Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Bible in 10 Words by Deron Spoo

We know words are powerful and well chosen words are very powerful. Spoo has chosen ten words to explore major ideas in the Bible. His writing style is pleasant and he includes many interesting stories illustrating his teaching.

While each essay is insightful, I think my favorite was on breath. We can't live without it. God breathed into Adam and elements became a living being. Jesus breathed power into the disciples, the Holy Spirit. We might try to breath life into a dying project. We have breath to bless others. We have breath to praise and worship God. Breath reminds us of the brevity of life. When we die we are said to breathe our last.

Spoo reveals similar insights for each of the ten words: light, dust, breath, garden, river, eat, alone, naked, afraid, and sweat. While the words have their roots in Genesis, they form a good overview of the Bible in general. He closes each chapter with a prayer (talk to God), discussion questions (talk to one another), and Scripture for further reading. And, as an added bonus, you'll find out why your shoe laces come untied.

You can watch the book trailer here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past two decades, Deron has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as “down to earth” and “authentic.” His television devotionals, First Things First, reach 100,000 people each week. Deron is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas released by David C Cook in 2017. He and his wife Paula have three children: Kira, Caleb, and Seth.

Worthy Books, 208 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

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