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Reading the Bible with Heart & Mind (Life and Ministry of Jesus Christ) [Paperback]

Tremper Longman

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simple, practical guide to reading the Bible 16 April 2010
By Jim C. Jimwood - Published on Amazon.com
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What a valuable book. It's short, easy to read, simple, and profound. Read the first half of the book to get a great overview of what the Bible is all about. Read the second half as a handy reference for different genres and sections in the Bible. Are you reading through Isaiah? Pull out his chapter on the prophets to get some reading keys to take with you. Curious about the New Testament letters? Read his section on the epistles before, during, and/or after your Bible reading. In short, Longman's writing is accessible and practical-a trustworthy guide during anyone's reading of the Bible.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent perspective 3 Jun 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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You will love this book. The book was recommended to me as I doubt I would have found it on my own. The title does not convey the wonderful way this explains the Christian faith and how we need to read the Bible with our emotions and logic. The book created in me a strong desire to increase my daily Bible reading time by putting the Bible in perspective.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Guide to Help Anyone Understand God's Word Better! 31 Oct 2013
By David A. Vosseller - Published on Amazon.com
"I have a hard time reading the Bible" is a comment I have heard many times since I became a pastor, probably right up there with the other comment, "I just don't understand the Bible". In 2003, a Gallup survey of Christians found that only "about half of survey respondents (49%) believe the Bible has decisive authority over what they say and do, although only 28% say they regularly study the Bible to find direction in their lives."

While there is no magic solution to these issues Christians struggle with, there are some excellent resources available to help those who understand that the Word of God is the only source of spiritual food for the believer. One resource that I would highly recommend is Reading the Bible With Heart & Mind by Tremper Longman III. This is an excellent tool to help anyone learn more about the Word of God and how to both understand it and apply it to their lives.

Longman starts his first section by discussing "The Bible's Transforming Power". He reminds the reader that Scripture is the primary way that God changes our hearts and minds, and it is the primary way that God shows us what in our lives needs to be changed. "God speaks to us through the Bible. He encounters us in its pages. It is true that He speaks to us in other ways as well but never so clearly and directly as in Scripture." (pp. 39).

Once he establishes how the Bible works in us, his next section, "The Receptive Heart", describes how we should approach the Bible when we turn to it. He describes some wrong approaches or "lenses" that some of us bring to Scripture - "A treasure chest of golden truths", "A grab bag of promises and comforts", "A compilation of riddles and secrets", or "A talisman with magical power". He then describes some of the correct ways to approach God's Word - as the very Word of God, as a guide for living, and with great humility.

The third section, "The Understanding Mind", focuses on how we, as people who are trying to read the Bible, can both build our trust in what it says, and our understanding of what it says! He explains and describes seven principles that will help a reader better understand any Biblical passage's meaning accurately. He finishes this section with a reminder that, "the most important thing to remember as you approach the Bible s to come to it with an openness to hear God speaking directly to your heart. He cares about you and your deepest concerns. Don't allow principles or guidelines to take away the power of your encounter with Him. But do use them as a guide for accurate interpretation."(pp. 94).

His fourth and largest section, "The Literary Cornucopia," which explains how to specifically read and understand the different genres of Scripture - history, law, poetry, wisdom, prophets, gospels, epistles and apocalyptic. By reading these chapters, parts of the Bible that may have seemed impossible to understand before, can now be read with new confidence and clarity. This section alone is worth the price of the book!

Longman concludes with a wonderful exhortation: "The Word of God is rich, complex, challenging and compelling. As long as we live, we will struggle to understand it. But as long as we struggle with it, we will grow....To read the Bible with heart and mind consistently is to enter into a lifelong conversation with god. And this conversation has only one possible result: continued growth and transformation into the image of Jesus Christ." (pp. 228).

If your desire is to "let the word of Christ dwell in you richly..." (Col. 3:16a), then this book is a great tool to help you begin that process in your life!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Guide for Bible Reading 6 Sep 2010
By Dr. Marc Axelrod - Published on Amazon.com
Longman provides a terrific manual for educational and devotional Bible reading. He points out that the Bible is not just history but that God can be encountered as the Bible is read because it reveals His heart and mind. He then gives a survey of the different kinds of books in the Bible and what the main message is and how we can apply it to our lives. This is Longman's best book to date. A great guide through Scripture, including a sane look at the book of Revelation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book 10 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The title of this book says it all. Dr. Longman's personal style makes this book easy enough for the layman and advanced enough to be useful for the more scholarly minded. Read this book and find out how to read the Bible as God created you, a whole person!
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