Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Bible Savvy Series Review

New from Moody Publishers:

The Bible Savvy Series

If someone approached you and said:

 "The Bible is such a daunting book, written in ancient times and addressed to vastly different cultures. Is it really possible to draw relevant insight from it for our lives today?"

Would you know how to respond?
     Accurately? Succinctly? Truthfully?

Jim Nicodem can help.

Made up of four individual volumes (Epic, Foundation, Context, and Walk), Bible Savvy is a foundational resource for those wanting to better understand the Bible.

From the whole storyline of the Bible to personal application and how to live it, this set of four accessible books is an ideal resource for small groups, Sunday school classes, youth groups, and individuals seeking to increase their breadth of knowledge about God's word.

Epic: The Storyline of the Bible unveils the single theme that ties all the various parts of scripture together: redemption.

Foundation: The Trustworthiness of the Bible explains that the Bible is God's book, not merely man made, and why it can be wholly trusted.

Context: How to Understand the Bible shows readers how to read the different parts of the Bible as they were meant to be read and how they fit together.

Walk: How to Apply the Bible helps readers put their greater understanding of the text into practice and how to draw real-life applications from it.

About the Author: JIM NICODEM has been the senior pastor of Christ Community Church since its start in 1984. Beginning with a group of six families, the church has grown to over five thousand people at four campuses. A significant focus on reaching spiritual seekers has resulted in scores of new believers being baptized each year.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jim did his schooling in Biblical studies (BA/Wheaton College; MDiv, DMin/Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). In keeping with Christ Community Church's mission to make passionate disciples of Jesus Christ, Jim loves to mentor others in prayer and the study of God's Word. With that goal in mind, he has authored Prayer Coach: For All Who Want to Get Off the Bench and Onto the Praying Field (2008) and the four-book Bible Savvy series (2013).

Jim and his wife, Sue, have been married for more than thirty years and have three grown children. Jim enjoys biking, hiking and kayaking for recreation. He loves to hang out in Chicago, where he can watch the Cubs play (no better park than Wrigley) or listen to the world-class Symphony Orchestra. The local Starbucks also sees a lot of Jim, accompanied by books (mostly biographies) or friends.

My Take:
 My husband will be doing the review for these books!

I teach a class at my church called Overview of the Bible, and this series of books would fit in perfectly.  Jim Nicodem writes this series of books very plainly so that anyone can pick them up and understand what is being said.  However, at the same time, he doesn't insult the reader.  I felt like I was in a conversation with Jim rather than reading a book.

New Christians, or people wanting to know more about Christianity, will learn a lot about how the Bible is put together and get a better grasp of what is in it.  Those who have been Christians longer will be able to gain a better understanding of concepts they know (or think they know).

I recommend these books to everyone wanting to grow closer to God by getting better at reading the Bible.

I give these books 4.5 out of 5 bookworms.

The Bible Savvy Series
by Jim Nicodem
Moody Publishers
Publication date: March 15, 2013

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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