The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal The Bible’s Biggest Ideas – Book Review

The Good Book

The Good Book by Deron Spoo – Book Review

Suppose you met someone who had never heard of God. How would you introduce that person to Him?

In a world where we are increasingly likely to meet people from all around the world, whether it be in our own back yards or in our own homes via the Internet, that possibility becomes more and more likely.

Many of us have been taught to provide those who want to encounter God with a Bible to read – but Deron Spoo, the author of The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Revel The Bible’s Biggest Ideas makes a compelling case for why that might not be the best approach.

If the Bible intimidates even the most adept readers, imagine how intimidating it would seem to this young woman, a first-time Bible reader. On top of that, the Bible is notoriously easy to misinterpret, especially when lone verses are lifted out of context.

To help people who are interested in learning more about God but who have no God history and no “Christian memory” on which to build, Deron wrote The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal The Bible’s Biggest Ideas.

The Good Book takes 40 chapters from the Bible that covers the Bible’s essential themes – provides the reader with the entirety of the Biblical text – offers relevant insight into the meaning of the chapter – and then adds additional Scripture and thoughts for reflection.

After reading just a portion of this book, I discovered that The Good Book isn’t just for new readers of the Bible, but also has a lot to offer more seasoned readers as well!

For example, the book opens with a look at Genesis 1 – a chapter that many people are familiar with. But, by emphasizing the need for readers to focus on the essentials when studying this passage and not get sidetracked by minor or controversial issues, the author brought out many important points that often get overlooked in discussions and sermons and set a positive tone for the book!

In The Good Book, Deron Spoo does what many authors try to do but often cannot: he writes a book that is informative, inviting, educational and interesting to readers who have never opened a Bible in their lives, to those who are interested in but intimidated by Bible study, and to those who can’t get enough of Scripture!

I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Video – The Good Book Overview

About Deron Spoo

Deron Spoo

Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as “down to earth” and “authentic.” His television devotionals, “First Things First,” reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.


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4 Responses to “The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal The Bible’s Biggest Ideas – Book Review”

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  1. Kelly Santi says:

    Thank you for your wonderful review! I’m always on the look out for great christian themed books – I’ll have to keep an out of for this one!

    Thank you for always sharing JOY! I”ve followed your blog for awhile now and wanted to say thanks! Blessings ♥

  2. This sounds like a very practical book to share as a way to introduce people to the God of the Bible.

  3. Tina at Mommynificent
    Twitter: mommynificent

    Ooh, this sounds like a wonderful book to work through as a small group!!! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on this week! Always a pleasure to have you!

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