I was asked to do a review of Learn to Study the Bible by Andy Deane, and for the past couple of months, I’ve been implementing some of the study techniques so I can give an honest, accurate review.
I’ve never purchased a book on how to study the bible because I thought I knew all of the methods. The major methods include:
- Topical studies
- Character studies
- Word studies
To my surprise, I found that this doesn’t begin to scratch the surface of the different types of studies there are. Yes, there really are 40 different, viable study methods in this book and it doesn’t even count the methods specifically for younger students. (five additional methods)
Here is an excerpt from the book:
It’s been said that the Bible contains the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding, its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable. Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s charter. It is where we learn that paradise is restored, heaven is opened, and the gates of hell are disclosed. Christ is its grand Subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end. It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet. Read it slowly, frequently, and prayerfully. It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure. It is given you in life, will be open at judgment, and be remembered forever. It involves the highest responsibility, rewards the greatest labor, and condemns all who trifle with its holy contents.
Andy’s book goes into great detail and gives a hand-written example of each method. Each method is designed to help you delve deeper into God’s Word; gleaning as much truth and understanding as possible. For me personally, since I’ve employed some of his methods and seen things I haven’t seen before, it has caused me to reevaluate some erroneous beliefs I held. He does not give commentaries so he is not the reason for this reevaluation. It is because I’m looking at the bible more carefully using these methods.
I highly recommend this book. It gets five stars.
Go to Learn to Study the Bible and get your copy.