Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Family Guide to the Bible by Christin Ditchfield

I wish that A Family Guide to the Bible by Christin Ditchfield had been around years ago! I did not grow up in a Christian home and so was not raised on the stories that many Christians simply take for granted. I attended Bible college soon after becoming a Christian, so I was able to just soak in everything my professors presented and dig into the Scriptures via homework assignments, but I know that many new Christians would love a crash course overview in the layout and content of the Bible. Those who've been Christians a long time would find this book useful as well, if any are like me and can now remember the major characters and their lives but can't always remember where in the Bible these are found!

Christin Ditchfield has created a very user and family friendly book that shares the history of the Bible, the authority of the Bible, the message, a book by book review of both the Old and New Testament, tips on studying the Bible, where to find the most well known stories, maps, and more. All in a very usable paperback format that doesn't seem overwhelming or overly scholarly. It's exactly what it says it is- a family guide.

I really like this book (can you tell?) and know I will be recommending this frequently to church family. It's also a great addition to a Christian homeschool family. We jumped right into I Chronicles this year, via our Sonlight Curriculum, and reading the overview and message of the book is a wonderful way to give us a foundation as we read the passage itself. The book is only 300 pages long and could also be a great addition to a Bible survey course for older students. There are many ways you could use this to enhance your personal, family, and student Bible studies.

A Family Guide to the Bible is available directly from the publisher or at your local bookstore. It retails for $15.99.

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2 comments:

Nikki said...

I will check this out! We have been looking for something new to read during our Family Worship times.

Lori said...

I think it could be a good addition to a Family Worship time, but it's not really a devotional as there isn't life application. It'd be a good jumping off point for a book study or character study though, I think.

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