As a longtime reader of Chuck Swindoll’s books I was not disappointed by his latest delivery, Searching the Scriptures. I’ve often wondered how Swindoll finds so much to share with his readers (and listeners) in the Scripture passages he dissects. In ten chapters Swindoll reveals the method of Bible study that has served him well in his personal life and public ministry.
Throughout Searching the Scriptures Swindoll uses the illustration of cooking and compares the components of Bible study to the steps in planning and enjoying a scrumptious meal. From the back cover comes this gem of truth, “Without sufficient and regular biblical nutrition, our inner lives begin to suffer the consequences.”
Readers looking for quick steps to mastering Bible study will not find those in Searching the Scriptures. Though Swindoll breaks the process down into four steps–observing, interpreting, correlating, and applying–the study of God’s Word requires a time commitment. There are no shortcuts.
Swindoll suggests useful study tools along with links to web sites offering a wealth of resources. Rather than simply list these and move on, the author demonstrates how and where the tools can help in understanding the Bible. Swindoll flavors his presentation with adequate examples to aid the reader in utilizing the study techniques.
The material in chapter 1 may seem basic to experienced Bible students but Swindoll handles the review masterfully as he prepares readers at all levels for the deeper material in later chapters. Each chapter of Searching the Scriptures ends with reinforcing assignments and discussion questions making the book a valuable text for personal or group study.
Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of Searching the Scriptures to facilitate my review.