Tuesday, October 7, 2008
One More Long Term Recommendation: The Grand Sweep
I rarely read anything twice, and I almost never work through a 365-day study book more than once. However, I've worked through this one twice before, and I'm thinking of doing it again come January, 2009.
It's The Grand Sweep: 365 Days from Genesis through Revelation by J. Ellsworth Kalas. He's been a pastor, a Disciple Bible study presenter and trainer, and author of numerous books on the Bible and the Christian life. The daily readings from the Bible might include multiple chapters, but the commentary/meditations are short and pithy. A daily prayer rounds out the design of this very effective way of reading the Bible through in a year.
There's a companion daily response book by the same title. It includes a daily question with a space for written response. Each week ends with "How the Drama Develops," a narrative in which Kalas summarizes week's Bible readings. Next is "Seeing Life through Scripture." This section offers commentary and questions for personal application of scripture concepts for the week. The "cherry on top" is the summary Bible verse which serves as a "synopsis of the Biblical story," according to the book's preface.
The study book and the response book are available as a set also. Buy them separately or together at Cokesbury.com by following the links given.
I've even considered starting an online Bible study group using this set beginning in January, 2009. If you have found your way to this blog and you're interested in doing this, please e-mail me at akinemily at gmail.com.
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