Miranda Threlfall – How to Eat Bread: 21 Nourishing Ways to Read the Bible
ISBN 978 1 5293 6447 7
I like the idea of the Bible being like bread that nourishes us when we read it. Yet for many readers Scripture has become like stale bread – while it’s a pleasure for some, it’s a chore for others. Finding fresh ways of reading God’s Word can be a good way reignite our passion for it. This book provides 21 ways to get into the habit of Bible reading. These are broken down into three main sections: scripture, tradition and reason.
The scripture section is a fairly straightforward approach to reading Scripture in a way that respects its distinctive genres. This section is a useful reminder that we need to read Scripture on its own terms as we learn to see what it is saying and how it is saying it.
The tradition section introduces us to how different approaches to Bible reading have been used in history. And the reason section includes some more exotic ways of reading Scripture that emerged as a result of critical theory, modern linguistics and the New Hermeneutic.
The book concludes with three notes giving advice on Bible translations, using the book for group study and suggestions for further reading.
Most readers will from time to time get into a rut with their Bible reading. There will be some ideas here that could freshen up the experience. It is always good to look at Scripture with different lenses. More conservative Christians might find aspects of the reason section a bit hard to digest. Yet, even these chapters are stimulating.
John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers, in Riga, Latvia