You Can Understand The Bible: A Practical And Illuminating Guide To Each Book In The Bible

  • Author:    Peter Kreeft
  • Paperback: 328 pages  ($12 to $17)
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (May 23, 2005)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586170455

The author’s note appearing at the beginning of the book explains a lot. This book is an overview of the Bible. It was written by someone who is not a Bible expert, he is however, an expert at teaching! Dr. Peter Kreeft is a Professor of Theology at Boston College. He is also the author of over 40 books. He has written that many books because (I repeat) he is a excellent teacher.

From page xi: There are thousands of books about The Book. Why another one? First it is for beginners. Second, it is especially (but not exclusively) for Catholics. Third, it is short and simple. It is also designed to be practical. (end quotes)  The author has succeeded with all four of his goals.

The reviews for the the books of the Old testament are typically 6 or 7 pages. Many books are also grouped together into one chapter where it makes sense, for example: 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, Timothy & Titus,   (and many others).  Major classifications of Books also have a chapter, examples: Introductions to: the Old Testament, Gospels, and Paul’s Epistles.  The 46 books of the Old testament are covered in 23 chapters and 177 pages. The 27 books of the New testament are covered in 24 chapters and 151 pages. Most of the chapters for the New testament are 5 to 7 pages, but the Acts of the Apostles is covered in 2 chapters and 24 pages.

While you could read this overview book from cover to cover and learn a great deal about the Bible, it would probably be a better idea to read the corresponding chapter before reading a specific book of the Bible. If you are new to reading the Bible, use this book as a help manual before and during your reading of the Bible itself. Even if you are planning  to read (or have already read) only a few books of the Bible, perhaps the Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, this book is worth buying.