HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Christianity in Twelve Words
Editors: Jon Quinn and Warren Berkley
Cover Designer: Philip Shumake
Publisher: Expository Files, 2015
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)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Quinn, Jon, and Berkley, Warren. Christianity in Twelve Words (published in 2015 by Expository Files). My good friends Jon Quinn, with whom I went to college, and Warren Berkley, both faithful gospel preachers, edit Expository Files, a unique electronic magazine that is published monthly with the intent to upload material that places emphasis on the exposition of Scripture. For the last few years, each volume has contained a series of special articles on a specific theme which are then compiled into a book. The first one of the Expository Files Expedition Series came out in 2013 and was entitled People of the Past with Lessons for Today. I wrote the chapter about Nehemiah. The second was The Integrity of the New Testament (2014).
Christianity in Twelve Words is Volume 3 in the series. Let Warren in the Foreword tell how the idea for this book came about. “When driving on long trips, my wife and I have discovered various ways to occupy all that road time. A few years ago, on our way to Arkansas for a meeting, we took the word ‘Christianity’ and after several revisions, came up with a list of fundamental subjects having to do with Christianity, each beginning with a letter from the term. It works out to 12 words. This happens to be the number of issues we publish each year. And this is a good number for book chapters. Beyond that, these are valuable subjects for every Bible student.”
This is basically a devotional book which covers some of the principle topics in the New Testament. The twelve words are Christ, Heaven, Reconciliation, Inspiration, Sound, Trust, Image, Authority, Need, Instruction, Truth, You. Each article was written by a different author. I provided the one on “Authority.” In addition to devotional reading, this volume would be useful for personal study, church or home Bible classes, sermon material, and even homeschooling. The next book of the series, Lo, Your Salvation Comes: An Examination of Messianic Prophecies in the Book of Isaiah, is due out in 2016.