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Do you feel like you should read the Bible more?
This book will help you want to read it.
Keith Ferrin has been talking to churches for years about enjoying God's Word. Here he shares the most helpful ideas and habits you can start using today. You will find ten proven tips that are equally practical whether you are a longtime Bible student or simply exploring what this life-changing book is all about.
Aimed at deepening your relationship with God, these simple suggestions will help you focus more easily as you read, remember Scripture better, and most importantly, enjoy the Bible and its Author more than you ever dreamed possible.
Includes Discussion Questions and Reading Suggestions for Small Groups
"This book delivers on what the title promises."Gary Thomas, bestselling author and speaker
"Not only did Keith bring the Word to life for me, but he brought God to life for me again! I will be forever grateful."Nancy Stephens, West Virginia
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Keith Ferrin is an author, speaker, storyteller, and blogger who strives to help people realize that the living Word of God is a realitynot just a phrase. His one-man, dramatic, word-for-word presentations of whole books of the Bible have been seen by thousands. Keith lives with his wife and three children just outside of Seattle, Washington. Learn more at www.keithferrin.com.
Table of Contents
Tip 1 Remember Why You Are Doing This 15
Tip 2 Set Your Expectations Really High 29
Tip 3 Have a Strategy 37
Tip 4 Watch the Whole Movie 51
Tip 5 Learn From Your Shampoo Bottle 63
Tip 6 Raise Your Voice 75
Tip 7 Read Alone 83
Tip 8 Don't Read Alone 93
Tip 9 Go on a 60-Day Adventure 103
Tip 10 Take Two 4-Month Challenges 125
How These 10 Tips Have Changed Everything 137
Appendix A A Small-Group Study of Ephesians 145
Appendix B A Chronological Reading Plan 149
About the Author 156
Let's Connect 157
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I can't wait to apply these tips and begin the journey.
Keith Ferrin shares his plan for changing Bible reading from a must-do into a want-to-do. I will use his tips.
I think everyone has struggled with reading their Bible at one time or another. I know I have. When I do I feel guilty. This is God’s love letter to me, shouldn’t I be enjoying it? What is wrong with me? Even though I know I should be doing it in obedience to Him, I hate finding myself reading “just because I am supposed to.” This book is perfect to overcome those “blah” times in the Word. Ferrin gives 10 helps that will not only make your time in the Scripture more of a pleasure but also more profitable without making it a chore. It is short, well written, plus very easy to read and implement the ideas! The author brings out two very important truths we tend to forget. 1. Bible reading is God talking to me. 2. Prayer is me talking to God. In other words it is you spending time with the most important person in your life (or should be), your Heavenly Father. Bible reading isn’t an item on your to-do list to check off but building a close relationship with the Lord. I was so inspired and encouraged by these ideas! I see how there have been areas I have failed in my quite time. I was present (sort of) with the Lord but not truly a participant. No wonder those times were stale and I seemed to walk away with little. There are study guides, further scriptures to pursue, prayers, Bible reading plans and even challenges! I am so excited to start reading God’s Word with a fresh start! If I ever slip back to my old habits I can just refer back to this book! It is becoming a permanent fixture in my library! This little book is a treasure chest! It is great for new believers, old believers, young and old people alike! I think every Christian should read this! You will be glad you did! I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for this review. 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.”
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. Reading my Bible. As the son of a pastor, been in church all my life, taught young-men's Sunday School, and presently teach the College & Career Sunday morning class, I know the value of reading my Bible. I have read books on Bible reading, heard messages on it, and have purchased Bible study software to help me to better understand the Bible. Yet, I still have the struggle of reading my Bible just like many other Christians I know. Why? I know the value of reading. I know that the Bible is my source of wisdom, love, and strength. I know that Jesus died for me and wrote a love letter to me explaining why. However, I keep coming back to this: I do not find reading the Bible enjoyable. In his new book How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible, Keith Ferrin lays out how he came to enjoy, yes, enjoy reading his Bible. He details his own struggle on Bible reading and what he suggests to do in order to enjoy Bible reading as he does. There is nothing profound in this book and yet I found it so refreshing to read. By keeping it simple and easy to do, Ferrin has primed the pump for anyone who struggles with Bible reading to begin a life of Bible-reading enjoyment. GET THIS BOOK!!! Whether you are new to Bible reading or seasoned, go out and buy a copy. I will not give my reasons why; Ferrin has done that very nicely on his own. Read his book and you will see what I mean.
