Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Review: The Good Book

The Good Book
By Deron Spoo
David C. Cook, 2017


The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible's biggest ideas.

A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.

Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey.

The Good Book:

-- is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
-- gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
-- helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
-- encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.

The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week.

The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

My thoughts

The Good Book by Deron Spoo is a most excellent book and can be used in several different ways, as mentioned in the description above. I was drawn to this book by the recommendation of my favorite teaching pastor, Kyle Idleman, and I encourage you to watch the video at the end.

I love the uniqueness of The Good Book, for I’ve thought long and hard, and can’t come up with anything similar. It’s informative in its overview of the Bible as it highlights 40 key truths or ideas about God, from Genesis to Revelation. These aren’t exhaustive, but rather 40 that the author chose – and I have to say that he chose well.

The book is divided into eight major sections, each with five chapters. Sections include themes such as … God Is Good When Life Gets Messy, God Is Big, Jesus Has Just Entered the Building, and God’s Message for You. Some chapters from the Bible are what you would expect to find … Genesis 1, Psalm 23, John 1, Acts 1, 1 Corinthians 13. Others that might not be as familiar beautifully contribute to the overall goal.

The Good Book would be excellent for new believers or seekers, especially those with little to no church background, and I’ve already recommended it to our pastor. It’s not a substitute for Bible reading, nor is that the author’s intention. Rather, I believe it would motivate and increase the desire to delve further into God’s Word.

In an interview with my friend Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower, Deron Spoo said, “This book is about more than understanding the Bible.  This book is about falling in love with God.  Let’s do more than accumulate knowledge about the Bible; let’s allow the love of God to alter our heart and transform our lives.” I believe that’s the real strength of The Good Book, and in that regard, it is suitable for Christians at all maturity levels. I read with highlighter in hand, enjoying its inspiration and freshness.

Highly recommended.

I was provided a free copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity and David C. Cook. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. 

Church members describe him as "down to earth" and "authentic." His television devotionals, "First Things First," reach 100,000 people each week. 

Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.

Find out more about Deron at

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