How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible

Title:  How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible
Author:  Keith Ferrin
Pages:  160
Year:  2015
Publisher:  Bethany
My rating is 4 stars out of 5
As I sat down one night to read this nonfiction book, I wondered what I was going to encounter because I needed some encouragement.  Well, in some of the book I felt encouraged and in other areas challenged, which is also something that helps me grow in Christ.  Some of what the author shared via his 10 tips I was actually already doing, but my journey to learning the tips was different.
There are a total of 10 tips and then something I didn’t expect…an accompanying Bible study after each chapter to help guide readers in going deeper.  In other words, the book is not just reading the 10 tips but includes helpful questions to spur thinking as to how each of us can put whatever God highlights for us into practice.
I thought the author made an excellent point of how we as Christians tend to not discuss or look forward to reading the Word, but spend a lot of time avoiding it or complaining about reading the Book.  His reasons for why we tend to do that I thought were something most people can identify with along with the fact the author owns his own failings to read consistently.  I think when we come to a place where we are ready to change books like this one help us learn some ways we never thought of or forgot.
One thought the author mentions was how to laugh or have fun with God, not in an unholy way but like we do with our human relationships.  This was a new concept to me and I am not sure I am able to exactly do that not because I don’t laugh but due to more of deep joy I receive when I sense He has spoken to me via His Word.  I think of my relationship with God as being on a different plane than my human relationships, though I can see why he uses this analogy in the book.
So, for me, like most books I glean what I sense God wants me to know at the moment I am reading or meditating on what I learned as I read.  That which doesn’t apply now or maybe never I just let go of and take each day as God gives.  I hope you read discerningly and with an open heart too!
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