Thursday, January 29, 2015
Book Review of The Bible Study Handbook by Lindsay Olesberg
The Bible Study Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to An Essential Practice
by Lindsay Olesberg
Reviewed by Clint Walker
The Bible Study Handbook is a book with a simple title that packs a powerful punch. Whether it is being used by a person seeking education and teaching in how to lead a Bible study, or a person who is seeking to study the Bible better for themselves, Lindsay Olesberg provides a book that is easily readable, inspiring, and sure to help the reader to grow both in their passion for the Lord's Word and their ability to handle it well.
The book is divided into three parts. The first section provides "foundations". This is designed to communicate more of the "why" of inductive Bible Study, but I found that this section had some very practical guidelines.
The next section, "Building Blocks", highlights attitudes and values that are essential to bring to studying and teaching the Word if you are going to get the most out of it. This is excellent too, and points a person seeking to become a real student of the Word in the right direction.
The final section is called "tool box". The title of that section is self-explanitory. It gives practical helps to guiding others through inductive Bible study, and getting more out of that study oneself.
The appendices also provide good, brief guidelines for Bible teachers, and to a lesser extent Bible students.
I would recommend this book to pastors, christian educators, and all with a passion for going deeper in the word
provided by IVP in exchange for an honest review.