For the past several months, Precept Camden has been studying the book of Revelation in our weekly Bible study. One of the things we are going to do on our last day of class is develop a timeline of events based on the things that we have learned in our study. A very interesting and helpful resource is Charting the End Times by Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice. The cover of the book describes itself as “a visual guide to understanding Bible prophecy.” It has easy to understand explanations of things such as Bible prophecy, the feasts of Israel, the millennial reign of Christ, the book of Daniel, as well as a host of other interesting biblical topics. The colorful illustrations and charts are not only beautiful but are also easy to read. This book is a wonderful accompaniment to any study on the books of Revelation, Daniel, Ezekiel, or a survey of eschatology. You can click here to order a copy.
As a new year begins, I think this is a good time to encourage you to read a book that I love. What better goal to have for 2012 than to find the purpose for your life and begin living out that purpose?
(Originally posted April 2011)
Today I was reminded how much I love this book – The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren. About seven years ago, a friend lent me his copy and said, “I think you’ll like this book.” The copy he gave me came with a journal. Not being the journaling type, he said I could keep the journal but he wanted his book back when I was done. So I read the book, worked through the journal, and I did, indeed, like it. I liked it very much.
The reasons I like this book are myriad. However, most of what I love about this book can be expressed in just one word: simple. Its simple, easy-to-understand theology does not take a Doctorate of Divinity to understand. Just the word “theology” conjures up all sorts of connotations, some of which may be negative. A simple definition of theology is a study of God and God’s relation to the world. Sometimes theology is expressed by theologians in words and thoughts that are difficult for everyday people to understand. But in The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren presents the teachings of the Bible and ideas about God in ways that everyone can understand. He simplifies the message of the Bible without sacrificing the truth found there.
The Purpose Driven Life is a wonderful book for people new to the Christian faith as well as people who are seeking meaning and purpose in their lives. It is written in simple, down to earth language and explains basic doctrines of the Bible in a way that anyone can understand. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever asked the question, “What on earth am I here for?” However, I also recommend it to those who may not struggle with this question but who are interested in helping others find a meaningful answer to it.