Thomas Nelson’s 30 Days to Understanding the Bible review – Rating: 8.7

Thomas Nelson's 30 Days to Understanding the Bible_I was asked to be part of a book launch for Max Anders’ new book which is the 30th anniversary expanded edition of “30 Days to Understanding the Bible”.  This book is written very well in sort of a study-type approach with lessons and questions and/or quizzes with some level of repeated exercises to drive home the learning topics.

If I were to categorize this book, I would say it is kind of a Bible guidebook that doesn’t go deep into topics, but rather gives an excellent overview of the entire Bible to help you understand the concepts that are in the Word.

If you are interested in that type of learning approach, this book would be great for you. Also, for anyone that is involved in a new believer’s class, this could be a great resource for that as well.

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I would give this book an 8.7 out of my normal 10 point rating scale.  On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a high 4-star rating.
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QUICK SUMMARY:

30 Days to Understanding the Bible: Unlock the Scriptures in 15 Minutes a Day” is an excellent book to help people that may be struggling with understanding the Bible and what it is all about. Mind you, this book is by no means a tool to make you an expert in all things about the Bible. However, it can be a resource for you to spend around 15 or 20 minutes per day for 30 days and have a very good grasp on the who, what, where and when of the Bible.

I would recommend this book to any newer believer or anyone that may not have a solid foundation in understanding the Bible as long as they are wanting to do a “Bible study” type approach as this book has more of a lesson and quiz/question approach through a large portion.

Those who already have a solid foundation in the Bible may get a few things out of this but not nearly as much as a beginning student of the Scriptures. To be honest, I really think that this really would be a fantastic resource for a New Believer’s class to go through in a group setting that would be more of a classroom-type or Bible study kind of setting. In my mind, that would be an amazing venue for this book for sure in addition as a personal study for any newer believer.

Overall, it is very well written and nicely presents an overview of the Bible. There are many repetition activities throughout this book to drive home some level of memorization of the lessons.

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review and all opinions are my own.
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DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:

Type of Book:  Christian Historical Theology
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Author:  Max Anders
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0785216186
Price: At the time of writing this, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com for $11.99 (suggested retail is $19.99 per the publisher).  Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges and are subject to change at any time.

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216187: 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, 30th Anniversary 30 Days to Understanding the Bible, 30th Anniversary
By Max Anders / Thomas NelsonWhether you’re new to the Bible or want to understand it better, here’s a simple, straightforward resource! Features include the “Arc of Bible History” to help you visualize overarching themes; the “Story of the Bible” summarizing Genesis through Revelation; key characters, events, and places; a 13-week plan for teachers; new illustrations; fan-favorite bonus content; and more. 393 pages, softcover from Nelson.


Physical Characteristics:

  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.4 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound

The Goal of Book:

The goal of the author in writing this book is to help people that may be struggling with understanding the Bible and what it is all about.  Mind you, this book is not a tool to make you an expert in all things about the Bible. However, it can be a resource for you to spend around 15 or 20 minutes per day for 30 days and have a very good grasp on the who, what, where and when of the Bible.

My Favorite Part:

This book has a nice pace to it – especially for people new to getting into their Bibles or those that may not have had a fairly solid background. Very well written.

Recommendation:

I would recommend this book to any newer believer or anyone that may not have a solid foundation in understanding the Bible as long as they are wanting to do a “Bible study” type approach as this book has more of a lesson and quiz/question approach through a large portion. Those who already have a solid foundation in the Bible may get a few things out of this but not nearly as much as a beginning student of the Scriptures. To be honest, I really think that this really would be a fantastic resource for a New Believer’s class to go through in a group setting that would be more of a classroom-type or Bible study kind of setting. In my mind, that would be an amazing venue for this book for sure in addition as a personal study for any newer believer

Contents

Introduction
Section 1: The Story of the Old Testament
1 – The Structure of the Bible
2 – The Geography of the Old Testament
3 – The Historical Books
4 – The Creation Era
5 – The Patriarch Era
6 – The Exodus Era
7 – The Conquest Era
8 – The Judges Era
9 – The Kingdom Era
10 – The Exile Era
11 – The Return Era
12 – The Silence Era
13 – The Poetical Books
14 – The Prophetical Books
Section 2: The Story of the New Testament
15 – The Geography and Structure of the New Testament
16 – The Gospel Era
17 – The Church Era
18 – The Missions Era
19 – The Epistles
Section 3: Ten Great Doctrines of the Bible
20 – Overview of Bible Doctrine
21 – The Doctrine of the Bible
22 – The Doctrine of God
23 – The Doctrine of Christ
24 – The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
25 – The Doctrine of Angels
26 – The Doctrine of Man
27 – The Doctrine of Sin
28 – The Doctrine of Salvation
29 – The Doctrine of the Church
30 – The Doctrine of Future Things
Section 4: NanoSummary of the Bible
Section 5: How to Master the Bible So Well that the Bible Masters You
Section 6: Teaching Plan
Section 7: Bonus Chapters
31 – A Comparison of the Four Gospels
32 – The Parables of Jesus
33 – Miracles in the Bibles
34 – Messianic Prophecies
35 – Passover and the Lord’s Supper
36 – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
37 – Distinctiveness of Christianity
38 – Different Literary Forms in the Bible
Appendix

Company Summary:

In 1798, Thomas Nelson founded his first publishing house in Edinburgh, Scotland, determined to make books, particularly Christian classics, affordable to the common man.  In 1931, Pat and Bernie Zondervan began their publishing journey in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where they began buying and selling books and Bibles.  HarperCollins Publishers acquired Zondervan Publishers in the 1980s and Thomas Nelson in 2012, integrating the two similar, yet uniquely different, publishing groups under one leadership.  Today, the strength of these great names—Thomas Nelson and Zondervan—continue to represent the highest quality in Christian publishing, creating the Company’s foundation.

HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc. is a world leading Christian content provider. Our parent company, HarperCollins Publishers, is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world and is a subsidiary of News Corp. Though the Company formed in 2012, its heritage dates back to the late eighteenth century. Thomas Nelson and Zondervan, two highly sought-after Christian inspirational brands, are the keystone publishing programs.

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