What’s in the Bible (for me)?: 50 readings and reflections

What’s in the Bible (for me)?: 50 readings and reflections

Author : Lucy Moore
£4.99

Opening up Bible reading for Messy Church families

Where do you start with reading the Bible? Here's the perfect gift for Messy Church families and others new to Bible reading – a booklet of 50 bite-sized Bible passages, selected to cover the wide span of the Bible story across Old and New Testaments, with a reflection on each passage by Messy Church founder Lucy Moore. Written in a user-friendly and jargon-free style, What’s in the Bible (for me)? is designed to encourage individuals and families alike to start reading the Bible and find out what it has to say to them.

Title What’s in the Bible (for me)?: 50 readings and reflections
Author Lucy Moore
Description

Where do you start with reading the Bible? Here's the perfect gift for Messy Church families and others new to Bible reading – a booklet of 50 bite-sized Bible passages, selected to cover the wide span of the Bible story across Old and New Testaments, with a reflection on each passage by Messy Church founder Lucy Moore. Written in a user-friendly and jargon-free style, What’s in the Bible (for me)? is designed to encourage individuals and families alike to start reading the Bible and find out what it has to say to them.

What’s in the Bible (for me)? explores the big journey of the Bible. And maybe, as we see the bigger picture, it will help us understand our own journey.

 

Details
  • Product code: 9780857467607
  • Published: 21 February 2020
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • Dimensions: 112mm wide and 167mm high

Where do you start with reading the Bible? Here's the perfect gift for Messy Church families and others new to Bible reading – a booklet of 50 bite-sized Bible passages, selected to cover the wide span of the Bible story across Old and New Testaments, with a reflection on each passage by Messy Church founder Lucy Moore. Written in a user-friendly and jargon-free style, What’s in the Bible (for me)? is designed to encourage individuals and families alike to start reading the Bible and find out what it has to say to them.

What’s in the Bible (for me)? explores the big journey of the Bible. And maybe, as we see the bigger picture, it will help us understand our own journey.

 

Lucy Moore is the founder of Messy Church. She promotes Messy Church nationally and internationally through training and speaking events, and is the author of a number of books for BRF.

 

Progressive Voices, June 2020 (PV33). Review by Stuart Hannabuss

At a time when we wonder whether the church is relevant and why people don’t read the Bible, Messy Church has found imaginative ways of presenting and interpreting scripture. Today’s consumerist message of ‘what’s in it for me?’, is adapted in her attractive and useful little book. Lucy presents fifty themes based on the Bible (one third Old Testament, two thirds New Testament) such as leaving home, making mistakes, feeling lost and being found.

This thematic approach, using a short Biblical passage followed by a reflection, makes the book immediate, practical, and useful for everyday encounters, as well as for discussion groups and, in the right context, schools. Little is lost and much is gained by using themes in this way. Nor is it trite to say that there is ‘strength in travelling together’ and in having ‘the stubbornness to keep you moving’, and ‘the compass, map and star to read’ (the final reflection in the book). 

Such thoughts acknowledge the transforming impact of the Holy Spirit in everyday life. And it’s not Machiavellian of the Church to suggest that we all relate to metaphors, so why not recognise an effective communication channel where it exists. ‘The journey of a human being like you or me towards a destination that becomes clearer with each step’: that’s what’s in it for you and me and the rest of us.

Reviewed by Stuart Hannabuss

 

Reform, May 2020. Review by Catherine Ball

This is a delightful little book written by the founder of Messy Church. It is an eminently readable book, giving a sweeping survey of the entire Bible. Following the theme of journeys, Moore takes us from the story of Adam and Eve, the journey of a family leaving home, through the journey of the ancient nation of Israel, the journey of God coming from heaven to earth and back in Jesus the Messiah, the journey of a new way of life, the early Church and the journey of human beings in faith towards God. It includes women of the Bible and questions to invite further consideration. The language is accessible, concise and clear. Its brevity does not mean that it is simplistic or trite: it offers deeply thought out theology in understandable language. It would be ideal to give to those interested in Christianity, newish Christians or those who want to build upon their Bible knowledge as an aid to growth in discipleship. It has warmth and a human element to which anyone could relate. The broad framework gives an excellent foundation for a balanced and full understanding of Christian faith and life. In these days of short video clips, pictures and soundbites, this is a book that many people would easily read – and finish! It also gives great encouragement in times of difficulty and uncertainty, apt for our lives under the current Covid-19 restrictions. The book is positive, life enhancing and an easy read to curl up with while being stuck in the house.

Reviewed by Catherine Ball is Minister of The Free Church, St Ives, and Fenstanton United Reformed Church, Cambridgeshire