Making Sense of Scripture: Big Questions About the Book of Faith - David J. Lose
David Lose believes the Bible is a powerful book through which God continues to speak.
This book is written in the form of a dialogue in order to help Christians read the Bible better and (hopefully) learn to hear God's voice in it in order to make sense of their lives and also contribute to the well-being of their neighbor and the world (7).
In contrast to viewing the Bible as an encyclopedia of facts, he invites us to see it as a scrapbook, a family album, that tells the story of the people of God (19). It is "the story of God and God's unyielding, tenacious, and indefatigable desire to love, bless, and save the whole world." These are good adjectives to describe God because "in the biblical story, God will do just about anything to tell the world and everyone in it that they are loved, that they have value, that they are special to God, and that God has a place and purpose for them" (26). It is not a book of facts, but a book of faith, and that is to be preferred, for how often do we pull down the encyclopedia. In short, the truth is so much bigger than facts.
David ably guides the reader to reflect on the the Bible's truth, origin, and authority. He also provides helpful guidance to personal interpretation.
I give this book my highest recommendation. I can't think of a single Christian who wouldn't be helped by this material!