Monday, February 13, 2012

Book Review: Straight to the Heart of Moses

I had mixed feelings—mostly good—about Phil Moore’s book, Straight to the Heart of Moses. This book is part of the Straight to the Heart series. Each book in the series, as I understand it, gives the reader 60 Bite-Sized Insights into the portion of the Bible that is the topic of the book. In this case, Moore is giving us 60 insights into Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.

Some of Moore’s insights are amazing. He really made me think and helped me see Moses’ story—and others—in fresh ways. I loved that!

I also like the way he connected what was going on with the Israelites to the New Testament. He showed how different events in this chronicle corresponded to or were parallel with the Gospel of Jesus. In other words, Moore compared God’s work in saving the Israelites with Jesus’ work to save each of us.

Each insight is about four pages long. I’m thinking this is why they’re called bite-sized. However, many of these are tough meat, chewy bites that require much work to digest. I liked that, but it wasn’t what I expected when I read bite-sized. (I was probably thinking M & M's.)

My only frustration with this came when Moore would attempt to tackle an especially big point in those four pages. Rather than explain in full, he’d offer footnotes with minor clarifications or Scripture for further reference. I’d follow these in an attempt to understand, but sometimes I wished Moore would have simply written more. I could tell he was on to something, but I needed clearer connections and greater explanations.

I recommend he write a bigger book. (That’s a compliment.)

In the meantime, I’m thankful for insights offered here and leads to pursue for even more insights. If you enjoy Bible studies that prompt you to dig, I recommend this book.

Thank you, Kregel Publications, for sending a complimentary copy of this book for my review.

Note: Beginning February 22 and continuing through Easter Sunday, Kregel Publications will be tweeting links to Straight to the Heart of Romans. The entire book will be posted as short, five to ten minute, daily readings. Find it by following Kregel Publications or #Straight2Heart on Twitter.

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