Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps and Time Lines – 10th Anniversary Edition Review – Rating: 9.4

As you may know, I really do like a good resource that helps to put the Word of God into perspective and give me a new appreciation for Him.  I’ve been curious about some of Rose Publishing’s charts and they have graciously given me the privilege of doing a review of their Rose Book of Bible Charts, Maps and Time Lines.
This is based off of a PDF version of their 10th Anniversary Edition that I received from Rose Publishing for the purposes of doing this review.  Since this is a PDF that I’m reviewing, unfortunately, I cannot give an honest review of the quality of the printing and binding of this item.  So, this review will be based off of the digital content only.
 If I get my hands on a physical copy, I will then do an updated review an include information of how well it is made and how it physically looks.
In full disclosure, I was not required or requested by Rose Publishing to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s
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 QUICK SUMMARY:

**See all sections below for full detailed review**

I was very interested in getting my hands on this reference book  I have to admit that I was very pleased to find how many helpful charts, graphics, maps, etc. there were in this book.  Rose also allows you to make copies (up to 300 copies, but see their website for full details) for use in your church/classroom.  If you are looking for a reference book to help you with your Biblical understanding or some study helps, this one would be at the top of the list in my opinion.  The only downside in my opinion is that some of the drawings seem like they could have been a little more mature and less “younger generation oriented”.  Other than that, definite thumbs up in my book.
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DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK

Type of Book: Reference
Publisher: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 1-59636-022-4
Price: At the time of writing this, you can get this book new from Amazon.com for $16.98 (suggested retail is $29.99 per the publisher)  http://www.amazon.com/Rose-Book-Bible-Charts-Lines/dp/1596360224/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439450936&sr=8-1&keywords=1596360224

Physical Characteristics:
Note: This physical characteristics section is per the publisher’s website – I cannot confirm since I’m reviewing a PDF of the book
  • Spiral Bound – this will help the book to lay flat so photocopies can be made.  With the purchase of this book, the publisher allows for up to 300 copies per original document for a single church.
  • Dimensions: 11 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ x 1″ with two fold out charts (Bible Time Line and Jesus’ Genealogy) that are 24″ wide.
  • Approximate weight: unknown
  • Number of Pages: 230

Below are some pictures that were sent to me from Rose Publishing.  These are not very high quality, but at least give you a general idea on how the layout is done on some of the charts and sections.

 

 

 NOTE: Due to the fact that there are so many sections to review, I put the section detail (Content of this Reference Book) toward the end of this review.  This will let you easily get to the summary information and if you wish to dive deeper into the details, you can scroll down and do so.

Typeface and Print:

I would say that the ease of reading this was very good.  Although without the printed copy in hand (vs. a PDF file), I can’t say for sure if the type is easy to read from a size perspective. However from a layout perspective, it is very nicely done.
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MY REACTIONS:

OK, this is the part where I get to tell you about how I like or dislike this book in a detailed manner.

MY OVERVIEW OF ENTIRE BOOK:

Ease of Use:

This reference book is very easy to use and has such a wealth of information in it to help you in your Bible studying and Christian walk.

Study Tools Helpful & Informative:

Well… .The whole thing is a study tool.  Yes it is very helpful and informative.  I would say that at any given time in your studying of the Word of God, you would be able to find something of use in here.

Does Commentary Convey Biblical Truth:

From what I have looked at in the extra Biblical comments, it does seem to have a pretty solid foundation.

Durability of Book:

I cannot speak to this as I did not receive a physical copy.  Not sure if you can say a digital PDF is either “durable” or not. lol
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MY CHRISTIAN REVIEWER RATINGS:

Below, we have the overall ratings that I would give to this particular book with a 1 to 10 range.

