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(Review) The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible's Biggest Ideas by Deron Spoo

Publisher and Publication Date: David C. Cook. April 1, 2017.
Genre: Nonfiction. Bible, Bible history.
Pages: 400.
Source: Free copy from David C. Cook and Litfuse Publicity Group.
Rating: Excellent.

Landing page for the tour @ Litfuse: The Good Book. 

The Good Book in paperback @ Amazon.

Two additional books are available in this combo set: The Good Book Participant's Guide, The Good Book Small Group Curriculum Kit. Amazon links. 


Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as "down to earth" and "authentic." His television devotionals, "First Things First," reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.
Find out more about Deron at http://www.readthegoodbook.com.




Summary:
The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas.
A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.
Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible,  The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.
The Good Book: -is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
-gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages; -helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and -encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.
The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week

The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.
My Thoughts:
It seems most Bible studies are topical in subject; and, as there is nothing inherently wrong with studying topics from the Bible, it does take away from understanding several factors. These factors are Bible history, the Bible's revelation of God to people, other Bible themes, and how Scripture points to Jesus Christ.
The Good Book is a wonderful study of the Bible, because it studies 40 important passages of the Bible, that gives the reader a well-rounded view of the whole of the Bible.
Each chapter is about 7-8 pages in length, this includes the Bible passages. I believe with short chapters the book is an approachable type book for a new Christian. And highly usable for limited study times at meetings.
The Good Book is geared towards group studies. But, I read and studied the book on my own and enjoyed it.
The chapters end with a brief, "For Reflection" spot. One or two questions are given for discussion.
A new Christian or a person who has not been in a Bible study before can be a bit timid about studying the Bible with other people. The Good Book is an accessible and engaging tool to study the Bible.
On the other hand, Spoo makes the point of stating seasoned Christians who have studied the Bible can gain from The Good Book. Spoo's sage words for,
the experienced Bible readers, I offer a word of advice: Reject the tendency to be satisfied with your current understanding of the Bible. Refuse the temptation to think that what you grasp of the Scriptures today is somehow enough. Don't just settle for wading in the surf. Dive deeper! Untold riches await your discovery. Page 17. 

I love the illustrations given in The Good Book. For example, chapter 13 is on Psalm 51. A story is told of the British fox who has "devised an imaginative-make that ingenious-method to rid itself of fleas." This illustration is given to show a "picture of cleansing!" All the illustrations are from the world around us that we can relate to and understand.
Definitions of key words are given throughout the book. Words like righteousness, kingdom, wisdom, insight, and discipline are defined for clarity.

My favorite quote:
The challenge is before you: never assume God is on your side. Instead, make every effort to be certain you're on God's side. Many of history's most dangerous and destructive people have been those who assumed that God supported their every action and agenda. Wise are those who don't see themselves as infallible. Humble are those who consistently take inventory of their motives and means of success. Page 173-174.

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