Review of How to Get the Most from God's Word

Title: How to Get the Most from God’s Word
Author: John MacArthur, Jr.
Date Completed: 03/09/2004

Rereadability Rating: 1.5
Lifechangeability Rating: 3.5
Entertainment Rating: 2.5

This is a good book for people who are seeking out the fundamentals of a theologically conservative view of the Bible. If I didn’t trust MacArthur as it is, or if this were the first book of his that I had read, I probably wouldn’t read him anymore. The book is a good primer for how to do inductive study (the last 2 chapters anyway…the rest builds a foundation of how to think about the Bible that is necessary). The problem (and to me it’s a big hurdle) is that the book CONSTANTLY refers to MacArthurs (newly released at this book’s press time) new study Bible The MacArthur Study Bible. It’s what appears to be shameless self-promotion. I suppose I wouldn’t be upset if he had called this book Why you should buy the MacArthur Study Bible. I’m more frustrated because I wanted to give this as a gift (actually already gave 1 copy with a warning) to some people who are interested in learning more about the Bible. His self-promotion made me chuckle. Even after talking about it this much, I’m sure you still don’t have a good grasp, so, even though it’s going to make this review long, I’m going to give you some of the 168 page advertisement (that’s not really fair, but I’m frustrated).

  • Chapter 1: “…Man’s search for God must begin and end in the Scriptures because that is where God has revealed Himself. A personal resource, such as the MacArthur Study Bible, can help you learn more about God and what His plan is for your life.”
  • Chapter 2: “This becomes clear in the next aspect of our study. (Consult a Bible reference tool, such as the MacArthur Study Bible, for more on how God inspires the Scripture.)”
  • Chapter 3: “Are you studying the Bible with resources like the MacArthur Study Bible?”
  • Chapter 4: “We are to read it and study it with the useful Bible resources available to us, such as the MacArthur Study Bible”
  • Chapter 9: “References [sic] tools, such as the MacArthur Study Bible…”
  • “Resources like the MacArthur Study Bible and various Bible dictionaries can assist in this process.”

And more in Chapters 12, 13, 15, 16 and 17. It’s rough, and not what I’d expect from MacArthur at all. Maybe his publishing company put him up to this…I keep wanting to believe there’s a good explanation in all of it…I’ll post it if I find it.

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Note: This book review has been included in my site for historical purposes. I might not hold the same views as I did when it was written. If I don’t, hopefully I’m more right now…

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