How to Study the Bible for Yourself

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Bestselling author Tim LaHaye is a nationally recognized Bible teacher who wants each reader to know that the Bible was written for them--they need not rely on scholars and teachers to interpret it. In this 30th anniversary edition of his bestselling How to Study the Bible for Yourself(more than 850,000 copies sold) readers will discover how to--

  • locate the Bible's major ...
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Overview

Bestselling author Tim LaHaye is a nationally recognized Bible teacher who wants each reader to know that the Bible was written for them--they need not rely on scholars and teachers to interpret it. In this 30th anniversary edition of his bestselling How to Study the Bible for Yourself(more than 850,000 copies sold) readers will discover how to--

  • locate the Bible's major principles, promises, and commands
  • understand key verses and themes
  • achieve an enriching, lifelong habit of Bible study

LaHaye's practical and inspiring method of study will open up the joy, wisdom, and excitement of the Bible to those who have been studying for years or anyone beginning to explore the wonders of God's Word.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736916967
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2006
  • Edition description: 30th Anniversary
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 212,876
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.48 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim LaHaye is the author of more than 50 books and coauthor of the popular Left Behind(R) series. His prophecy books include Understanding Bible Prophecy for Yourself, The Popular Encyclopedia of Bible Prophecy, and the Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible.

Biography

Sometimes, while sitting on airplanes, evangelical preacher Tim LaHaye would ask himself, “What if the Rapture occurred on an airplane?" That germ of an idea grew into the phenomenally successful Left Behind series, which LaHaye coauthors with fiction writer Jerry B. Jenkins. The books combine Biblical prophecy with speculative fiction to produce an action-packed thriller about events between the Rapture, when (according to one Christian tradition) the faithful will ascend to heaven, and the Second Coming.

Before the series began, Jenkins had carved out a career writing other people's autobiographies -- he ghostwrote or co-wrote those of Billy Graham, Orel Herschiser, Hank Aaron, and Nolan Ryan, among others -- as well as writing novels and a few inspirational books on marriage and parenting. Tim LaHaye also wrote books on marriage and faith, served as the pastor for a ministry in California, and co-founded The Pre-Trib Research Center, a Bible scholarship group dedicated to the study of end-times prophecy. LaHaye spent several years searching for a coauthor who could take his vision of the earth's last days -- including that intriguing image of passengers vanishing from an airplane -- and spin it into fiction. Finally, LaHaye and Jenkins were introduced by their mutual literary agent at Alive Communications, and Jenkins began writing the story of airline captain Rayford Steele, whose wife and son vanish along with millions of other true believers. Those "left behind" on Earth have a last chance to choose sides in the ensuing battle between good and evil.

The books became a blockbuster hit. Sales of the Left Behind series soared with each successive volume, and by 2001, ABC News reported, 50 million had been sold. "The formula combines Tom Clancy-like suspense with touches of romance, high-tech flash and Biblical references," The New York Times wrote, explaining how its authors pulled off "an unparalleled achievement for an evangelical novel." LaHaye and Jenkins were stunned by their own success: "I've been writing for 40 years, with 12 million books in print, but I've never seen anything like this," said LaHaye.

The series has spawned a slew of spinoffs: comic books, calendars, a young adults' series, dramatized audio recordings and a movie based on the first book. It has also generated controversy, both within and without the Christian community, for issues ranging from politics (the U.N. figures into the story as a tool of the Antichrist) to Scriptural interpretation (many New Testament scholars reject LaHaye's belief, first popularized by John Nelson Darby in the 1830s, in a seven-year tribulation period following the Rapture).

But LaHaye and Jenkins are convinced that their message is getting through to their readers. They estimate that more than 2,000 people have converted as a result of reading the Left Behind books. "And needless to say, for us that's more important than bestsellers, or money, or anything else," says Jenkins.

Good To Know

Jerry Jenkins is also the writer of a syndicated comic strip, "Gil Thorp," which runs in 60 newspapers nationwide.
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    1. Hometown:
      Jerry B. Jenkins lives in Black Forest, Colorado
    1. Education:
      Tim LaHaye has a B.A., Bob Jones University; and a Doctorate of Ministries, Western Baptist Seminary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 1999

    Bible Study for those who think they are too busy

    Tim's approach to studying the bible and ensuring its place in your heart and soul works as long as you let God into your heart. It is a very structured program that still gives you the freedom to choose how to study. It has brought me back to daily reading of God's word.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    For my husband and I it is adding an extra dimension in our dail

    For my husband and I it is adding an extra dimension in our daily walk with Christ, and it is bringing extra joy to doing our Bible Study.

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  • Posted January 22, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Great reference for Bible study

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