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Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bibleby Howard G Hendricks
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The adventure of your life awaits!
With this classic book, recently update and expanded, Howard and Bill Hendricks invite you on one of the greatest adventures of your life—the journey through Scripture. In the Bible you can interact with a living God who wants a personal relationship with you. And no special skills are needed. If you can read, you can glean important insight from Scripture.
Living by the Book will help you engage God’s Word like never before. In simple step-by-step fashion, you’ll learn how to:
Observe. Let Scripture speak to you individually.
Interpret. Develop the tools to properly understand biblical text.
Apply. Learn how to allow Scripture to transform your life.
Start your journey today.
Do you feel guilty about not enjoying personal Bible study? Ever wonder how some people can percolate with enthusiasm over the same passages that leaves you unmoved? Father and son authors Howard and Bill Hendricks believe practicing effective inductive Bible study methods can make the difference. After taking Howard's course at Dallas Theological Seminary, Chuck Swindoll said, "What a difference it would make if all God's people could get hold of the techniques and principles necessary for the cultivation of their own spiritual nourishment."
Father and son authors believe practicing effective, inductive Bible study methods can make the difference in one's Bible study experience. After taking Howard Hendrick's course at Dallas Theological Seminary, Chuck Swindoll said, "What a difference it would make if all God's people could get hold of the techniques and principles necessary for the cultivation of their own spiritual nourishment."
For every person who draws strength and direction from the Bible, there are many more who struggle with it. Some call it a long book with fine print and obscure meaning. Some call it a mystery. A chore to read. An undecipherable puzzle.
The good news is you can easily solve this problem. With over 300,000 sold, this revised and expanded edition of Living by the Book will remove the barriers that keep Scripture from transforming your life. In a simple, step-by-step fashion, the authors explain how to glean truth from Scripture. It is practical, readable, and applicable. By following its easy-to-apply principles, you'll soon find yourself drawing great nourishment from the Word--and enjoying the process! The Living by the Book Workbook is the perfect compliment to provide practical application of lessons.
About the Author
HOWARD HENDRICKS is a household name in Christianity, and in his fifty-plus years of ministry, he has directly or indirectly touched millions of lives. A faculty member since 1951, Dr. Hendricks sees the adult children of former students now attending his classes. Today he still maintains a rigorous travel schedule and has ministered in over eighty countries through speaking engagements, radio, books, tapes, and films. He is also the former Bible teacher and chaplain for the Dallas Cowboys football team.
WILLIAM D. HENDRICKS is president of The Giftedness Center, a Dallas-based consulting firm specializing in organizational design and strategic people management (www.thegiftednesscenter.com). Bill is the author or coauthor of a dozen books, including the classic Your Work Matters to God, Living By the Book, and most recently, The Power of Uniqueness. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Christianity Today and numerous other publications. He is the proud father of three daughters by his late wife, Nancy.
Table of Contents
1. Why People Don't Study the Bible
2. Why Study the Bible?
3. How This Book Can Help
4. An Overview of the Process
STEP 1: OBSERVATION
5. The Value of Observation
6. Let's Start with a Verse
7. You Must Learn to Read Ten Strategies to First-Rate Reading
8. Read Thoughtfully
9. Read Repeatedly
10. Read Patiently
11. Read Selectively
12. Read Prayerfully
13. Read Imaginatively
14. Read Meditatively
15. Read Purposefully
16. Read Acquisitively
17. Read Telescopically
18. Work with a Paragraph
Six Things to Look For
19. Things That Are Emphasized
20. Things That Are Repeated
21. Things That Are Related
22. Things That Are Alike, and Unlike
23. Things That Are True to Life
24. Get the Big Picture
25. Summarize Your Observations
26. "Facts Are Stupid Things Until.. . "
STEP 2: INTERPRETATION
27. The Value of Interpretation
28. Handle with Care!
29. What Type of Literature Is This?Five Keys to Interpretation
35. Coming to Terms
36. Figuring Out the Figurative
37. Putting It All Together
38. Don't Stop Now!
STEP 3: APPLICATION
39. The Value of Application
40. Truth that Transforms
41. A Transformed People
42. Four Steps of Application
43. Customized Christianity
44. Nine Questions to Ask
45. Now and Then
46. The Principle of the Thing
47. A Process of Life-Change
48. Three Suggestions to Get Started
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