Name of Book: Lord, Teach Me to Study the Bible in 28 Days
Author: Kay Arthur
Why I decided to read this book: I had heard many other women talk about the challenge and depth that Kay Arthur presents in her Bible Studies. I wanted to learn how to study Scripture better. I didn’t want to just read it anymore.
Who do I recommend to read this book: I recommend this book to anyone who is a little intimidated at the thought of digging into Scripture on your own. If you want to study the Bible more thoroughly and you are willing to be patient and persevere through learning Kay Arthur’s techniques, I encourage you to read this book. At first, her study methods were a bit overwhelming, but I found my groove and process.
My biggest take away from the book: I learned to interrogate a chapter of Scripture. I learned how to exhaust it. I learned how to start digging as I progressed through a story. Kay encouraged the use of colored pencils and symbols as I progressed through studying the Bible. For example, I found all the references to prayer in a chapter and colored them green with a colored pencil. Kay encouraged me to stay consistent with symbols and colors throughout my entire Bible. Sometimes after evaluating a chapter, I looked at my page and felt like I had a color or symbol over every word in the chapter. If you are like me, you may feel a degree of satisfaction knowing you have closely examined every word in a specific chapter.
What I think the author wanted me to take away from the book: As the title says, Kay Arthur’s purpose in writing this book is to, “teach you how to study the Bible for yourself so you can discover truth for yourself.” Kay teaches study techniques throughout the book that show how to begin dissecting the Bible bit by bit. Personally, I am often overwhelmed reading the Bible while trying to understand the terminology, history, prophecy, and contexts of much of Scripture. This book is an excellent place to start and has given me confidence to study the Bible using the Bible. I was pleasantly surprised at finding this book to be of great value and encouragement.
My favorite aspect about this book: I learned SO MUCH. I learned about identifying key words and phrases, making lists, summarizing chapters, using symbols above words and staying consistent with those symbols, finding main characters and color coding references to that character, identifying cross references, creating charts, finding contrasts and comparisons, challenging resources outside of Scripture, identifying instruction for my life, and observing Scripture by asking the right questions.
My least favorite aspect about this book: As soon as I felt like I had a grasp on what I was reading, I learned there was so much more that I could know.
Any additional thoughts: If I was asked what Kay Arthur really drove home in her book, these key concepts are what I came away with in my study.
1. Observe, Interpret, and Apply. Mark the text and ask the right questions and you can observe, interpret, and apply on your own.
2. Ask who, what, where, when, why, and how. Observe, observe, observe.
3. Keep a journal of what you are learning as instruction for your life.