I’m always eager to find books and reading plans to help encourage people in reading their Bibles. I also find it interesting when done chronologically, as it helps to see the flow of how things happened (though scholars disagree on the order). This book by Ron Rhodes is to be used in conjunction with reading the New Testament in chronological order.
It starts off in the Introduction giving the background and reliability of the New Testament books and challenges to developing a chronological order. Then it jumps into the reading plan for reading through the New Testament in 90 days. This book can be used as a devotional supplement to one’s reading plan.
Each day (chapter) gives the passages to read. It includes an introduction to one of the Bible books (author, date, facts about the book). Then an overview of the reading is given along with the big ideas. Insights for some of the more difficult verses are given as well. Also included with that day’s reading are cross-references for further digging and the major themes of the passages for that day. Application is brought out (called Life Lessons), along with questions for reflection and discussion. This allows for the book to be used with a small group that is reading through the New Testament together. Verses to remember are included and could be used for memorization.
I thought this was an excellent resource and supplement to use with one’s Bible reading. Sometimes trying to read the Bible can seem overwhelming, but this provides some insights and application to help one break it down. Having a goal of 90 days to read through the New Testament keeps one on track. I would definitely recommend this book to help with reading through the New Testament.
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher Harvest House in exchange for my review.