Quality:  n/a  – Typically when I rate Bibles and books, this Quality section is based on the physical quality and/or durability of the physical copy.  Since I cannot attest to this due to reviewing a PDF file, I am actually going to leave this one as “n/a” or Not Applicable.  Once I end up with a hard copy in my hands, I will update this rating accordingly.  For now, I will not factor it into my overall final rating.
Appearance: 8.9 Overall, this is done very nicely.  There are only two observations that would potentially factor negatively in my mind.  First, some of the drawings are a little on the younger-audience or cartoonish side.  Mind you, not all of them – but enough for me to notice and comment on.  If you are using the items that have this for a younger generation, then not a problem at all.  If for an older generation, then I will leave it up to you to decide on your own.  The other comment has to do with layout consistency.  With my printing background, I notice that the color schemes and layouts don’t have a common feel to them.  It’s like Rose had a bunch of their different charts and they put them all into one book.  Again, the information is wonderful.  I just noticed that it felt a little more pieced together for my taste.  Most people would not be affected by this, so I am not going to reduce my rating for this reason.
Value: 9.4 I wish I had the physical copy of this book so I could more accurately represent this rating.  So, with that said, I am going to base this strictly on content and not physical properties.  As for the content alone, I would rate this very high as there is a plethora (my 50 cent word for the day) of wonderful charts, diagrams, maps, etc including with this book.  .
Innovation: 9.7  – The full-color pages make this resource very easy to use.  Like in other reviews, you know me… give me color.  🙂   The concept of the Then and Now maps are really nice – I can’t speak to if they are a physical overlay (clear page that lays over the top of another map) or not, which would be a huge benefit to me.
Other/Wildcard: 9.5 The fact that Rose Publishing allows you to make copies of these for church use in my mind really shoots up the rating for me on this.  It can be a great resource for any church, small group, classroom, etc.  .

Overall Rating: 9.4 out of 10

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Company Summary:

From the publisher’s website:  Rose Bible Reference resources help believers to love God by deepening their understanding of who God is.  Packed with charts, timelines, and simple summaries, Rose products are designed to make the Bible and its teachings easy to understand. Our prayer is that as readers continue to dive into the Word of God their love for the Lord will deepen as they gain understanding.  Rose Publishing is based in Torrance, CA.

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FULL CONTENT REVIEW:

CONTENT OF THIS REFERENCE BOOK:

In this section, I will list out each of the different chart sections along with my comments for each.  It’s a lot to read, but if you are interested in specific sections, you can look at whatever piques your interest.

Foldout Section

There are two foldouts that come with this reference book. I can’t personally attest to the size or physical quality of them; however the contents of them are very nice.

     – Bible Time Line
 I really like this time line. It is laid out very nicely and gives a clear point of reference to world history with Biblical history showing where they meet at different points.  This can really help us to understand some of the cultural points when studying Scripture.
     – Tabernacle Cutaway
 This has a very nice recreation of the tabernacle and gives some nice background as to what the Tabernacle was.
Bible Overview Section Introduction Page (page 5)

Bible Overview (pages 6-17)

 This portion is a group of charts that give a really nice breakdown of the Bible and each book.  It provides the breakdown into the sections such as the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Poetry & Wisdom, Major Prophets, Minor Prophets, Gospels & Acts, Paul’s Epistles and General Epistles & Revelation.
How We Got the Bible (pages 18-27)
 This portion has a nice graphic “bookshelf” of the different books and what sections they belong to. Then it goes through giving a very well done explanation on how we have our Bibles that are currently used today.  It also has a section on the different Bible translations including what year(s) they were created, what type of translation method was used and a description of each.
100 Key People in the Bible (pages 28-30)
 A quick summary of 100 key people and what they did that played a key role in the Bible
100 Prayers in the Bible (pages 31-33)
 This lists off the specific prayers mentioned in the Bible including who prayed it, what the subject was and the scripture references.
(Updated for 10th Edition) Weights, Measures and Money in the Bible (pages 34-35)
 Typical tables many of us have seen giving the Bible description as well as the American/British equivalent as well as metric equivalent.
Names of God (pages 36-39)
 This lists off the many Names of God given in scripture and even breaks down Jesus and the Holy Spirit related to the Names of God.
(New in 10th Edition) 52 Key Bible Stories (pages 40-47)
 I have to admit that I really liked this section.  For someone to get a very quick overview of what the Bible is about (albeit at a very high level), this is an amazing tool.  It is laid out very nicely and gives quick summary and main points to each of the 52 key Bible stories.
 100 Proofs for the Bible – archaeology (pages 48-59)
 This is actually very amazing.  They list out 100 different archaeological discoveries (some very recent) and give some insight as to how it helps prove scriptures.  This section is done very nicely.  It has three columns:
  1.  Archaeological Find (lists what the discovery is)
  2.  Description of the Find (gives a description of the discovery)
  3.  Importance of the Find (gives a connection to actual scriptures that relate to this discovery)
 As an example, Archaeological Find #67 on page 56 is the Pool of Siloam.  Here are the contents of what is in the three columns for this discovery:
  1.  Archaeological Find:  In 2005, archaeologists unearthed the steps of the Pool of Siloam (picture provided in the 2nd column) where Jesus sent a blind man to be healed as recorded in John 9
  2.  Description of the Find: they have a nice full color picture of the unearthed steps to the pool.
  3.  Importance of the Find: Some scholars had denied that the Pool of Siloam existed in Jesus’ day because the traditional location for the pool dates back only to the 5th century AD.  However, the recently discovered Pool of Siloam, less than 200 yards from the traditional location, dates back to the 1st century BC and was used during Jesus’ time.
 Christian History Time Line (pages 60-72)
 This gives a very nice summary “time line” as to the history of Christianity starting with the birth of Jesus, and then continues in nice detail all the way to 2004 referencing the Passion of the Christ movie.

