Monday, January 24, 2011

Book Review: Deeper into the Word

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Deeper into the Word:
Reflections on 100 Words From the New Testament
by Keri Wyatt Kent

ISBN-13: 878-0-7642-0842-3
Trade Paperback: 247 pages
Publisher: Bethany House
Released: Jan. 2011

Source: Review copy from the publisher.

Book Description from Goodreads:
Translators have done their best to render the words of the Bible into English, but capturing the nuances of the ancient languages is an inexact science. Kent gives readers an opportunity to investigate the roots and biblical context of the words within the Word. Deeper into the Word is a fascinating devotional, but it can also be used as an accessible reference tool, as it explores 100 of the most important words of the New Testament. Kent unpacks each word's Greek origins, shows how it is used in the Bible, and offers insights into its significance in our lives.

My Review:
Deeper into the Word can be used as a devotional or a Bible reference tool. Each entry was about 2.25 pages long and read like a devotional, so I'd recommend using it like that. The author explored 101 English words/topics.

The author took an English word and then explained which Greek words were usually translated as that English word. She explained the nuances of each Greek word and gave examples of where it was used in the New Testament. She also gave some cultural context for the word and an overview of what the New Testament (and, sometimes, the Old Testament) said about the topic. I was impressed by how well the author captured the tensions in Scripture. She also discussed how to apply what we learned about the word.

The book was written for those who have never studied Greek but who want to dig deeper, and I'd highly recommend this book to that audience.

The words studied: Afraid; Anoint; Apostle; Believe; Bless/Blessed/Blessing; Blind; Body; Bread; Break/Broken; Burden; Call/Called/Calling; Care; Chosen; Church; Clean/Cleanse; Compassion; Content/Contentment; Covenant; Cross; Daughter; Deacon; Death/Die; Disciple; Doubt; Eye/Eyes; Faith/Faithful; Father; Fellowship; Fill/Fulfill/Fullness; Fire; Forgive/Forgiven/Forgiveness; Free/Freedom; Friend; Fruit; Gift/Gifts; Good/Goodness; Gospel; Grace; Harvest; Holy Spirit; Hope; Humble; Hungry; Inheritance; Joy; Justify/Justification; Lamb; Light; Love; Mercy; Messiah; Miracle; New; One Another; Parable; Patience/Patient; Peace; Persecute/Persecution; Perseverance; Pharisee; Power; Pray; Preach; Prepare; Promise; Proud/Pride; Quiet; Reconciliation; Religion/Religious; Remain; Repent; Rest; Resurrection; Righteousness; Rock; Sabbath; Sacrifice; Salt; Salvation; Seek; Self-Control; Serve/Service; Sheep/Shepherd; Sin; Son of Man; Soul; Spirit; Strength; Temptation; Thirst/Thirsty; Truth; Understand; Vine/Vineyard; Water; Way; Wise/Wisdom; Witness; Wonder/Wonders; Word; Work/Works; Yoke.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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Keri Wyatt Kent said...

Hi Debbie
thanks for the review. I'm glad to hear that you liked the book!
I appreciate you taking the time to read and recommend it.

Debbie of ChristFocus said...


Thanks for taking the time to drop by and comment. It was a pleasure to read this book, and I look forward to similar books if you're inclined to write more like this. :)

Keri Wyatt Kent said...

I've written an Old Testament version of this book, it will be out next year. If it's ok with you, I'll include a link to your blog in my upcoming email newsletter, so you can get more readers and I can let people read the reviews. Is that alright with you?

Debbie of ChristFocus said...


Great, I'm glad to hear that an Old Testament version is coming out next year!

Yes, including a link to my blog in your upcoming newsletter totally okay with me. Thank you.