If you are looking for a basic overview to the message of each book of the Bible, then The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible might be your answer. Written by 2 P.H.D. authors that is written in language for all to understand.
Looking at each of the 66 books of the Bible, the authors follow a common pattern: Setting, Summary and Significance. These three areas answer briefly 3 key questions: What’s the background for this book (author, recipients, events and why written)? What is this book saying? What does this book mean?All of this is done in a 3-10 pages or just under 300 pages for the whole book.
A good study Bibles as well provide a general overview of a book more in a bullet point approach. The quick start is a quick conversation offering paragraphs not bullet points to deal with each area.
Setting and summary is common to other Bible guides, it’s in the area of significance that I fond my greatest appreciation for this book. The significance section laid out the major themes. If one were preaching or teaching or simply wanted a big picture view from 10,000 feet this is the book for you.
If you are just starting to read the Bible, this is a valuable tool. If you want to go more in depth, this is quick introduction. Quick Start is what they advertise and provide.
I give The Quick Start Guide to the Whole Bible 4 out of 5 stars. Good resource to pick up. I’ll use it for a quick review when teaching on a particular book, but will rely more on commentaries to go into greater depth. You can read an excerpt here.
Thank you Bethany House for a free copy to review. I wasn’t required to give a positive review just an honest one.