The Good Book Company now has six titles out in their God’s Word for You series, of which I’ve read five. The books are mostly the same length, and since the New Testament volumes are mostly verse-by-verse studies, Romans was split into two volumes, one on Romans 1-7, and the other on Romans 8-16. I’ve reviewed the first, and now that I’ve just finished reading through the appendix of the second, I can reflect on the two as a pair.
Like the first book, Romans 8-16 for You features clear exposition of the text of Romans that not only helps the reader understand what he’s reading in the Bible, but drives the points home to his heart, with probing questions and personal application—there’s a lot of theology, but nothing is theoretical. Tim Keller has developed a reputation as a Bible teacher, and his handling of the text of Romans shows that he carefully seeks to both understand the meaning of Scripture and how that meaning should inform and direct the life of a believer.
The book, like all others in the series, suggests it be used for:
- Reading—a study guide, kind of like an academic commentary for people who don’t read commentaries
- Feeding—a devotional walk through Romans for spiritual growth and meditation on the word
- Leading—a tool for teaching, whether in a one-on-one or small group discipleship setting, or even for sermon preparation
Having now experienced 5 out of the 6 titles available, I think they’ve nailed it with their read, feed, lead idea. I’ll be looking at their curricula for the youth group I lead once we’re done with our current study (that also comes from The Good Book Company). Additionally, the book offers an outline in the back of the book that I will likely consult when preparing future sermons on Romans.
I received this book from the publisher for the purpose of review. The opinions expressed are my own.