Rediscovering the Books of God

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Greg Fay Ph.D.

List Price: $9.95
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm)
Black & White on White paper
366 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1484138434 
ISBN-10: 1484138430
BISAC: Religion / Biblical Studies / General
What’s the difference between a Rorschach inkblot and a verse from the Bible?

The difference is the view.

In this two-volume set, Dr. Fay exposes one of the greatest challenges facing Christians today: how we read our Bibles. “The vast majority of all modern Bible reading is infected with Rorschach-like inkblotitis,” Dr. Fay argues. Book 1 (The Disintegration of the Bible) reveals the problem: reading the Bible in such small, disconnected pieces that they often function as spiritual or theological “inkblots.” Book 2 (Rediscovering the Books of God) presents the solution or “treatment”: learning to read/hear each verse of scripture as it fits within the shape and purposes of the document it’s a part of—that is, its own individual Bible book (Matthew, Mark, Romans, etc.).

The difference is the view: “The challenge is to stop interrupting God when he’s speaking to us . . .” To help with that, Book 2 includes “Ten Rules of Good Bible Reading”:
1.Read the whole book, preferably several times.
2.View the verses in book-level focus.
3.Discover the shape of the text.
4.Highlight recurring words and ideas.
5.Appreciate the differences of genre.
6.Tune in to the historical setting.
7.Use commentaries and other study tools with discretion.
8.Digest your experiences in the word.
9.Live what you’ve learned.
10.Do it again.

This challenging work not only reveals the dangers of “inkblotitis” (turning verses into inkblots), but boils down the most important concepts of effective Bible reading to a single, usable principle and shows you how to apply it in your own Bible reading. Spoiler Alert: . . . the most important principle, at the heart of this new way of reading the Bible, is simply this: Zoom Out! Learning to zoom out to the book-level context of each Bible book is the key that opens the door to God’s inspired library. The difference is the view.