Monday, February 16, 2015

Romans 8-16 for YouRomans 8-16 for You by Timothy Keller
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Good Book Company has consistently been a blessing to the church through the thoughtful and approachable works they publish.  The Bible for You series of short commentaries/study guides on books of the Bible is no different.  I have had the opportunity to read a few of these and have walked away from each one encouraged to study the Word of God more and edified in my love and worship of the one true God.

Timothy Keller writes this volume on Romans 8-16 after writing the companion volume on Romans 1-7.  Keller is his usual self.  His work is clear and concise and immanently readable.  I was intrigued by his handling of certain texts and spurred to greater study and clarity in areas of disagreement.  I am always put off by “missional” terminology that floods Keller’s works (see “live the Gospel”, etc.)  That being said, I have no problem recommending this book and have already gifted a copy to a good friend.

The setup of this book is especially good.  Keller goes quickly though the text and does not get bogged down in disputes and minutia.  The study questions are short and basic but serve their purpose well.  For areas of debate and concern, Keller offers a few appendices in the back of the book to dive into the deeper waters.  Separating these out like this allows a broader audience to benefit from this great work.
This is a series of books that I consistently enjoy and benefit from.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.

From the Website
Written for people of every age and stage, from new believers to pastors and teachers, this flexible resource is for you to:
• READ: As a guide to this wonderful letter, helping you appreciate the great gift of righteousness with God.
• FEED: As a daily devotional to help you grow in Christ as you read and meditate on this portion of God’s word.
• LEAD: As notes to aid you in explaining, illustrating and applying Romans 8–16 as you preach or lead a Bible study.
Whoever you are, and however you use it, this is... Romans 8–16 For You

"I have always believed that at the heart of Romans 8 you have the secret to really using the gospel in your heart to change yourself in a profound way." Tim Keller
Join Dr. Timothy Keller as he opens up the second half of the book of Romans, beginning in chapter 8, helping you to get to grips with its meaning and showing how it transforms our hearts and lives today.
Combining a close attention to the detail of the text with Timothy Keller's trademark gift for clear explanation and compelling insights, this resource will both engage your mind and stir your heart.

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