Old Testament (page 73)

100 Old Testament Events (pages 74-76)
 This section gives a quick summary statement of the top 100 events in the Old Testament from “Creation of all things” in Genesis 1 to Rebuilding of the Jerusalem walls in Nehemiah 2 and 6.
Creation (page 77)
 This page, I wasn’t overly impressed with.  Don’t get me wrong – it’s fine, just not impressive.  The artwork is a little reminiscent of a children’s book and the explanation is simplistic.  Excellent handout for a younger generation class, but a little immature for an older generation in my opinion.
Noah’s Ark (pages 78-80)
 Again, this one has the children’s book artwork included, but I really did like the fact that it gave the dimensions of the ark in modern measurements (feet and meters).  Also, it gives a separate small portion for each of the sections of time related to
Noah such as how it took Noah 100 to 120 years to build the ark then gives a breakdown of God sealing the ark after 7 days of loading it up, 40 days of the actual flood, 110 days of water covering the entire earth, etc.  Very nicely done.
(New in 10th Edition) Twelve Tribes of Israel (pages 80-87)
 There is too much for me to go into details here, but suffice it to say that if you ever wan to do a study on the twelve tribes of Israel, this portion is done very nicely!  I especially like the detailed section on pages 83 to 87 related to each tribe.  These
5 pages give the name of the tribe, the meaning, the symbol, the stone/color, the family, the size of the tribe, the location of the tribe, Jacob’s blessing on the tribe, Moses’ blessing on the tribe and also a Notable section of some key points about the tribe.
The Exodus (pages 88-89)
 On page 88, again, the inset artwork (icons) depicting the 23 major events of the Exodus (Exodus 12 through Joshua 7) are a little cartoonish.  However, with that said, it does do a very nice job showing roughly where each event happened and ties it nicely to the map of the area.  Well done other than the artwork insets. Then on page 89, there is a Time Line of the Exodus.  I really like how they did this.  It lays out the events very nicely.  Also has a Key People section with a summary paragraph for each.  It includes Moses, Aaron, Pharaoh, Miriam and Joshua, son of Nun.
Tabernacle (pages 90-97)
 Ok, on this one, I have to admit that I’m impressed.  I really like how they did this section.  It lays out the tabernacle in a way that really makes all those descriptions in the Bible really come to life.  They also give an excellent key/legend to the drawing that gives a description of each of the 16 points to the tabernacle as well as scripture references.  They also show where the tribes were located in relation to the tabernacle, the garments of the High Priest, and the different sacrifices that were done.  Again, very nicely done.
Ark of the Covenant (pages 99-100)
 Gives a summary of what the Ark is and 22 major events related to the Ark of the Covenant. Pretty nicely done, but if they would have done a map showing the movements of where they took the Ark, I would love to see that added.  Just my simple opinion though.
The Ten Commandments (page 100)
 I like how they did this page.  They grouped the commandments into two major sections – Respect for Good and Respect for People.  Then they broke each commandment into three columns
  1.  Commandment (what the commandment is)
  2.  Bible Example (gives a Biblical example referencing the commandment)
  3.  Modern Example (gives an example of how we can obey each commandment.
The Judges (page 101)
 This page is fairly basic, but a nice summary of the different judges from Othniel to Samson.  It includes who the judge was, a description of the judge and how many years they judged.
Feasts of the Bible (pages 102-106)
 They did a nice job on the Feasts in this section.  It’s not in massively great depth, but still very nicely done.  It lists out the Feast (Holiday), the Date Observed, the Scripture Basis and General Information for each of the feasts.  Also, they have a really nice section related to the feasts showing how they relate to or depict Jesus as the savior.  Also a portion of Fascinating Facts for each of the feasts is included. I really like this section.  Also on page 106, they have Feasts and Holidays Calendar which show the Gregorian (our calendar of today) calendar for 2015 through 2022 and what dates each of the Feasts/Holidays take place.
Kings and Prophets (pages 107-111)
 If you are doing any studies on the prophets or kings of Israel, this section is a huge help.  It is done in three subsections:
  1.  Prophets – with who the prophet is, who they prophesied to, what their estimated dates were and where their home or location was.
  2.  Kings – this is divided into the United Kingdom, The Northern Divided Kingdom and the Southern Divided Kingdom and gives the name of the king, their evaluation (good or bad), their years of reign, how they died and then the scripture reference for each of them.
  3.  Kings & Prophets timeline – I think this is my favorite portion because it very nicely lays out when the kings ruled and which prophets were around during their reign to give some influence to the different kings.  I did a short study on Josiah a year or so ago and seeing the relation of Josiah to Zephaniah was personally nice for me.
Solomon’s Temple (pages 112-115)
 This section is one of the “Then and Now” sections.  It provides a nice visual to what the temple could have looked like and with 12 different points in the temple called out specifically.  Each of these points has a “Then and Now” portion to it such as the Holy Place:
  •  Then: Only priests were allowed to enter the Holy Place. They did this daily.
  •  Now: Believers in Jesus have been made holy through Jesus’ sacrifice and can go directly to God (Ex 29-30; Heb 9-10)
 Then there is a page devoted to Jesus and his interaction at or with the temple.
(New in 10th Edition) Psalm 23 (pages 116-117)
 This section breaks down Psalm 23 and gives the scripture reference, the shepherd’s care of sheep and then how it applies to us today – relating us to sheep how we depend on God’s care and provision.  The next page then goes in and talks more about imagery of shepherds in the Old and New Testaments and compares the shepherd’s duties to the actions of Jesus.  Very nicely done.
Statue in the Book of Daniel (pages 118-124)
 Too much detail to go into this one, but it does a nice job giving Historical and Bible Background as well as timelines, maps and an explanation of each portion of the statue as well as the visions in Daniel 7.  Nicely done.

New Testament (page 125)

