Friday, May 8, 2015

Insights on Romans by Charles R. Swindoll

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Insights on Romans
by Charles R. Swindoll

ISBN-13: 9780310284307
Hardcover: 342 pages
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: December 2009

Source: Bought from

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

My Review:
Insights on Romans is a Bible commentary on the book of Romans. 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 Paul 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 Roman 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. Most of the sections focused on clarifying what the verses meant so the reader can better understand them. I appreciated that the author took a whole-Bible, balanced view of the verses, especially regarding the predestination (and free will) verses.

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

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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