I’ve recently been reading a new book I picked up at my parents’ house while visiting for Thanksgiving and thought I would share it with you all.
“The Bare Bones Bible Handbook,” by Jim George, is an excellent overview of all 66 books of the Bible. Each book is broken up into miniature sections George for which provides a synopsis and he also provides valuable historical information, such as authorship, dates, and locations.
There are even profiles on various biblical characters, key takeaways for each book, and ideas on how to apply the lessons from the Bible in your own life. “Bare Bones” is easy to read, navigate, and read alongside your Bible. It’s a book I’ll definitely want to keep around and reread from time to time.
If there’s a better synopsis of the Bible out there, I’m not aware of it. George does an excellent job at getting to the heart of each book in a way that is succinct and comprehensive. I would highly recommend getting a copy to read through to familiarize yourself with the most important book ever written: God’s Word.
Of course, I’m not recommending this book as a replacement for regular Bible reading, but I believe it to be a powerful tool. If you’re like me, you can easily lose sight of the bigger picture of the biblical text. I often find myself getting lost in the weeds of theological arguments and theories and forget to keep it simple. “Bare Bones” can help you get back to basics.
I can see this book being essential reading for any Sunday School teacher, pastor, or any other church member looking to refresh themselves on the Bible. I know it has certainly helped me. If you’re interested in learning more about the Bible as a comprehensive piece of literature, do yourself a favor and grab a copy of “The Bare Bones Bible Handbook” by Jim George.
You can purchase this book on Amazon here.