My take? I decided to read this book as was suggested in the opening chapter -- alongside my regular Bible reading. So this is more like reading a preview of the real thing, then reading the actual Bible text. That means that I am writing up this review without having read the entire book.
I was a little put-off by some of the statements made in the beginning. I always figured the Bible was God speaking directly to us, and that any commentary types of materials I choose to read are just that: commentary by people. The idea that this book is God speaking to me, well, I was sorry I had requested the book.
That being said, I dove in and read the couple pages on Genesis (which I had just about finished reading in my Bible reading plan) and found myself really thinking about what the Bible does have to say. A couple days later, as I had finished Genesis, I read the chapter on Exodus, and I do find myself thinking about my Bible reading differently. Same for Leviticus (though I'm not actually starting Leviticus until this weekend). And the chapter on Numbers too.
My revised opinion? I think that if this book is being read alongside the Bible, that it is an excellent resource. It is giving a message I really haven't seen before. And it is making it so that I am noticing different things in my Bible reading. The big plus is that each chapter is only 3-4 pages, so it is pretty quick to read before starting the next chapter of the Bible.
I don't think this is a "must-own" book, but it is a fresh way to approach Bible reading, and I am glad to be using it.
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