When I pick up my boys after band, play practice, or 4H, I tend to ask pretty much the same questions on our ride home. Nothing profound, mind you, just, “Who did you see?” and “Anything exciting happen?” kind of questions. It’s not that I really need to know that they practiced Smoke on the Water again or that Lam-bo is being more cooperative about walking with his halter. What I really DO need, however, is to work on relationship with my boys, so asking questions is my way of being present to whatever they want to talk about. According to Keith Ferrin, author of How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible, this is the reason we read the Bible — it’s all about relationship with God, and so begins the first of ten tips for becoming a more consistent and effective student of the Word. The book has come along at just the right time for me, because I have recently heard a respected Bible teacher say that he absorbed much of what he knows about the New Testament by reading it in big chunks — whole books in sitting! That’s fine for Jude or III John, but I’ve wondered how that would work for Hebrews and the Revelation. Keith suggests approaching these longer books by reading for an amount of time every day (e.g. twenty minutes), rather than the usual “a chapter a day keeps the devil away” approach. After all, I hardly ever stop at just one chapter when I’m reading other books, and I certainly don’t watch movies in four minute installments. (That’s how long it takes, on average, to read one chapter of the Bible.) This rhythm of repetition, returning to a passage every day for thirty days or more, is key to cementing the passage in your mind. Keith also recommends reading out loud and holding off on the commentaries and other study tools at first in order to let the Bible speak for itself. Most exciting of all is the suggestion to tackle a book of the Bible with a friend or in a group of fellow-learners, journaling and discussing major themes, favorite verses, and lessons for life along the way. Dawson Trotman said, “Thoughts disentangle themselves passing over the lips or through pencil tips.” Reading and then writing and discussing the truth closes a circle of comprehension, both mentally and spiritually. How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible concludes with several suggested reading plans, so just as soon as I finish my current plan, I’m in! And here’s the math: If I devote 30 days to each book of the New Testament (27 books), I’ll have pondered each book in depth in just over two years. But . . . it’s not about covering ground or getting information or checking something off my list. It’s about keeping a relational mindset, getting to know the Author, and letting His Words transform my words, thoughts, actions, and all my other relationships. This book was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.
HOW TO ENJOY READING YOUR BIBLE By Keith Ferrin Do you feel like you should read the Bible more? This book may help you. Keith Ferrin shares 10 tips that have helped him. He explains each tip, devoting a chapter to each one. His writing is easy to understand and the tips are easy to put in use. At the end of each chapter, he shares a study guide, group questions and scripture to soak in, as he calls it. At the end of the book, a reading plans and a group study are included for you to use. Some of the tips are; set your expectations high, remember why you are doing this (reading the Bible), have a strategy. You need to set up your own method of reading, one that works for you, and will make reading the Bible enjoyable to you. Keith is a speaker, storyteller and author who strives to help people read the Bible and to understand that the Bible is the word of God and important in our lives. These tips may be helpful to you; I hope they are, and that you will get full enjoyment of God's word from your studies. I received this book free from Bethany House for purpose of this review, I was not required to write a positive review, the opinions I have expressed are my own.
10 Great tips to get more from reading your Bible! How To Enjoy Reading Your Bible by Keith Ferrin is full of tips to help you understand and enjoy reading the Bible. Instead of just reading a few verses or a chapter or two a day, he suggests reading it as you would with any other book, reading it straight through. Lets know God and have a relationship with him instead of just trying to learn about him! One of my favorite quotes from this book is.... "After all, isn’t that the point? Isn’t our time in God’s Word primarily about spending time with Him? Being with Him. Knowing Him. Sitting with Him. Learning from Him. Laughing with Him. Hanging out with Him." page 5 He has several tips for different books of the Bible for you to start reading along with family or friends, someone you can discuss it with. I have read through his book, and now I am ready to go back and try out some of his tips. This is an easy to read book, which the author suggests that if you follow his tips you will memorize parts of the Bible without even trying! How cool is that? I am anxious to go back and start with some of his suggested tips for reading the Bible. I will update this review after I have tried some of these tips out and let you know if I have memorized parts without trying. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to get more from reading their Bible. I received an ARC (advanced reader's copy) from Bethany House for my honest review be it good or bad.