If you have ever felt intimated by the Bible for whatever reason, The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible is the perfect orientation book to help you better understand the messages of the Bible. Each chapter focuses on a single book in the Bible and introduces the setting, gives a summary, and concludes a brief “Why this book is significant” section.
As a long time reader of the Bible, I was enlightened by perspectives and insights that Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers share in their book. Dr. Marty and Dr. Seevers impressed me with their ability to share so much scholarly information in such a concise, readable style that appeals to everyone, regardless of Biblical experience or knowledge. Each chapter is short, focused and accessible. While this book can be used as a reference, I learned a lot by reading it cover to cover the first time through.
Dr. Seevers is the author of the Old Testament chapters in The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. While I learned new information in each chapter, I was particularly touched by the insights Dr. Seevers shared about the first five books of the Bible, including Leviticus, Deuteronomy, and Numbers which I have found rather tedious reading in the past. I particularly loved the thought that Leviticus teaches us that “God is holy and his people are to reflect that holiness” (page 25).
Dr. Marty is the author of the New Testament chapters in The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. I was curious how the book would flow between the Old and New Testament sections with two different authors. Not a problem. Dr. Marty seamlessly carried on what Dr. Seevers did so well in the first half of the book.
Dr. Marty reintroduced me to my Biblical hero Paul and showed so well how determined Paul and the other New Testaments writers were to be disciples of Jesus despite harrowing persecution. Dr. Marty reminds us again how they consecrated all they were and had to obey the resurrected Christ’s commission to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
Whether you love the Bible as I do and want to deepen your understanding of it, or if you just want to familiarize yourself better with the Bible for whatever reason, The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible is a great resource. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible by Dr. William H. Marty and Dr. Boyd Seevers for my candid review.