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Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God's Word

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The Bible may be the most-purchased book in the world, but it is often the least read and least applied due to a basic lack of understanding and motivation on the part of readers. Read the Bible for Life aims to improve biblical literacy in the culture and the church by simultaneously moving readers toward greater skill in reading the Bible well and toward a deeper commitm

Paperback, 338 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by B Books (first published December 19th 2010)
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Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-literacy
One of a kind! A great book for learning how to read the bible for life transformation. Simple, Clear, Conversational; no overly technicals terms.

Dr. Gunthrie conducts 16 interviews with top bible scholars to expose the fundamentals of bible reading. Highlights are: heart space/life space, genre's, and translations. Currently, teaching a class with this as our primary text book and have received very positive feedback.

I would highly recommend this to anyone desiring to draw more from scripture
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'll be co-leading a Bible study using this book this summer. I'm interested to dive into it and see what it's got. ...more
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
This is quite good, but not what I was expecting. I think I was expecting something deeper. I would consider this is a good introduction to personal Bible reading for someone who wants to read the Bible better. I think a more in-depth treatment of the same subject matter is Gordon Fee's "How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth", which I was more impressed with. However, this is certainly not bad, and might be preferable for someone looking for a more accessible version of Gordon Fee's book.
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Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first discovered George Guthrie through links to his blog from others. The posts I read there were so helpful that I got his book, Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word.

After an introduction detailing reasons for reading the Bible, lamenting a lack of Biblical literacy among Christians, and posting several reasons why Christians don’t read, Guthrie launches into the four parts of his book.

The first part covers “Foundational Issues,” like how to read it, rea
Mandi Ehman
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
I didn’t love the format of this book and the way each conversation was described in detail. But I did really appreciate the systematic approach to the ways to read the Bible, and I found both the theology and practical tools very helpful.
Oct 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding & Living God’s Word is composed of 16 chapters, containing personal "conversations" that author George Guthrie held with a variety of evangelical scholars. The book intends to aide teens and college students towards fostering a love for Scripture and offer some foundational words of wisdom in terms of how to study the Bible.

Guthrie's conversation partners include David Dockery, Andreas Koestenberger, Clint Arnold/Mark Strauss, Bruce Waltke, J
Tina Simmons
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to adore this book. I am an alumnus of Union University, so I saw Dr. Gutherie on a regular basis, and he always struck me as a genuine Christ lover. I regret never taking a class with him.
This book can be summed up like this: in order to study the Bible well you need:
1. A good Bible Dictionary
2. A good commentary
3. A good history book about 1st century Palestine, Judaism, Jerusalem, etc.
Unfortunately, there are no recommendations for any of the above necessities. Cosmic fail.
I did appr
May 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
The reading plans are ambitious for daily study, but they are a great way to tackle studying the Bible. I will not get through the entire Bible in a year but I have a plan to read through it and will cover a good portion of the text in time. With regard to this specific book, the text is mostly conversations of the author with other biblical theologists. If you have limited time, which is everyone, just follow the reading plan(s) presented in the back of this book and spend you time actually rea ...more
Thomas C Wilson Jr
Wonderful book

Well-written and easy to understand, this book is a guide to reading and studying God's Word in a variety of ways and settings, from personal and family devotions to small groups and even corporately reading and studying the Bible as a church.. Guthrie himself is a professor at Union University and the book, as one might expect, is heavy on facts. He interviews scholars, pastors, and, for the chapter on reading the Bible as a family, his wife. Even though he is a professor, he firm
Mar 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am enjoying this book very much. It is deliberately written in an easy conversational style. When the author interviews scholars ( including Bruce Waltke, Mark Strauss, Clint Arnold, Douglas Moo and even himself) he adopts the style of Lee Strobel in his Case For Christ. It is a little stylised and wooden, but pleasant enough.
There is some great advice here and plenty of useful material, no matter what your previous experience of reading the Bible is.
Dr Guthrie writes in a natural and often
Jennifer Drake Johnston
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this. I actually now wish I had gone through this together with a friend or study group. The conversational interview approach was effective (and somewhat humorous when he interviewed himself.) Love the summary bullet points at the end (I am a bullet-point kinda person.) And I did get a lot out of the Transformation activities at the end of each chapter. This is a great book for anyone who is new to reading the Bible or who is experienced.. there are great takeaways for all. Well ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
a great, accessible primer on the wonderful yet challenge task of reading scripture well. I think this makes the important ideas clear without having to wade through a lot of scholarship to get there. Be prepared to chuckle at the level at which the author seeks to keep things relational and conversational...but all in all an important book presented in an important way.
Daniel Rowe
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great introduction to reading the Bible well. Very good at simplifying difficult concepts for young or immature believers. Some of the interviews come off a bit odd (ex: the author interviewing himself) but there overall execution is helpful.
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great book to help a person understand how the Bible fits together as a story. Dr. Guthrie does an excellent job of making the various genres of the Bible understandable for readers of all skill levels and backgrounds.
Melissa Moore
Feb 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very nicely done. A wonderful help to knowing how to read various parts of the Bible, and why it's important to know the big picture of the Scriptures, and to study and meditate on individual portions of Scripture. ...more
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-reading
Incredible tool to have. This is a book you will read, apply and read again later. It's a staple in my library. ...more
Debora Buerk
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: church-study
Great survey of the Bible reading from the perspective of God's great continuing story. ...more
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
I didn't like the format (conversational style) of this book. I wanted the information to be more straightforward. I ended up just skimming the book for basic information in each category. ...more
Arne Teigland
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian-living
Very helpful for reading the Bible with purpose.
Todd Coe
Feb 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
very good book on how to read the Bible for meaning and to know God and not as an to do item to check off.
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Dr. George Guthrie serves as the Benjamin W. Perry Professor of Bible at Union University in Jackson, TN. As a student of the New Testament and Koine Greek, he is the author of numerous articles and seven books, including, The Structure of Hebrews: A Textlinguistic Analysis (Supplements to Novum Testamentum, 73. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1994; republished by Baker Books in 1998), Biblical Greek Exegesi ...more

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