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How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour

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Helps people read the Bible as a whole; and even when the whole is narrowed to whole books, helps readers to see how each book fits into the grand Story of the Bible.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 18th 2002 by Zondervan (first published March 18th 2001)
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Douglas Wilson
Jun 05, 2016 Douglas Wilson rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-studies
Very helpful, book-by-book, resource. Recommended.
Jul 26, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
The concern of this book is to help you read the Bible as a whole, and even when the "whole" is narrowed to "whole books," it is important for you always to be aware of how each book fits into the larger story.

First, this book is intended to be a companion to How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth. Anyone who has read this book will see that familiar structure of it's guided overviews of the selected biblical books there. Essentially this is an application of the concepts shared in the first
Ryan Boyer
Feb 12, 2013 Ryan Boyer rated it really liked it
Fee and Stuart's follow up to their first book, How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth, is designed to help people become better readers of Scripture and build upon the process that is laid out in the first book. It provides overviews of each book, background information, etc.

This book is really helpful as a resource tool and guide. For that I would have given it four stars. But, it can become a cheat sheet for those who are learning how to read the Bible. Yes, it is good and valuable to have
Dec 14, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chrisitianity
This is a great book for an outline of each book of the Bible and simple commentaries. It's a really great companion if you're beginning to read the Bible--the Lord really used this to help me in understanding the purpose of certain books an to help simplify it in the beginning of my walk.

I've read some reviews where people said it was just a simple commentary or not in depth, but you have to remember the first time you read scriptures you didn't have a complete understanding of historical cont
Bryan McWhite
Jul 27, 2011 Bryan McWhite rated it it was amazing
This stands as a desk reference in my study. I use it regularly as a help in devotions (as does my wife). It is simply written and very helpful. Highly recommended to Bible students of any level.
Jeremy Manuel
Jul 12, 2012 Jeremy Manuel rated it liked it
Shelves: christianity
The point of this book is to help people understand how to read each book of the Bible. This is done by giving the context of the book, some tips or knowledge they think might help with the reading of the book, and then some general summaries of various sections of each book. By using this structure it does a pretty good job of showing how each book is unique, but also at fitting it into the larger narrative of the Bible.

I'll be honest, it isn't the most enjoyable book to read cover to cover. Th
Jeremy Zilkie
Jul 21, 2013 Jeremy Zilkie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-books
I recommend this book for anyone who plans on reading through the Bible. Fee does a great job giving a thoughtful overview of each section of each book of the Bible. The Bible is so varied in its various genres of literature, numerous authors, varied time periods along with the world events of each period with the Bible is often speaking about.

I read through the Bible, Genesis to Revelation and went section by section with this book, checking the boxes as I completed each section. While I will p
Craig Toth
May 29, 2009 Craig Toth rated it it was amazing
This book is a guide to helping people come to grips with the fact that in order to be able to better understand the Bible, one ought to first learn something about the social, historical, and literary contexts of the writings therein. Otherwise, the reader’s worldview and life experiences act as final judge concerning what “the Bible says.” The most obvious sign of this error is the common practice of picking and choosing scripture verses (typically, out of context!) to back up preexisting beli ...more
Mar 10, 2013 Linda rated it liked it
This book ws recommended for a "Reading the Bible in a year". It was a good supportive reference for getting through the mysteries of the Bible although it is no subsitiution for a good Bible study; hence the difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible. I was grateful for this reference to help me through some of the books however it is rather general in describing what the Bible is communicating rather detailed which I get in a detailed study of the Bible. I do recommend it for ...more
Apr 13, 2013 Hannah rated it really liked it
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I finally made it through this book... and consequently, the Bible!! Only took me several years, but I got there! hehe

I loved having this little companion to sometimes shed light on things I didn't understand and to provide background information and context to stories I'd heard before. It actually also helped keep me motivated during more difficult (boring) passages to read as I knew that at the end of the passage I'd be able to tick off a little box.
Marlon Myburgh
Jan 01, 2014 Marlon Myburgh rated it it was amazing
Exactly what I needed. I love the “Orienting Data,” “Overview,” “Specific Advice” and "Walkthrough" format. I really appreciate Fee and Stuart's works, they get to the point immediately and you don't need to spend needless time reading through pages and pages of unnecessary information.

