Monday, February 1, 2016

Count It All Joy by David Jeremiah

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Count It All Joy
by David Jeremiah

ISBN-13: 9781434708755
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: David C Cook
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

Source: ebook review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

Book Description, Modified from Goodreads:
The apostle Paul wrote his most personal letter while abused and abandoned in a Roman prison. He wrote to believers who lived in the shadow of the Roman tyrant, Nero. And yet this letter, Philippians, is the most joy-filled epistle in the Bible.

Weaving together modern stories and historical detail, Dr. David Jeremiah explores Philippians verse by verse, showing us what it means to be joyful in spite of circumstances. Whatever you are facing today, Count It All Joy will inspire you to find the joy that Jesus promises.

My Review:
Count It All Joy is a Bible study on the book of Philippians. Each chapter started with a couple of paragraphs from Philippians, which the author then worked through going verse by verse. He usually started with a sports-related modern story, and he frequently quoted insights from other authors. He did word studies, rephrased verses "in plain English" so the intent was clear, included background information, and quoted similar verses from other parts of the Bible. There were study questions (and suggested activities) at the end of the book for small groups or personal study.

This study did provide me with some insights into the verses that I hadn't considered before. However, some parts of the study felt disconnected due to the frequent quotes and serial word studies. The verse was not re-quoted when being examined, so sometimes I'd lose track of what the verse specifically said or how the insight into word meaning clarified a point. This didn't happen very often, but it would have been nice to have the verse under examination written again where it was being examined.

Overall, I'd recommend this book to those who are interested in studying Philippians and who like this author's style.

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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