(New in 10th Edition) Genealogy of Jesus (and foldout) (pages 126-128)
 If you have ever wanted to do a study on the genealogy of Jesus, this 24″ foldout would be an amazing help.  It is laid out very clearly showing the “family tree” and a “guide” or “path” highlighting the lineage of Jesus all the way back to Adam.  I’m very impressed with this section.
100 Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus (pages 129-134)
 This is an amazing section the clearly shows all of the prophecies that the Old Testament had regarding the Messiah and how Jesus fulfilled each of them.  It covers prophecies related to Jesus’ Birth, His Life and Ministry, His Death and Resurrection, His Titles and Attributes.  Each of these has a column for what the prophecy was, where it is in the Old Testament and how the New Testament shows that Jesus fulfilled these prophecies.  It then has a page describing the major events in the life of Jesus and Scripture references to each event throughout the different Gospel books.
Miracles of Jesus (page 136)
 This section is broken into a portion for Healing miracles, Power over Nature miracles, and Raising the Dead miracles.  It lists the different miracles and then Scripture references to each miracle throughout the different Gospel books.
Parables of Jesus (page 137)
 This section lists the different parables that Jesus gave and then gives the Scripture references to each parable throughout the three different Gospel books (Matthew, Mark and Luke).
The Beatitudes (page 138)
 This page lists out the Beatitudes and gives a nice breakdown of the key word in each of them and what the meaning of each word is and how it relates to us as believers.  Nicely done.
The Twelve Disciples (pages 139-144)
 This section is laid out very nicely and does a great job giving a good background for each of the twelve disciples including Other Names that some may have had, General Information about each, their Personality and Character, each of their Encounters with Jesus, Key Lessons from their lives as well as Stories that give some additional background.  Then there is a page listing off Other Disciples in the New Testament broken into Other Followers of Jesus, Apostles Evangelists and Teachers and then Important Leaders.
(New in 10th Edition) The Lord’s Prayer (page 145)
 This page breaks down the Lord’s Prayer and shows how each section relates to an attribute of God, as well as the meaning behind it.  Done very well.
Herod’s Temple (pages 146-149)
 This section has a drawing and diagram of Herod’s temple that was interpreted by an artist.  It includes cutaway views and an aerial view.  It is done very nicely.
Palm Sunday to Easter (pages 150-151)
 An aerial view of an artist’s rendition of Jerusalem as it roughly was laid out at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion.  It points out key areas that are mentioned in Scripture to give you an overview of what happened between Palm Sunday and the Resurrection.
Jesus’ Hours on the Cross (page 152)
 I have one caveat for this one – I really like how it is laid out, but (as the publisher correctly points out clearly if you read the content) it should be looked at as sequential events since we don’t have specific times mentioned in Scripture for all of these events.  We do now that it was “the third hour” when they crucified Jesus (Mark 15:25) and at “the sixth hour, darkness came over the whole land until the 9th hour” (Mark 15:33).  Overall, though, it gives a very nicely laid out sequence of the events that is very easy to follow.
Evidence for the Resurrection (pages 153-154)
 This section has two pages that give 5 skeptic’s objections to the resurrection and then 4 skeptic’s theories regarding the resurrection.  It gives some nice examples to help refute some criticism that could possibly come from skeptics that you might encounter.
