Sunday, February 22, 2015

Insights on John by Charles R. Swindoll

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Insights on John
by Charles R. Swindoll

ISBN-13: 9780310284352
Hardcover: 363 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: 2010

Source: bought from

Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Insights on John provides a wealth of colorful, detailed, and easy-to-understand insights into the gospel of John.

My Review:
Insights on John is a Bible commentary on the gospel of John. The author explained the meaning of various key Greek words to help the reader understand confusing passages and to bring out the full meaning of the text. He also provided information on the cultural and historical background and quoted similar statements made elsewhere in the Bible to help the reader fully understand the verses.

The book begins with an introduction explaining why John wrote the book. There was a timeline from 26 AD to 117 AD showing who was ruling and a black-and-white map showing the areas around the Mediterranean Sea.

The author then gave a paragraph or two of Scripture from John and then studied through that verse-by-verse. At the end of each section, he discussed how we can apply the writer's message to our own lives. He also included occasional "journal" pages were he talked about how those verses had been applied or worked out in his life.

Though you can look up information on just a single verse, this is more a Bible study book where it's assumed you'll read the whole book. Some sections kept focused on clarifying what the verses mean so the reader can better understand them. Others were more of a sermon where he tells the reader what to understand from it. There were a few places where I didn't share his conclusions, but generally he kept to points that I think most Christians would agree with.

Overall, this book was easy to follow and understand. I'd recommend it to Christians who want to dig deeper into understanding John.

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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