Recently I browsed the front end of the religion section in my neighborhood bookstore, and I found dozens of Bibles: teen Bibles, “practical” Bibles, a travel Bible, a “businessman’s” Bible, Bibles narrated by great actors and captured on CD. I didn’t even open The Mother’s Bible, although I wondered if fathers like me could make sense of these maternally oriented scriptures. So what is a reviewer to say about a discipleship Bible? It’s a Bible, it’s God’s Word, I hope that it sells in the millions and that discipleship happens as a result.
As much as I believe in the raw, compelling power of the Bible straight up, I know that my parishioners need help. Like the Ethiopian eunuch, they can read the Bible, but then they wonder, “How can I understand unless someone guides me?” (Acts 8:31).