100 Events from Acts to Revelation (pages 155-157)
 This is a great reference chart that gives you 100 of the main events that happen in the New Testament (not including the Gospels though).  Just a simple description of the event, but also includes the Scripture references as to where this event is recalled in the Word of God.  I really like this one.
Armor of God (page 158)
 This one is pretty good, however, as I have mentioned for previous sections, some of the artwork is almost childish or cartoonish.  Again, not saying it’s bad – just seems to be geared toward a younger audience.  For me personally, the picture of the Roman soldier that was drawn could have been replaced by an actual picture of someone dressed in the costume of a Roman soldier.  It does however, call out all the pieces mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-18 and gives a description for each piece and how it relates to our faith in God.
The Love Chapter: 1 Corinthians 13 (page 159)
 This section nicely breaks down 1 Corinthians chapter 13, which many call the Love Chapter.  This chapter lists off the different qualities of what love really is.  This particular section in the book does a nice job of listing 16 qualities of love as described in this chapter of Scripture.  It also gives examples of how to love related to each of these qualities and also some supporting Scripture for each quality besides what is found in 1 Cor 13.
Fruit of the Spirit (pages 160-161)
 These pages break down the 9 fruits of the Sprit that are found in Galatians 5:22-23.  It lists the fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) and then gives a definition as well as a description of what that fruit means.  They also give the Greek word used with a phonetic pronunciation key and also some additional Scriptures that support or give further examples of each fruit.  On the second page, it gives specific Scripture examples where Jesus exemplified each of these 9 fruits of the Spirit.  Then, as a contrast, it also shows examples of bad fruit found in Galatians 5:19-21 and Colossians 3:5-9.
(New in 10th Edition) Heroes of the Faith: Hebrews 11 (page 162)
 I really like this chart – it’s nice and basic in layout, but gives a great list of people (found in Hebrews 11:4-40) that enacted on their faith in God.  It gives where in Hebrews 11 each of these 15 people are found including additional Old Testament references where you can read about these heroes of the faith.
The Seven Churches of Revelation (pages 163-165)
 This section is very interesting as it gives a map showing where these cities were located, then it gives a breakdown of all seven cities including where in Revelation it is referenced, what Scripture says are its strengths, faults, instruction and promise.  On the third page, it goes into a nice bit of background information regarding each of the seven cities.  Nicely done.
Four Views of the End Times (pages 166-169)
 This is a very interesting chart that gives a description, seeming supporting Scriptures, popularity of each of the four viewpoints to the end times.  It also includes a very helpful time line showing what each of these viewpoints believes.  It covers Historical Premillennialism, Dispensational Premillenialism, Amillenialism and Postmillennialism.  On the second page, it gives a chart of 9 questions showing what each of these four viewpoints believe so you can easily compare them next to each other.   The last page has a very nice glossary of some common words or terms used in the end times Scriptures.
Biblical Descriptions of Heaven and Hell (page 170)
 This page gives 19 Scripture references that describe heaven and then 16 Scriptural references that describe hell

