First let me say that I love the way this book is organized. The author divided the Bible into 8 different genres (the narrative literature, the law, the psalms, the wisdom literature, the prophets, the gospels, the epistles, and the apocalyptic literature). As an English major, I was excited to look at the Bible in this way. I had never tried it before. I also am amazed by how much teaching was compacted into less than 200 pages. Crash course is a very accurate description. The author includes material for individual study, group study, and church study. I appreciated the way this book was written. It could have been very didactic and dull, but Kandiah’s experience as a teacher and writer shined through. He used examples from everyday life to explain complicated Biblical principals and I had a lot of “AHA” moments. The book is meant to be an eight-week study whereas I read it straight through in order to review it in time for the blog tour. I want to sink my teeth into this book and really study it. There is a lot of good stuff in here and Kandiah is a wise as well as entertaining teacher.
About the Author: Krish Kandiah is the Executive Director: Churches in Mission for the UK Evangelical Alliance. He is also an external examiner for Oak Hill College, an Associate Research Fellow at London School of Theology, and is part of the theme development group for Spring Harvest.
Dr. Kandiah previously held the position of Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, in addition to being Tutor for the Mission and Evangelism at Wycliffe Hall. He was also an Oxford University Theology faculty member.
Before becoming the pastor of a multi-cultural church in Harrow, Kandiah worked with students in the UK with Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, and in Albania with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He has wide experience in evangelism and cross cultural mission, and he is in demand around the world as a speaker and lecturer—though he is still a regular speaker at university missions and at Spring Harvest.
Dr. Kandiah and his wife, Miriam, have four elementary aged children and regularly take in foster babies. Kandiah has a keen interest in movies, photography.
(I was provided a review copy by Kregel Publications for this blog tour)