A series of devotional commentaries, which allow people to get to grips with each book of the Bible one bite at a time. Phil Moore will not cover the whole of each book, but rather focuses on key sections which together form a useful introduction. There will be 25 volumes in all: each contains about 60 readings, but this may vary from book to book. Although the tone is light, the text is full of useful application and backed by substantial scholarship.
The Straight to the Heart is a series of devotional commentaries for those who appreciate the insights and sound research found in commentaries but find scholarly writing dry and lacking in personal application. The books in the series do not cover the whole text, but focus on key sections which communicate the main themes of each book. Although the tone is light, the text is full of useful application and backed by substantial scholarship. Its clear, thought-provoking insights will feed both mind and soul.
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Review 1 for Romans (Straight to the Heart Series: 60 Bite-Sized Insights)
This is a wonderful commentary that is actually able to be used as a daily devotional guide. I love expository preaching, so it's not a surprise to me that I really enjoyed this book. Phil Moore takes each verse in Romans and breaks it down verse by verse so we can better understand the history, the culture, and the message.
This book isn't written like a normal commentary, though, where you sometimes find your mind wandering because of it's heavy words. It reads like a book and is full of helpful information. I'm actually studying Romans through a Precept class and have enjoyed using this book as a help to gain extra insight into certain passages.
This book/series would be a wonderful addition to any study library or to someone who is just desiring to go deeper and needs a little bit of guidance.
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Review 2 for Romans (Straight to the Heart Series: 60 Bite-Sized Insights)
What a delightful aid to the study of God's Word! I don't say that flippantly; I truly mean it. Phil Moore has done a great service to the church in writing these books, especially this one on Romans. I think I can honestly say that I've gotten to know the book of Romans fairly well. The Adult Bible Class at Cornerstone EFC has spent the better part of three years in this grand letter of the Apostle Paul and we're only just now getting to chapter 9! Who knows? If I would have had this book when we first started, we might be done by now.
The purpose of this entire series is quite clear: God wants you to read His Word and have it change your life. Through the aid of each book in this series, Moore wants you, the reader, to read the Bible with eyes wide open and a heart ready and eager for Godward change.
In the introduction to Moore's book on Romans, he points out that Romans is not just a amazing book for today's Christian; it was very, very dangerous for Paul and the recipients in Rome. He then proceeds to give some historical highlights that really help set the context for what will follow.
Here's just bit from the thoughts on Romans 9, the chapter my class is heading into right now:
Talk is cheap. What matters is delivery. Everybody knows it's easier to state a plan than turn it into reality. That's why Paul needed to follow up his general teaching about the Gospel in chapters 1–8 with a description of that plan in action in chapters 9–11.
Very helpful start to a potential difficult section of the Bible. Moore does this throughout this book, He gives a good overview statement or word picture and then goes on to open up the text, sometimes with a broad brush, sometimes with exacting detail.
If you want a book to give to someone who's never studied the book of Romans, you would do well to give them this book out of the Straight To The Heart Series. Very few will read the multi-volume set by Lloyd-Jones (although they should). Most will never get a copy of Cranfield on Romans, let alone understand much of the technical detail that set contains (I went to seminary and it still gave me brain cramps). Moore takes this vitally important book of Scripture and puts it into the hands of "Everyman" and "Everywoman" without dumbing it down. Thanks be to God for that!
I'd highly encourage you to get this book. In fact, get several and hand them out, lead a study yourself, host a reader's group or whatever other format you might find, but get it and read it.