Reading the Bible without Getting Lost by Mike Tune: Book Review

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Is it possible to understand what the Bible says? Is it reasonable to believe that anyone can enjoy reading the Bible, given that it was written so long ago? If you’ve ever been frustrated by the structure or wording of the Bible or overwhelmed by its length and diversity, there’s help for you. This help doesn’t involve reading a large portion of Scripture every day for an entire year.

Mike Tune’s book Reading the Bible Without Getting Lost is broken up into seven sections. The first five are Tune’s recommendations for how to interpret Scripture, how to study it, and other hints for understanding it.

The remaining two sections are the longest to get through and they’re the most memorable. They’re sections six and seven, breakdowns of the Old and New Testaments. Tune doesn’t give just an overview of what happens in these halves of the Bible. He gives a sort of CliffsNotes overview of each book of the Bible summarizing the important points of each book while also tying in relevant points of previous books.

Reading the Bible Without Getting Lost is outstanding for many reasons. A seeker-sensitive church may find it useful for those investigating Christianity. The book could make a great group Bible study material for any church because it touches on the entire Bible, not just one portion, and Tune gives just enough opinion to open the door to get individuals thinking about whether or not they share his view. For individuals, this book is a reference to enable the individual to open the Bible and find answers on their own.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger: Book Review

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Have you ever wondered what happens when a person dies? Tennessee pastor Steve Berger has more than just wondered – he’s written an entire book about it. Between Heaven and Earth is the result of Berger’s grief after his 19-year-old son’s untimely death. It’s expected that any minister would be interested in the supernatural, but Berger’s familiarity with grief adds credibility to his work. He isn’t just interested in what Heaven is like because he’s a pastor. He’s trusting that’s where his son is.

For those seeking a better understanding of what heaven is, this book will provide some insight. A brief chapter “teases” the reader into wanting paradise. A larger chapter follows explaining some things that will and will not be found in Heaven. But the book falls short in some areas. It doesn’t spend much time discussing the presence of angels nor does it speak about the transition from the physical world to the Heavenly one. Far less time than expected was spent on discussing things an average person would associate with Heaven such as streets of gold or choirs of angels.

But knowing Heaven’s attributes isn’t really the point of the book.

Berger’s doesn’t want you to just appreciate the beauty of Heaven; he wants you to be proud of your human life when you reach the other side. Between Heaven and Earth is preparation for what’s to come. Berger presses readers to evaluate their earthly lives in light of the hereafter.

I received a free copy from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest thoughts on this book.