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:
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.