Bible Revival

Usually we attempt to sound scholarly and professional when producing book reviews; and usually we try to hit a certain length or word count, but for this volume we will dispense with those formalities. We’ll make it short and informative and begin by going right to the bottom line:Bible Revival

If you are a Christian, who claims to love the Word of God, you need to read this book.

The title informs you of everything you need to know about the contents. The author’s contention is that we claim (pay lip service) to love the Word of God, but in reality our actions demonstrate nothing of the kind. He may say it in a little more gentle fashion than that, but that is the thrust.

In six short chapters – Learning, Valuing, Understanding, Applying, Obeying and Speaking the Word – Berding more than adequately presents his case.  If you care about your relationship with the Word of God, you should find this book a very pointed challenge. When you read Bible Revival, you may get your spiritual toes stepped on, but Berding does it very lightly. You’ll learn what it really means to Value and Understand the Word.

This challenging volume is written by Kenneth Berding, a professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University. He’s had more theological education and written more scholarly “stuff” than you would think is humanly possible. That might lead you to believe that this is a book written by an Ivory Tower Member for the Ivory Tower Gang. Not the case at all! Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves To One Book is right down where the green grass grows. Yes, you’ll get a bit of hermeneutics and yes, you’ll get a few of the rules of practical application, but mostly you will get urged and provoked to examine your relationship with your Bible.

ASIDE: It would appear to me that if you have the opportunity to take a class from Dr. Berding, you do not squander that opportunity. He seems to be able to convey knowledge in a practical and useful manner.

Final Bottom Line: If you’re going to buy ten Christian books this year, make this one of them. And after you do, read it, study it, underline it and highlight it. But most of all accept the challenge in it.

This book was provided to me by Weaver Book Company for the purpose of an honest and unbiased review.

This book was originally review at Eye on Christianity on April 28, 2014.


What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About

There are, of course, a countless number of New Testament survey volumes available to the biblical student. But rarely does one come into publication that has a unique approach and format. Such is the case of What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About: A Survey of Their Writings. It is the editorial product of Kenneth Berding and Matt Williams, both holding PhDs and both professors at Biola University, and includes contributions from fifteen separate New Testament scholars.What the NT Writers Cared About

The distinctive approach is that the material focuses on the author first and the information second. In other words the material is background oriented. The very first chapter, “Walking in the Sandals of a First-Century Jew,” sets the pace. We are introduced to what it was like to live in that first-century of Christianity.

The singular format is derived from the arrangement of the material. Typically, New Testament surveys arrange the material book-by-book and in the order of Matthew through Revelation. However, What the New Testament Authors Really Cared About arranges the books by author (hence a hint at the title). Thus, information on the book of Acts follows information on the Gospel of Luke and all of John’s writings are grouped together and so on.

Each chapter begins with a one-page summary answering the questions who, when, where and why and then launches in to the pertinent material from the point of view of the author. Each chapter ends with “Key Words and Concepts for Review,” emphasizing what the biblical writer cared about.

A couple of other observations: First, this is a reference book. Although one could read this volume through cover to cover, it is most beneficial if one is doing study on a particular book or author. Second, this book is a textbook – a refreshing breakthrough in the sometimes monotonous procession of New Testament facts. I would estimate that this would be the textbook of the future for first-year Bible college students. I would encourage Bible college professors who teach New Testament survey to utilize this volume as their primary textbook.

The final word is that this volume is excellent and quite beneficial to anyone without a seminary degree. But it would also be a worthwhile reference for anyone with a thirst for biblical knowledge. Regardless of your theological educational level, you will add knowledge and understanding of the New Testament.

Disclaimer: I was provided this book by Kregel Publishing for a fair and honest review.

Let Food Be Your Medicine

For anyone who is searching for answers to a health challenge, such as weight loss, heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, fibromyalgia or other debilitating illness, Let Food Be Your Medicine is a book you should read. It might mean the difference between simply existing versus living the abundant, vibrant lifestyle God meant for you to live.Let Food Be Your Medicine

This volume should be another best seller for Dr. Don Colbert, MD. He is the author of over forty books. Through this latest book, he epitomizes the philosophy that medicine is not healthcare, nutrients are!

In Let Food Be Your Medicine he not only endorses practical application and physiological truth, but also demonstrates to the reader how he actually battled back from an incapacitating health issue himself. Therefore he understands and acknowledges the frustration of enduring many different medical recommendations and procedures which never seem to work. Real health, he observes, begins from the inside out.

Being a medical physician, Dr. Colbert can present practical application in easy-to-understand terminology. He patiently and thoroughly explains why consuming certain nutrients will restore healing and vitality. When a person understands how physiology works, one will not only retain that information but look forward to the changes he/she will incorporate and ultimately reap as a reward.

It is refreshing in this world of over-hyped diet formulas to discover that Dr. Colbert recommends a simple, modified Mediterranean diet. As a twenty-year nutritional Christian counselor myself, I highly recommend this sensible plan as well. The modified Mediterranean diet stresses nutrients and not simply calories, fat grams or carbs.

But what I enjoyed most about Let Food Be Your Medicine was the fact that Dr. Colbert wasn’t afraid to evoke the name of God into his book and give Him the glory for creating such a complicated and intricate human body. True health encompasses the entire body: mental, physical and spiritual!

Dr. Colbert is an inspirational writer. Let Food Be Your Medicine is as well-written as his other book in my library, The Seven Pillars of Health and I’m pleased to recommend it highly.

[This review was provided by Ellie Marrandette of New Creations Ministries.]

Disclaimer: I was provided this book by Worthy Publishing for a fair and honest review.