Most of us have heard the saying “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This is certainly true of being nourished by the Bible, and in Searching the Scriptures: Find the Nourishment Your Soul Needs, Chuck Swindoll teaches us how to both be fed and feed others.
With sections titled Finding the Food (understanding the basic story of the Bible), Preparing the Meal (observation, interpretation, correlation and application) and Serving the Feast (presenting the truth) Swindoll gives us many useful tools. From the basics of inductive study methods to recommendations for study tools like concordances, dictionaries and commentaries, this is a practical book on many levels. He not only shows you how to study, but does so by taking you through sections of scriptures using the methods he is describing. His opening chapter dealing with an overview of the Bible was gold, and my favorite part of the book.
Each chapter ends with a section titled Your Turn in the Kitchen, where we get to put into practice what we just learned about how to study while digging into a portion of scripture. A lot of the book is classic Swindoll, lots of stories and illustrations, and many challenging encouragements to apply what we are learning. He is on point when he states, “We are foolish if we don’t make a careful study of His Word…no study, no stability. There is no shortcut to maturity. It comes slowly but surely to those who search the Scriptures.”
While helpful to someone just starting out in purposeful Bible study, it may be less so to a person who has done inductive study, unless they are a hard core Swindoll fan. I took away some good nuggets, and reading Searching the Scriptures might be the resource you’re looking for to get you nourished in the Word.
I received this book from Tyndale for the purpose of reviewing it, and my opinions are my own.
Read well, friends!