Friday, February 22, 2013

The Disciples Guidebook

Chance’s step-by-step introduction to biblical scripture breaks down confusing, theoretical concepts—like righteousness and faith—into friendly, interpretable bits.
She reveals very early how Jesus intended for the parables to be used — as a guide to understanding his deep spiritual teachings. Small parables are shown to have been translated word-for-word by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. This “key” is then used to understand the larger more substantial parables and eventually the overall meaning of his message.
In this short, introduction to the innermost texts in Christianity, Chance offers counsel and personal interpretations of applicable passages. Understanding that the messages of the Old and New Testament require an understanding of language’s flexibility, Chance is skillful at of significant moments in the Bible. Divided into seven sections—with names like “The Armor of God” and expositional teaching.  “The Helmet of Salvation”—Chance’s guide offers advice to aid not only first-time readers of the Bible but also seasoned bible students seeking a practical approach to implement the holy book’s teachings. To this end, the book is extensive with illustrations and quickly understood lists summarizing key points and useful tips to help set in biblical teachings into readers’ daily lives. Though the author remains committed to Christian doctrine, she also offers her own moral beliefs alongside quoted excerpts, providing an additional level of analysis to the topics she discusses. Chance’s relatively slim title may only be useful to readers looking for a quick, straightforward version of a religious self-help text. Still, the book’s obedience to scripture—and extensive citations of it—will please devout Christians as well as believers looking for new interpretations. Believers and nonbelievers alike will appreciate this light, modern-day approach to understanding the Bible.

About The Author:
A. Victoria Chance is a resident of Norfolk, Virginia. She enjoys the coastal climate and loves seeing dolphins and ducks in her backyard. Victoria recently moved from Washington, DC, where she finished her internal medicine residency training. As a physician, she encourages everyone to live a pure and healthy life. As a Christian writer, she encourages everyone to fulfill their spiritual purpose.

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