This is an invaluable resource to add to anyone's research library and I would recommend it to anyone.

Mary A
Oct 21, 2013 Mary A rated it it was amazing
I read this book alongside my Bible as I was reading through the Bible for the first time. I found it helpful particularly while reading the prophets, which I was completely unfamiliar with. If you have little or no background in Biblical history, then I would recommend this book to help interpret historical circumstances in the Bible.
Kathy England
Nov 03, 2016 Kathy England rated it really liked it
I've been using this book as a devotional aid for my daily Bible reading for the past year and a half. It has been quite useful and very informational, both in knowing the history and culture at the time of each Biblical book, and as a guide as what to watch for in each section. I highly recommend it, at least in this kind of use. It wouldn't be nearly as useful read by itself.
Corey Doise
Jun 25, 2008 Corey Doise rated it it was amazing
This is a great resource for any serious Bible reader. It provides great context to what you are reading, which is key when reading any ancient manuscript. I do not read the Bible without this resource by my side.
This book is a great one to keep right next to your Bible. It helps you to understand the different genres of the books of the Bible and enriches your reading of specific passages. It's also a follow-up to How to Read the Bible for All its Worth by the same authors.
Feb 05, 2011 Timothy rated it really liked it
After having been thrilled with How to 1, I had a lot higher expectations of this book. I would have gone 3 stars, but admittedly, I didn't read the corresponding Biblical books as a companion as I went along. I will definitely consult it as a preaching/teaching resource though.
Oct 15, 2014 Pris rated it it was amazing
Read this book a long time ago. Anyone who reads the Bible and wants to interpret it the way it should be and preach about it should read this book. It keeps you on the straight and narrow without diverging into several different directions that most Bible preachers and pastors now are prone to do.
Jim Haw
Sep 10, 2012 Jim Haw rated it it was amazing
This is a trust-worthy resource that provides the background information needed to engage every book of the Bible.
Feb 07, 2013 Christina marked it as to-read
TCC Santa Cruz recommends this. Here is a link to the plan:
May 01, 2007 Andrew rated it liked it
I know this isn't supposed to be a commentary, but it seems like they don't give quite enough information.
Adam Wilson
Aug 02, 2007 Adam Wilson rated it it was amazing
A nice follow-up to "All Its Worth." Essentially a brief synopsis and outline of every book of the Bible. Great for someone who has never read it through and doesn't know how to start.
Tylor Lovins
Jun 10, 2009 Tylor Lovins rated it did not like it
It's pretty simplistic. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone. A study bible would have more commentary than this thing would. Do not buy!
Mar 30, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
This is a fantastic overview and a straightforward introduction to the bible.
Apr 27, 2013 Jeremy rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most helpful books ever!
Ed Adams
Jan 03, 2017 Ed Adams is currently reading it
I found this two-year reading plan since I seem to get bogged down with one.
Jul 22, 2011 Timothy rated it really liked it
A terrific insight into mastering the scriptures.
Jacob Aitken
A good layman's manual for bible study. Occasionally the "smarmy" style will be off-putting.
Marion Hill
Aug 04, 2012 Marion Hill rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
An excellent guide how to read the Bible. A must for every Christian's library.
Michael Kenan  Baldwin
Jan 01, 2017 Michael Kenan Baldwin rated it really liked it
Very useful as a reference in your toolbox, though some dodgy New Perspective stuff in there, too.
Jay Risner
May 27, 2009 Jay Risner rated it liked it
Some decent information, but poorly done. On the down side of OK.
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Gordon Fee is Professor Emeritus of New Testament at Regent College, where he taught for sixteen years. His teaching experience also includes serving schools in Washington, California, Kentucky, as well as Wheaton College in Illinois (five years) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts (twelve years).

Gordon Fee is a noted New Testament scholar, having published several books and
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