Some books on how to read the Bible are academically informative, but their rationality can make God seem distant. Other books are spiritually vibrant but provide few tools that truly help God's people read the Bible better. Readers need a guide that combines the academic with the spiritual—that integrates textual analysis with the illuminating and transformational work of the Holy Spirit.
Drawing from his experience training students to study the Bible, Andrew Abernethy provides a holistic method that helps readers listen carefully to what God was saying to the original audience and what God is saying to us today. Using clear examples, he lays out six steps:
Chapters provide guidance on interpreting biblical genres, factoring in historical backgrounds, reading each passage in context, tracing the redemptive storyline of Scripture, and more. Then, building on a strong grasp of Scripture's meaning, readers engage the traditional practice of lectio divina and consider how to respond faithfully to the text. The goal, Abernethy says, is to encounter God and to be shaped by the Word as we savor its richness.
Filled with practical features such as illustrations, maps, timelines, and discussion questions, Savoring Scripture is a valuable guide for students and anyone who wants to study the Bible more effectively. God has given us a Bible that is for the hungry—for those willing both to depend on God for provision and to put in the mental effort to enjoy the feast.
"Andrew Abernethy has produced an incredibly accessible and stimulating guide for how to study the Bible. You don't have to be a scholar of Hebrew or Greek, or an expert on ancient Egypt or Rome, as Abernethy shows, all you need is a teachable heart and a desire to learn. If you have that, then Abernethy has a great plan to help you get the most of your study of Holy Scripture, to have your way illuminated by the guiding light of God's Word."
"Savoring Scripture takes seriously the psalmists' confession that the Word of God is rich food that delights and satisfies. Abernethy offers a simple and well-rounded approach to Bible study that opens the path to formation and nourishment. Spiritual reflection without deep study is foolish; study without worship is lifeless. This book intertwines both and makes for a perfect recipe."
"We desperately need books that help people in the church read the Bible more faithfully. Andrew Abernethy provides an engaging guide to readers who want to more competently understand this book that has been changing lives for centuries."
"Does the Bible feel intimidating or irrelevant? This step-by-step guide offers a simple but effective way to engage with Scripture for personal transformation. Andrew Abernethy puts his academic credentials in service of the church in this down-to-earth book. Beginners will experience the Bible as was intended—as a true story that changes us and helps us connect with God."
Step 1: Posture
Step 2: Flow
Step 3A: Context—Historical
Step 3B: Context—Book
Step 4: Whole Bible
Step 5: Savor God
Step 6: Faithful Response
Appendix 1: How to Do a Word Study
Appendix 2: Journal Template