Alpha Teach Yourself The Bible in 24 Hoursby W. Terry Whalin, Terry Whalin
Are you a new Christian? Interested in brushing up on lessons you learned in Sunday School years ago? Looking for a reference book to bring to your Bible-study class? Whether you're interested in studying the Bible on your own or with others, you need structure -- and that's exactly what Alpha Teach Yourself the Bible in 24 Hours offers you. The 24 lessons in this step-by-step guide keep you on track as you learn the basics of the Bible -- one hour at a time. Since 1992, W. Terry Whalin has authored or co-authored more than 55 books. His latest collaboration is First Place: The Bible-Based Weight-Loss Plan Used Successfully by Over a Half Million People, which he co-authored with Carole Lewis and which was featured at the 2001 CBA international convention. Whalin has written for more than 50 publications such as Christianity Today, Moody, Charisma, New Man, and Decision. He is a former editor of In Other Words and at Wycliffe Bible Translators and an associate editor at Decision with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is currently an acquiring editor at Cook Communications Ministries.
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I was very pleased to discover Mr. Whalin's new book. I now have a reader-friendly companion to my daily Bible reading. By paraphrasing and summarizing; and with the inclusion of historical and archeologicial tidbits, the author has made the books of the Bible understandable and interesting. The stories within are NOT just long lists of names and mysterious prophecies--they present history in a manner that keeps me turning pages. Highly recommended as a study aide or reading as literature.
Whalin¿s book will help new Christians intimidated by the Bible or older believers who¿ve never studied it seriously. His discussions of Bible basics, key Bible stories and doctrine will provide a helpful overview for deeper Bible study later. A few books were left out of the brief overviews--I noticed Ruth, Galatians, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, Titus and Jude missing--but Alpha Teach Yourself keeps on track with its commitment to provide a crash course in 24 one-hour study sessions. For people who think the Bible is too complicated to study and understand, this book will be enlightening and encouraging.