Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book by Kenneth Berding. Weaver Book Company 2013. 121 pages Paperback
Oh how much we need a revival of the Bible. We need a revival of learning it, valuing it, understanding it, applying it, obeying it and speaking it. I long for, and pray that we will see such a revival in this generation.
The above quote summarizes this book in a few sentences and closes this book too. Kenneth Berding’s love for God’s Word and his desire to see a revival of God’s Word among his people shines forth in this book. Although only 121 pages it is 121 pages packed with knowledge and wisdom concerning the doctrine of scripture, questions to reflect on and how to apply what you have learned.
Berding breaks this book up into six chapters sounding an alarm for a revival of learning, valuing, understanding, applying, obeying and speaking God’s Word. Each chapter builds a foundation for the reader on what the Bible says in each of the six areas. So if you are a new believer or someone that has been studying the Bible for years this section will bolster your faith.
Berding doesn’t stop there, as he tells the reader in his preface,
I don’t simply state that we need a revival of the Bible; I also try to uncover the hidden spiritual issues that brought us to this unfortunate place.
For example, one area that was convicting for my family and I when I was reading to them was the section on misplaced priorities. Berding writes,
It seems to me, that in any weighting of priorities the following scenarios are out of bounds:
• More time watching television than reading/studying/memorizing God’s Word
• More time on social networking sites than reading God’s Word
• More time playing video games than reading God’s Word
Another section that was fantastic was understanding the Bible and an overview of guidelines to help us understand the Bible, Berding refers to these as “the big five. Then Berding points out how in our instant gratification society we assume that understanding the Bible should come easy. In responding to this Berding states,
If there is anything worth spending time and energy learning how to do, it is growing in understanding of how to interpret the Word of God
I am a learner and a student of theology and Biblical studies so I enjoy books from the world of academia. I also realize their are some that will not read those books. But sometimes a book comes along that spans the gap between academia and lay person. Bible Revival by Professor Kenneth Berding spans that gap. People from all spectrums of the Christian faith can grow from this book. From professors to students, from pastors to church members and from parents to children I encourage all to read Bible Revival.
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