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A Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year
A Life-Changing Journey Into the Heart of God
by Diane Stortz
Publisher:Bethany House imprint of Baker Pub from Lion
This book's aim is laudable - to help women read the whole Bible in a year. The book begins with a chapter on how to use this resource and then a chapter of stories of Christian women whose lives have been changed by reading the Bible in a year.
The heart of the book is 52 sections giving you Bible readings for a week. There is a brief one page summary outlining the contents of what you are reading and then a largely blank page for you to record something you learned, a verse to remember and questions.
Although this reading programme could be done alone, the book's aim is for a small group of women to follow the book's programme and then meet once a week to discuss what they have read.
The outline notes are factual and helpful, although give little help on the more difficult parts of the scriptures like the end of Ezekiel and Revelation. The order of reading through the Bible is unusual in that it finishes with Malachi and not Revelation. It would have been good if the book had included a chapter on interpreting the Bible.
Overall this is a useful resource but my main bugbear is why it is only for women? Why not make the book a guide that men and women can use? Surely we all need help in reading the Scriptures!
Reviewer: Alan Hill (21/05/13)