And Now For Something Completely Different – Book Review
Have you ever wanted to gain a better understanding of the Bible, but felt frustrated because most Bible studies and commentaries are either too superficial or too scholarly for your needs?
Matthew Martin – the pastor of The Church Of Christ in Guy, Arkansas – knows where you’re coming from and understands your needs! To address them, he’s writing a series of verse-by-verse commentaries that are theologically rich, but written in terms that lay people can understand.
The first commentary in this series is now available. It’s entitled And Now For Something Completely Different – A Verse By Verse Study Of The Book Of Hebrews.
There are a number of things that I like about this book and its approach to Scripture.
First, I find a verse-by-verse commentary a very useful reference tool to have on hand when reading and studying the Bible. Reading about each verse in detail allows me to gain a better understanding of what the writer is trying to communicate and clears up any questions I have about the passage.
Second, I feel that Matthew succeeds in communicating complex information in a way that lay people can comprehend and enjoy.
The strength of And Now For Something Completely Different – A Verse By Verse Study Of The Book OF Hebrews lies in its approach and in its accessibility of information.
However, there are a few things I would like to see improved in future editions and commentaries:
In the Introduction, Matthew mentions that he consults many external commentaries while researching his book, but intentionally refrains from mentioning them. As a reader, I would like to see a Bibliography as it would lend more credibility to the book and provide insight into the author’s theological leanings.
Also, Matthew writes:
This book was written only for the benefit of any who wish to read another’s opinions (grammatical errors included)…
If you are publishing and selling a book, it is your responsibility to see that your book is properly edited beforehand. Grammatical errors aren’t charming – they detract from the message you are trying to convey.
Regardless, if you are studying the Book of Hebrews – you will find And Now For Something Completely Different – A Verse By Verse Study Of The Book Of Hebrews a worthwhile companion to your studies.
I rate this book 3 out of 5 stars.
About Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin is a 2005 graduate of the Memphis School of Preaching. He began preaching soon after becoming a Christian and after graduating High School, enrolled in MSOP. After graduation he served as the Associate Evangelist for the Forest Hill church of Christ (home of the Memphis School of Preaching) for three years before returning to Arkansas. He preached four years for the Higden church of Christ and now serves as the preacher for the brethren in Guy, Arkansas. He maintains a YouTube page featuring sermons, classes and online studies of various topics and books the Bible. Matthew has authored numerous tracts on a variety of Bible issues and founded and co-organize the Central Arkansas Gospel Crusade, which is a large area-wide Gospel Meeting designed to reach the lost in the Natural State.
For More Information:
- Read An Interview With Matthew Martin.
- Visit Matthew’s Church.
- Connect with Matthew on Facebook.
- Visit Hopkins Publishing.
- And Now For Something Completely Different – A Verse By Verse Study Of The Book Of Hebrews is available on Amazon.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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