I’ve been writing Bible studies for 20 some years, and using ones written by others for just as long. So, it doesn’t take me more than a few minutes to determine the effectiveness of a study. And this one by Tyndale is very good. Here are 5 reasons why I think so:
1. It’s a manageable series of 13 lessons. Neither too long nor too short, it makes for a doable commitment from a group (or individual).
2. It’s inclusive of complete biblical text and extensive notes. Having the portion of the Bible being studied along with the lessons makes it convenient. Having detailed notes for the verses makes it more interesting and enjoyable.
3. It uses the New Living Translation. This makes it less intimidating and more understandable.
4. It has lots of room to write. With plenty of white space, the book is extremely user-friendly.
5. It encourages applicative thoughts and actions. The study is not just about the verses and what they mean; it’s about how it affects you personally. Divided into five sections, each lesson gently moves you from thought to study to action.
With all these elements, this Bible Study is one of the best I’ve seen.
(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)