Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's Word

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The Bible may be the most-purchased book in the world, but it is often the least read and least applied due to a basic lack of understanding and motivation on the part of readers. Read the Bible for Life aims to improve biblical literacy in the culture and the church by simultaneously moving readers toward greater skill in reading the Bible well and toward a deeper commitment to applying Scripture to everyday life.

Through a series of down-to-earth conversations with some of today’s brightest scholars, author George Guthrie discusses the basic tools and attitudes needed to read the Bible more effectively. Chapters focus on the various types of literature in Scripture and how to read them well. For instance, how should we read a psalm differently than we read a parable?

How should we read a story of the Old Testament differently than we read a letter from Paul? How can we engage these various parts of Scripture in a way that is truly life-changing? The book also discusses issues such as reading the Bible in context, choosing and reading a Bible translation, reading in times of sorrow or suffering, and reading the Bible with your family. As we better understand how to read the Bible skillfully, we begin to see how every person of the Bible, every psalm, and every teaching fits into the Bible’s powerful, overarching story, and we begin to realize our place in the story God is still writing in the world.

Endorsements

"In the church's dry desert of biblical illiteracy, this book is a drink of cold, refreshing water. With pastoral sensitivity and practical skill, George Guthrie is equipping us to know, understand, and apply the treasures of God's Word in a way that will transform our lives and our communities for the glory of our God. I wholeheartedly recommend Read the Bible For Life for every Christian and every leader in the church." 

David Platt, New York Times best-selling author of Radical 

"In a culture where biblical illiteracy continues to spread like the proverbial plague, George Guthrie has introduced a healing medicine in the form of Read the Bible for Life. This overview of the Bible's nature and content will be welcomed in churches intent on developing biblically grounded followers of Christ. The book's conversational approach provides an easy entry for a generation that tends to read only headlines. With fresh insights for the long time student of God's Word and accessible material for the new student, it is a resource I recommend for all believers."

Ed Stetzer, coauthor, Transformational Church 

"The genuine give and take of conversation is key to the Christian community's deeper grasp of the Scriptures. Read the Bible for Life is a celebration of biblical conversation between friends who really love the Word. Hopefully, lots of people will join in." 

Michael Card, award-winning musician and author

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Thank you for considering Read the Bible for Life. I enjoyed the process of dialoguing with friends, in community, as a foundation for what you will find here, and I hope you will enter into the conversation.  I pray that you will enjoy the book and benefit from it as it not only leads you deeper into the Word of God but also leads you to the God of the Word. After all, the Bible is not just for information; it is a relational book about whole-life orientation and transformation. At times the Bible is not an easy book to read, but it is more than worth the effort, because reading it well leads us to the living God and helps us discover our part in the Story He is still writing on the world.Just a word about the Publisher's Weekly review posted here on Amazon. I very much appreciate the author of the review taking time to read the book, and I am thankful for the positive comments! However, when at the end the reviewer writes that progressive revelation "prefers later parts of the Bible over the earlier ones," the comment demonstrates a basic misunderstanding of progressive revelation. The view presented throughout Read the Bible for Life is that all of Scripture is inspired by God.  Whether we are dealing with the details of the Old Testament or the New, we respect God's choice of the time, place, and way He communicated truth by taking each passage seriously, reading it well in its context and valuing what God is communicating there.  At the same time, every passage must also be read in its broader context.  Since the Bible represents a developing Story, we need to be aware that there are earlier, foundational parts of the Story, and later points in which those earlier bits come to a grand fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus.  If you read Read the Bible for Life carefully, you will see that we actually can't understand the New Testament without having a deeper understanding of all aspects of the Old Testament Story.  Like any good relationship or story, there is progression!  Yet, to say that I prefer the latter parts of the Bible over the earlier ones is like saying I prefer my arms over my legs, or the last chapters of Tolkein's Lord of the Rings trilogy over the first chapters! As Paul wrote, "All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable . . ." (2 Tim. 3:16).  Again, my prayer is that you will enjoy Read the Bible for Life as it leads you deeper into the Bible as "profitable" in your walk with God!

About the Author:

George H. Guthrie is the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He helped establish and is now a Senior Fellow at Union’s Ryan Center for Biblical Studies, which is committed to promoting sound Bible reading, study, and interpretation at the grassroots level of the church. Guthrie has also participated in developing or revising several popular Bible translations including the HCSB, English Standard Version, and New Living Translation.

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