Maps (page 171)

NOTE: Since I only have the PDF version, I cannot speak directly to this with 100% accuracy, but I believe that the Now portion of “Then and Now” maps are actually overlays that lay out the modern day borders and cities.
Middle East and Central Asia: 10-40 Window (pages 172-173)
 Just to help some people understand the map terminology – “10-40 Window” means that it is a map that shows a section of the world between 10 degrees and 40 degrees north of the equator.  It covers the Middle East, North Africa and Central and Southeast Asia. This particular 2-page map is of current day Middle East and Central Asia.
Middle East: Then and Now (pages 174-175)
 Zoomed in further than the 10-40 Window map, this one shows the Then and Now of the Middle East. Very handy tool for people trying to help put Scripture into perspective by looking at modern day news, maps, Google Earth and many other tools.
Holy Land: Then and Now (pages 176-177)
 One really nice feature of this Then and Now map is how they color coded the 12 tribes showing roughly where they lived.
Holy Land: United Kingdom (page 178)
 This one also shows the 12 tribes, but also gives the outlines showing the different lines of the kingdoms of Saul, David and Solomon.
Holy Land: Divided Kingdom (page 179)
 Gives a nice visual (still showing the 12 tribes) of the kingdom when it was divided in two.
Assyrian Empire (pages 180-181)
 This one shows a nice 4 map progression of the Assyrian empire through the reign of different Assyrian kings.
Babylonian and Persian Empires (page 182)
 Two maps showing the Babylonian kingdom, Persian kingdom and the Arabian Desert.
Middle East: Fascinating Facts and Figures (page 183)
 This page gives 15 different facts related to the Middle East.  Not to be too cliché, but they really are fascinating in my opinion.  For example, it explains about Ur where Abraham lived and describes where you can find the ruins of Ur today.
Where Jesus Walked: Then and Now (pages 184-185)
 The “Then” portion shows major points where Jesus walked and includes a layout of Jerusalem and the main locations there.  The “Now” portion does the normal “overlay” showing modern day borders and cities.
World of the First Christians: Then and Now (pages 186-187)
 This nicely lays out the cities mentioned in Scripture where the first Christians were located or events in the early church happened.  It is a very handy tool – especially with the “Now” overlay showing the modern borders and cities.
Paul’s Journeys (pages 188-190)
 I really like how they did this.  Not only do you get the maps of Paul’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Journeys, but also gives a map of his Journey to Rome.  Then on the last page, it gives a listing of the locations on each of these journeys and includes locations of his early travels and travels prior to his death.  Very nicely done.  Plus a handy memory tool to be able to remember where his journeys took place.

