Saturday, November 27, 2021

To Be Written on Your Heart by Tommy G Smith

Smith says this book is intended to help us begin the process of transcribing God's word from the page to our hearts. It is intended to be an aid to studying the Bible. As a law student, Smith says he relied heavily on outlines. Outlines are a way to assemble and organize information. He provides outlines to summarize some key points in the Bible. His “ultimate goal is to present God's Word in a way that is easy for you to review until it becomes a part of the way you think, a part of the way you live your life, and ultimately a part of who you are.” (p. 8)

This book is an amazing accomplishment. At over 750 pages, Smith has put a vast amount of time into analyzing the Word and creating outlines of the material in every chapter in the Bible.

Here is an example of 1 Thessalonians, chapter 1.

  • The Thessalonians were characterized by faithful work, loving deeds, and constant anticipation of the return of the Lord Jesus.
  • The Holy Spirit gave the Thessalonians full assurance that the gospel was true; however, they endured severe suffering for their faith.
  • The Thessalonians were an example to all the Christians in Greece, and people everywhere talked of their faith in God.
  • They had turned away from serving idols to serve the true and living God.
  • Jesus has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment. (p. 697)
I think there are two aspects of this book that make it valuable. I am currently reading in Thessalonians and I appreciate the concise way Smith has arranged the main points. It has helped me understand the structure of Thessalonians and the truth it contains.

Secondly, this book has inspired me to do the same kind of intense reading and outlining of the Bible. I know it will take time, but then, so does the transformation that comes from being in the Word.

You can watch the book trailer here.

You can purchase the book here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Tommy G. Smith found himself without a job after working thirty-two years in mid-level management for the same company. He was fifty-five with a degree in textiles. He and his wife moved to Virginia where he started taking first year law classes. He ended up graduating fifth in his class, worked for nearly nine years at an established law firm in Pensacola where he became a partner, and recently opened his own firm, Smith Law, PLLC. He is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney.

Adverters, 786 pages.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author or publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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