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Isn’t it exciting when we see God at work in our lives?
I have been a follower of Jesus for most of my life, and though I have done a lot of reading the Bible, I have not done much studying of it on my own. I have rarely dug further than reading the provided commentary in my study Bible, because I did not know how to go about it.
This truth dawned on me as I began re-reading the book of Romans last fall. As I was reading over some passages that were harder to understand (and often disagreed upon within the church), I wanted to seek out the answers for myself. I wanted to make sure my beliefs were based on the Word of God and not on the teachings of other people.
Soon after this, I was introduced to the book, His Word Alone: A call to put down your Bible studies and pick up your Bible through a Christian bloggers facebook group. The book had recently been published, and the author, Summer Lacy, was looking for bloggers who would be interested in reading and reviewing the book. I wanted to learn how to study the Bible on my own, and was hopeful that this book would teach me how to do this. I was not disappointed!
In this book, Summer discusses why many women are more prone to pick up a Bible study rather than the Bible, why this is a problem, and presents a process to dive into the Scripture on your own. She doesn’t suggest that we completely do away with Bible studies, but that we don’t let them replace studying the Scripture on our own.
I repeat: For all of you ladies that love written and group Bible studies – Summer is not telling us to completely do away with them! However, she has seen in her own life the tendency to substitute them for personal study of the Bible itself. Near the beginning of the book, she made this statement explaining the importance of studying the Bible on your own:
There is a significant difference between someone telling you what God’s Word says and you listening to what He is saying on your own. In the first instance, someone is relaying to you who God is and what He is like – the things He does and that which He desires. In the latter, you are meeting with God to discover those things for yourself.
I was hoping this book would show me how to study the Bible, and it did just that!
Summer presents a 5 step process to dive into the Scripture on your own, with guidance on:
- how to select a book of the Bible to study
- how to “pre-study” the book to determine the context
- what questions to ask as you read each chapter
- and ways to respond to what you have learned.
At the end of the book, Summer talks about her love of corporate Bible study and how there are many benefits to worshiping and studying together with other believers, just as the early church did. However, she reiterates the importance of not allowing it to replace individual study of God’s word. She ends the book by giving guidelines on how to do a Bible study well – how to choose a study with good content and what the process of our study time together should look like.
I can’t tell you enough how much I loved this book! Summer’s writing is personal and engaging, so it is easy to read for those of us who typically stick to reading fiction. She continually points to Scripture and gives us an easy to follow process to begin to dig into God’s Word. If you have struggled to study the Bible on your own, or are looking for a place to begin, I highly recommend this book!
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His Word Alone: A call to put down your Bible studies and pick up your Bible
I am also excited to offer a free copy of this book to one of my readers!
Use this entry form to win a free copy of His Word Alone by Summer Lacy! Open to readers 18 years of age and older with US shipping addresses only. Entry deadline is February 16, 2016.