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Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2019
The LifeGuide Bible Studies series is an excellent resource for individual and group study, as well as a resource for structuring retreats, and this volume by Jan Johnson, Study and Meditation, is another solid addition to the lineup. The guide provides a foundation for why we study the Bible, which is to become familiar with God's thoughts, and offers a way to read and respond to what is found in Scripture. The guide also explains the importance of comprehension, or understanding, what is read, moving from observation, then interpretation, and finally life application. Johnson also explains the value in meditating on God's word and the practice of obedience, as well as how to engage the Scripture through the practice of "divine reading."
The texts chosen for study are Duet. 6:1-9, Neh. 8:1-9; 9:1-13; 28, Isaiah 11:1-9, Psalm 119:97-104, Luke 1:46-55 alongside 1 Samuel 2:1-10, and, lastly, Mark 10:17-23. Selections are from both the Old and New Testaments.
This guide provides an introductory example or engaging thought or insight, but no extensive study notes. There are questions for reflection and examination. It would be helpful for any leader or student of the Bible to accompany this study with a commentary or Bible dictionary on hand.
I recommend this guide as a Bible study leader. Good stuff.