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This is a well-written study book of Mark. I like the arrangement of chapters and the questions that are included in them. However, since Mark is a rather short and concise book of the Bible, I also feel that some of the questions are a little redundant and were just added to make the book as long as the others. I would, however, highly recommend this book. I enjoy the "Gospel Glimpses" and "Whole-Bible Connections" the most because they help me to understand how what is written in the Bible actually connects to the real world and also to the rest of the books of the Bible. If you are looking for a group or individual study that will last quite some time (each chapter takes our group about two weeks to get through.. we meet once a week for an hour) then this is your book.
I chose this rating because it is the authentic word of scripture for a bible study I am now attending. The study guide is excellent for learning and discussion. I have previously done the book of James by the same authors and I love the way they present the scripture.
It is especially nice to use the Kindle for it's convenience rather than carrying study guides and my bible. The only disadvantage is that the study guide has questions for response and of course this is not possible on the kindle, I still have to keep notes of my own.
I would recommend this study guide to any group considering bible study and am happy to hear there will be more books of the bible available at a later date.
This is a great little Bible study. I just finished it and I feel like a know a lot more about the book of Mark as a whole (the themes, theology, how it relates to the ot, etc). The way it is set up is that week 1 and 12 are introduction/conclusion chapters and all the weeks in between are set up in the same format. Every week there is a section of the book to read, questions about the passage of scripture (usually 6-7 for the whole week), then the author gives information on the theology in the passage, whole bible connections, etc and space to reflect on what you have read/learned.
What I really like about this study is that the week is not broken up into work for each day, day one, day two etc. and for some reason it makes it much more manageable. I am very busy and if I have to miss a day for whatever reason I don't feel like I am playing catch up, I just keep going from where I left off. It is a very manageable amount to get done in a week by working on it 15-30 minutes 3-5 days. I was just doing it on my own, so I didn't always do the week mon-fri but it worked great for me and my schedule. The other thing I really loved was that the questions were very thought provoking. This isn't your typical "look up the verse and fill in the blank" The questions really made me think and search the scripture to find the answers. This was a really great study and I highly recommend it. I will be ordering another one soon.
I know Crossway. I know JI Packer. I knew this study would be legit. Unfortunately, I didn't realize how "heady" it would be. It may be an excellent study for anyone who has a great deal of background knowledge of the bible. It is not for someone with little to no background in the Scriptures and maybe not even regular laypeople who've studied the bible on their own. We only go through a few pages and realized the questions assumed we knew and could connect many different parts of the bible.
This is an excellent study. Dane asks very leading questions that take you in a place different than what you may think one would ask! I have 2 groups in my home on Tuesdays, one morning, one afternoon, and they all loved it.