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Chronological Guide to the Bible

Chronological Guide to the Bible is the best book I have so far reviewed for Thomas Nelson Publishers. The editors of this reference book did a superb job of organizing Scripture into more chronologically digestible pieces by dividing it into 9 historical epochs. I did not just read this reference book, but actually incorporated it into my own personal Bible study to decide its true value as a guide through Scripture.

I believe the editors of Chronological Guide to the Bible have put together one of the best all around study supplements. First, they did really well with balancing scientific discovery and the Biblical literature. Admitting that there were many differences sometimes between the two, they did not try to belittle one and elevate the other. They aimed for harmony and did really well with hitting that target. And where harmony was not possible, they mentioned the differences and moved on.

Secondly, they provided the right amount of ancient anthropology, geography and history without overwhelming readers who are not generally drawn to such topics.

Finally, the layout of the pages made it a visually enjoyable read. Plenty of pictures, charts, and grafts laid out in modern styles added to the overall greatness of this book.

The Liturgical Year by Joan Chittister

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Let’s be honest, spirituality can become sadly mundane. Sure, we can get pumped up for special events like Christmas, Easter, or a Friends-and-Family Day at church; but moving closer to God day by day is something that most Christians struggle with.

“The Liturgical Year” strives to bring floundering Christians hope by upholding the historical importance of the Liturgical calendar. The chapters alternate between a discussion of specific liturgical dates with the underlying traits that bring meaning to those days.

The joy in the Life born at Christmas looks forward to that sacrificial Life of Good Friday looks forward to the celebration of Life for all raised at Easter looks forward to the responsibility for believers to carry on that Life at Pentecost. For good measure, throw in the asceticism, suffering, fidelity and wisdom that we are called to during the Ordinary Times of our life, and a spirituality is developed, dedicated to the Life.

Raised in a conservative, evangelical church, the Liturgy has been unfamiliar to me until recent years (if you are wholly unfamiliar with it, this book is not for you). This book helped me move past a simple understanding of a calendar to a deeper appreciation for its true intentions. Though I longed for a deeper discussion of the theology behind the Liturgical calendar, this book did instill in me a greater desire to grow day by day with my Lord and Savior. Overall: 3 out of 5 muffins.