My thoughts on Michael Williams’s new book, How to Read the Bible through the Jesus Lens: A Guide to Christ-Focused Reading of Scripture (Zondervan, 2012):

Average Bible readers—like me—want to answer three overarching questions when they read God’s Word in reading God’s word:

What’s the big idea in each book?

How does each book point to Jesus?

And how does each book speak to contemporary life?

In this concise and well-written book, Michael Williams deftly guides us to the right answers.

Few books do a better job of giving us an overview of Genesis to Revelation in such a compact way.

This is the sort of book I’d love to have in the hands of every member of my church!

For each book of the Bible he provides:

  • a succinct statement of the theme of every biblical book
  • an explanation of how that theme finds its focus in Christ
  • a brief discussion of how the New Testament treats that theme as fulfilled in Christ
  • suggestions for contemporary implications
  • a convenient summary chart for each book of the Bible

You can read the brief chapter on Genesis here.