Learn to Study the Bible Paperback – Apr 30 2009
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This 248 page book contains 40 different methods of studying your Bible, from basic Bible study methods, major Bible study methods to creative Bible study methods, and not just in written words, but also by example with handwritten notes to show how it can be done. There are methods such as Daily Bread (basic - one of the simplest ways to begin discovering the specific truths in five steps); Timothy Method (basic - using 2 Timothy 3:16-17, find the doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness); Verse-by-Verse Charting (major - using a five-column chart), Bible Characters, Biblical Topics and Bible Themes. One of my favorite methods I use, that I usually have called the Inductive Bible Study Method, is a combination of a few studies in this book, including, Chapter Details, Book Overview, Book Details and the Messy Bible Method. (I thought that funny! I do like to mark my Bible!).
Learn to Study the Bible is ideal for anyone to encourage them - from the seasoned Christian who needs to find new ways to discover God in the Scriptures, to the new Believer, who just does not know where to start and how to even begin studying God's Word. This handbook would be ideal for highschool homeschoolers, learning to use different Bible study methods, using it as a one or two year curriculum as they work through the different methods and Scripture. It would also be ideal for a graduation or birthday gift, for young and old alike. It's recommended!
The first section of Deane's book was everything I hoped it would be as the author described the four core components that serve as the foundation of every bible study. Deane then used the remaining chapters to share forty different bible study methods that readers can use to interpret and apply scripture to their lives.
While I felt that some of the bible study methods were too complex to commit to memory and others were similar to techniques already mentioned, there was something to be gleaned from each chapter. I especially liked the hand-written examples Deane provided to demonstrate the appropriate use of each method.
There are too many to mention in this review, but two of my favorite quotes from the book are found below:
"When we study the Bible, we should do so with the intention of allowing it to transform us. Our goal is not to master it, but rather, to be mastered by it." (p. 20)
"An unwillingness to apply the Scriptures to our lives will inevitably lead to spiritual insensitivity to the Lord and to His people. If a Christian is careless in Bible reading, he will care less about Christian living." (p. 35)
In summary, I believe that this pastor and author has a lot of knowledge to offer. He has motivated me to delve deeper into the Word and will inspire other readers to do the same.
* Topical studies
* Character studies
* Word studies
To my surprise, I found that this doesn't begin to scratch the surface of the different types of studies there are. Yes, there really are 40 different, viable study methods in this book and it doesn't even count the methods specifically for younger students. (five additional methods)
Andy's book goes into great detail and gives a hand-written example of each method. Each method is designed to help you delve deeper into God's Word; gleaning as much truth and understanding as possible. For me personally, since I've employed some of his methods and seen things I haven't seen before, it has caused me to reevaluate some erroneous beliefs I held. He does not give commentaries so he is not the reason for this reevaluation. It is because I'm looking at the bible more carefully using these methods.
I highly recommend this book. It gets five stars.