Christianity, Cults and Religions (page 191)

(Updated for 10th Edition) Christianity, Cults and Religions (pages 192-199)
 This one is very nicely done.  It devotes a whole page to the Christian faith and breaks out Biblical Christianity by listing out the Key Person/Founder/Date/Location, Key Writings, Who is God, Who is Jesus, Who is the Holy Spirit, How to be Saved, What Happens after Death and then Other Facts/Beliefs/Practices.  It then goes on in the next pages to give summaries of these listings for the following:  Jehovah’s Witnesses (Watchtower Bible & Tract Society), Mormonism (Latter-day Saints), Seventh-day Adventism, Unification Church, Christian Science, Unity School of Christianity, New Age, Wicca, Scientology, Islam, (A comparison of Sunni and Shi’ a Islam), Nation of Islam, Baha’ i Faith, Judaism, Kabbalah Centre, Hinduism, Hare Krishna (ISKCON), Transcendental Meditation (TM), Sikhism, Buddhism and Soka Gakkai International.  Very nice way to get quick summary comparisons of Christianity vs. other religions and cults.
Denominations Comparison (pages 200-206)
 Similar to the Christianity, Cults and Religions, this Denominations sections does a nice job giving a quick summary of the different denominations based on the following characteristics for each denomination:  Founder/Date, Adherents (followers), Scripture, God, Jesus, Salvation, Afterlife, the Church, Sacraments, Other Beliefs/Practices and Divisions and Trends.  It does a nice side-by-side comparison of the following denominations: Catholic Church, Orthodox Churches, Lutheran Churches, Anglican Churches, Presbyterian Churches, Methodist Churches, Anabaptist Churches, Congregational Churches, Baptist Churches, Churches of Christ, Pentecostal Churches, and then gives a smaller listing of some slightly smaller denominations.  Then, on the last page, it has a timeline for many of these denominations and their roots which is nicely done.
(New in 10th Edition) Essential Doctrines (pages 207-212)
 WOW!  How do I summarize this one?  Honestly, this one is probably my favorite sections as it nails down so much about God, how He loves us and what he has done for us.  It goes over 14 different salvation doctrines giving an Explanation, What do I actually need to believe, What’s at Stake here, and Scripture references for them.  It covers the Unity of God, the Trinity of God, Human Depravity, Christ’s Virgin Birth, Sinlessness of Christ, Christ’s Deity, Christ’s Humanity, the need of God’s Grace, the Necessity of Faith, the Atoning Death of Christ, Christ’s Bodily Resurrection, Christ’s Bodily Ascension, Christ’s Intercession and His Second Coming.  Also has the Inspiration of Scripture and Method of Interpretation.  There is also a section that lists out 4 of the groups in the “Christianity, Cults and Religions” section showing how these four groups treat the 14 essential salvation doctrines.  Interestingly, it shows that all 4 of these deny Christ’s Deity (that Jesus was and is God).
The Trinity (pages 213-217)
OK, just when I thought I had a favorite, this has to be right up there with it.  This one has 5 pages of wonderful information that points you to the fact that we serve a God that is three yet one.  The publisher added a diagram showing how this works which is done in a way that makes it easy to understand.  This section also gives a multitude of Scripture references that show the following: There is only one God, The Father is God, The Son is God and The Holy Spirit is God.  It continues by refuting six different misunderstandings about the Trinity.  It also goes into some of the different creeds written by early Christian theologians.  Overall, this section is very well done.
(Updated for 10th Edition) Islam and Christianity (pages 218-223)
This is a very interesting and well done update.   It lists out comparisons of Christianity and Muslim beliefs and what the misunderstanding are along with correcting those misunderstandings.  This section covers the following topics: Religious  History, Who is God, Holy Scriptures, Prophets, Practices and Rituals, Salvation and Paradise, Role of Women and Religion and Culture.  Then it has a page with some very good information related to the “Do’s and Don’ts of reaching out to Muslims” which can be very helpful if you are interacting with any Muslim people.  The last page in this section has a Glossary of Islamic and Arabic Terms which could be very helpful for you regarding any Muslim interactions as well.
Map Index (pages 224-225)
 Nothing fancy here – just a handy tool to know what pages in this book to look for regarding map locations throughout the book.
Subject Index (pages 226-229)
Similar to the map index, this one gives you the subjects mentioned throughout the book.  It’s a pretty typical, yet handy tool.
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 – Michael
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