HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: People of the Past with Lessons for Today
Authors: Jon W. Quinn and Warren E. Berkley, editors
Publisher: Expository Files, 2012
Related website: www.warrenberkley.com (author)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Suitable for anyone
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Quinn, Jon W., and Berkley, Warren E, editors. People of the Past with Lessons for Today (published in 2012 by Expository Files). My good friend Dee Bowman, who is a gospel preacher living in the Houston, TX, area, wrote the following in 1997. “It behooves us, then, to consider carefully the people of the Bible. Their story is our story, their struggle our struggle. We need to consider how their actions relate to ours, what God is trying to get us to see by citing their example. We need to look at the evil people and try our best not to be like them; we need to take a concerned look at the good people and try as hard as we can to emulate them. It is imperative that we understand that God gave us these examples so that we can know about what attitudes and conduct He approves and what attitudes and conduct He disapproves. Our struggle against evil is assisted considerably when we take a hard look at the people in the Bible.”
People of the Past with Lessons for Today is a volume for Bible study about some people mentioned in the Scriptures who offer significant contributions to our knowledge of how we should respond to God. The thirteen chapters by different authors cover such individuals as Barnabas, Rehoboam, Habakkuk, Epaphroditus, Paul, Dorcas, Nathan, Nehemiah, Justus, Caleb, Philip, John Mark, and Mary Magdalene. I wrote the chapter on Nehemiah. The articles first appeared in Expository Files, a unique electronic magazine that is compiled monthly by editors Jon Quinn and Warren Berkley, with the intent to upload material that places emphasis on the exposition of Scripture. The book, which is the first of the new Expository Files Expedition Series, would be suitable for personal study, devotional reading, Bible classes, and even homeschooling.