If you want to understand the Bible within it's cultural context (exegesis) and how to apply it to your life (hermeneutics) - [yeah, glad I finally understand those 2 words :P] without going to bible school/college, this is the book for you. Easy to ride, and says a lot in a modest number of pages. It's a good guide that highlights key principles which based on the explanation, you for yourself can decide what you can take or leave. There were a few things I didn't fully agree with in the content, but for the most part, the rationale was acceptable. There were loads of references and suggested readings which I think may be helpful at some other time. But I think it's really good as a reference book all on it's own. And yes, if you do decide to go on to bible college, you can keep it handy as a student of English might keep a thesauraus.