Book Reviews

By WordExplain

Critiquing books from a conservative viewpoint.

"But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.." 2 Peter 1:20-21

Why Believe The Bible?
by John MacArthur

Published by Regal - from Gospel Light

192 pages

First Edition: 1980
Second Edition: 2007

Reviewed by Nathan Phipps

In this book John MacArthur does a wonderful job of presenting an easy to read, quality argument for the importance and relevance of Scripture.  I began reading this book thinking that I would not get much out of it.  I thought it would be a good review and I could get some good arguments for defending the Bible.  Well it was a good review, and I found some good arguments, but even more so I was challenged and inspired to be more pro-active in my Bible study.   

MacArthur splits the book into three sections. Part I is mostly an apologetic section (Can We Really Believe the Bible?). Part II is a personal section (What Does God’s Word Do for Us?). Part III is a practical section (How to Get The Most From God’s Word).   

MacArthur lays out the book in a way that is geared toward a classroom teaching style.  Each chapter is broken up into sections that are only about a page or two long.  So it is very easy to pick up where one left off and to better understand the chapters.  MacArthur also dedicates two or three pages at the end of every chapter to sum up what he has said .  He also ends each chapter with application questions and memory verses that support the chapter.  This way the reader is constantly going over what he reads in order to retain the information and arguments.  

MacArthur does a wonderful job of laying out the basics of what the Scripture means to us, as well as what is inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility.  This would be a good review for the person who already has a good grasp of the Scriptures and its relevance. But for someone who has always wanted to know more about the Bible, this is a helpful resource to get a good foundation.  MacArthur goes through the basic foundational truths about the Bible, but does not go over the head of the reader.  He defines his terms and goes over his arguments with examples and word pictures.   

MacArthur does go off onto some rabbit trails that can be hard to follow.  Occasionally one may have to step back to get the big picture.  Regardless, there are excellent expositions that include finding God’s will and bearing spiritual fruit.  Even though a chapter may seem to be going down one of these trails, MacArthur always brings it back to the importance of Scripture.

(Scripture quotation taken from the NASB.)

Published May 28, 2014

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