HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: How to Study the Bible
Author: Michael J. Davis
Publisher: Gospel Armory Publishing, 2017
Related website(s): http://www.GospelArmory.com
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Davis, Michael J. How to Study the Bible (published in 2017 by Gospel Armory Publishing, Bowling Green, KY). The Bible is definitely the most popular book ever printed because each year more copies of it are sold than any other book. For believers, it is also the most important book ever written because we accept it as God’s word. However, a person can benefit from the Bible only through studying it. The blurb on the back cover of Michael J. Davis’s How to Study the Bible says, “Studying the Bible is the most rewarding effort any soul will ever perform. Yet we must choose to take the time and effort necessary to engage in profitable study. This material has been written to encourage each one of us to be a diligent student of the Bible so that we might gain the most from it.”
After an opening chapter on “Using the Proper Tools,” there are subsequent chapters dealing with such questions as where do I start, how do I study, what about the externals, and how deep do I plow, with a final chapter about “Restudying the Studied.” Each lesson has follow-up exercises. Throughout the book, the author keeps emphasizing that his intention is not to set forth any new and innovative methods of study but simply to encourage the kind of study that works. It can be used for a Bible class, personal devotion, small group discussion, or even as part of a homeschool curriculum for Bible study. There is a lot of useful information in this little volume.