Book Review: The Good Book by Deron Spoo

May 25, 2017 Christian, Deron Spoo, nonfiction 3

about the book

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.

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GENRE: Christian NonFiction
PUBLISHER: David C. Cook
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
PAGES: 397

“The Bible, from the first word to the last, points to the person of Jesus.”

Spoo pin1The Good Book by Deron Spoo is a great resource for people who are new to Scripture, and it helps more seasoned readers look at the Bible with fresh eyes. The book is divided into 8 sections pertaining to various themes/truth, and the 5 chapters included in each section spotlight a different ‘essential’ chapter of the Bible.

There are a few passages that seasoned readers can successfully assume are included in this devotional-style book. Genesis 1. Psalm 23. John 3. Romans 8. 1 Corinthians 13. But there are several chapters of the Bible included here that I wouldn’t necessarily have picked if I were writing this book, and therefore they grabbed my attention.

Another thing I enjoy about The Good Book is that the narrative (after each spotlight of a Biblical chapter) focuses on understanding the Bible as it relates to God being here. With you. With me. And how that affects our daily lives. This isn’t a textbook for exposition (but you will learn things). Instead, the narrative is peppered with personal stories, candid conversation, and questions for reflection.

Bottom Line: The Good Book by Deron Spoo is a book I would readily give to someone who’s looking at a Bible for the first time. It’s great for a general overview of the Big Story that unfolds from Genesis to Revelation, and its personal application will help the Bible to become more personal to the reader.  But it’s also a book that I would happily use as the basis for a small group study with my ‘tribe’ of friends who are familiar with the Bible and the redemption story it tells – because it helps us see God’s Story from perhaps a new perspective. It’s easy to read, the questions for reflection are meaningful, and the structure of the narrative can lead to deeper understanding of the Bible and – most importantly – of Jesus.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Great book! (see what I did there? lol)

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about the author

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

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 What about you? What is a chapter of the Bible that YOU consider essential to understanding God’s Story?


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