Making Sense of the Bible

| January 21, 2015

David Whitehead. Making Sense of the Bible: How to Connect with God Through His Word. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2014. 176 pp. $12.99.

David Whitehead is a pastor in Manhattan, a church-planting coach, and founder of the popular website His new book, Making Sense of the Bible, largely flows out of that online ministry. Those who want to come to grips with Scripture often don’t know where to start. The Bible can be a very intimidating book: there are unfamiliar literary styles, seemingly obscure laws, and some challenging narratives—not to mention the fact that it is an enormous book. Whitehead has written Making Sense of the Bible with the aim of giving the new Bible reader something of a pep talk and launching pad into the adventure of getting to know God’s Word. This is a laudable aim. Whitehead’s own explanation of why he wrote the book reminds us that there is a great need for many good entry-level books for those new to Christianity.

Whitehead’s approach is simple. He opens with chapters on why there are so many Bible translations, and the proper attitude as we approach Scripture. The rest of the book deals with the…

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