When we desire to have a closer relationship with God, the best way to do so is through the practice of spiritual disciplines. The practice of spiritual disciplines helps us grow in the knowledge of God, his teachings, and how to live life, pleasing in His sight. It is through studying God’s Word that we receive instructions in righteousness that allows us to be transformed by the renewing of minds. (2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 12:2) There is a multitude of resources and tools available to assist us with the understanding of the Scriptures. Sorting through the numerous resources and tools to obtain the basic knowledge of Bible can be a daunting task and disheartening to some who are new to Bible Study.
Christopher D. Hudson has written a plain, user-friendly companion resource book entitled, “Self-Guided Tour of the Bible.” This book is designed to be used with the Bible. As the name implies, it allows one to study at his/her own pace. It is written using real-world scenarios and modern day examples to illustrate different concepts in the Bible. It features maps, timelines, overviews, and charts all full-colored and reproducible for classrooms or small group studies. There are 242 pages. Hudson cleverly uses a museum analogy to feature and highlight the various components of this companion guide. Each chapter acts as an “Exhibit Hall.” Each “Exhibit Hall” provides a description of content featured. For example:
|1||Diving In: Quick Reference of the Bible|
|2||Getting Your Bearings: Basic Bible Geography|
|3||Grasping the Story: A Time Line in Bible History|
|4||Meeting the Characters: A Who’s Who of Bible People (When & Where, Scriptural References, Key facts & Events)|
|5||Exploring the Content: A Breakdown of Bible Books (Who, What, When, Where, and Famous Verses)|
|6||Getting to the Heart of the Bible: Jesus’ Life and Teachings|
|7||Connecting the Dots: Jesus throughout the Bible|
|8||Peeking into the Future: Heaven, Hell, and Eternity|
|9||Summarizing the Message: Major Themes in the Bible
This book serves well as a quick reference guide with multiple maps, charts, overviews, and timelines at your fingertips. It would be great for new theologians beginning the journey of discovery of God’s Word. It is ideal for teaching biblical foundation training and teaching in a small group setting and for individual study. I would definitely recommend this as a resource that should be a part of your arsenal.