The Good Book
I was interested in reading The Good Book by Deron Spoo because I'm always looking for a good teaching devotional resource. The Good Book is almost a discipleship-type resource - it takes you through 40 important chapters of the Bibles and covers the biggest topics and ideas of the Bible. The corresponding chapter of the Bible is included with the chapter expounding it. The chapter of the Bible is provided in the author's favorite translation (Christian Standard Bible), but you can grab your Bible and read it in your own translation if you prefer, which is what I did. The book description says:
"The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas. A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book:
is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible."
The Good Book is divided into eight sections: In the Beginning; God Is Good When Life Gets Messy; God Is Big; Tough Love, Troubled Times; Jesus Has Just Entered the Building; Jesus Won't Leave Us as We Are; Following Jesus; and God's Message for You. Deron takes the reader on a sweeping overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Each chapter provides the Bible passage, Deron's thoughts on it and the takeaway lesson from it, and a few questions for reflection or discussion. This is a perfect gift book, book for Sunday School classes or small groups to go through, or just a book to read on your own as a devotional, which is what I did. I enjoyed Deron's easy style of writing and his way of drawing the reader in and making the content interesting while still providing essential truths. The ideas Deron focuses on are the very basic building blocks of Christianity, which makes The Good Book a very accessible guide to new believers while also being a good refresher course for those who have been Christians for awhile. Highly recommended.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse in order to provide an honest review. All opinions are my own.