfortable with the idea of God speaking to him in quotable words than I am (and I recognize that that may just meet his purpose as he’s writing the book in an informal, narrative manner). Even so, I haven’t had a problem reading the book to my boys in the mornings. I just explain where I see our communication with God a little differently.
All in all, I really recommend How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible. It makes a great family read for the summer. You may find that following the tips Keith Ferrin has outlined really impacts the way your family studies the Bible.
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Danika Cooley is the author of When Lightning Struck! The Story of Martin Luther (Fortress Press, 2015), Wonderfully Made (CF4K, 2016), and Bible Road Trip. Her work has been featured in internationally-recognized children's magazines over 150 times.