Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Book Review: Straight to the Heart of Acts

I've had the opportunity to read through one of the books in the Straight to the Heart series here in the past month or so, and I truly love this "devotional commentary" -- so much so that I recently purchased another title in the series.

Straight to the Heart of Acts is the one I've been reading for this review.  The cover advertises that these are "60 Bite-Sized Insights" and I really think this series lives up to that.  Each of the 60 sections is right around four pages, and I can sit down and read a complete section in just a few minutes.  So far, each reading has left me feeling like I learned something new.  And none have left me feeling like I needed to scramble for a dictionary or any other reference book to understand what I just read.  Phil Moore wrote this commentary using language meant for real people.  I love that.

From the publisher:
Straight to the Heart is a series of devotional commentaries for those who appreciate the insights and sound research found in commentaries but find scholarly writing dry and lacking in personal application. The Straight to the Heart series does not cover the whole text, but focuses on key sections that communicate the main themes of each book. Although the tone is light, the text is full of useful application and backed by substantial scholarship. Its clear, thought-provoking insights will feed both mind and soul.
What I love -- and what drove me to purchase Straight to the Heart of Romans -- is that it is very easy to read, yet it still feels "scholarly."

Now had I known this next little tidbit of information, I would not have made the above purchase.  I would have purchased Straight to the Heart of 1 & 2 Corinthians, or Matthew, or Revelation... and I would have signed up for Twitter...

...because starting next Wednesday, and continuing through Easter Sunday, Kregel Publications will be tweeting links to Straight to the Heart of Romans. The entire book will be posted as short, five to ten minute, daily readings.  Free.  Find it by following Kregel Publications or #Straight2Heart on Twitter.

There are seven titles in this series at present (those I mentioned above, plus Genesis and Moses) and I suspect I will eventually own most, if not all, of them. 

Disclaimer:  I received this book through Kregel Blog Tours.  No other compensation was received.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own.   

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