I love Charles Swindoll’s Great Lives series and have been reading through some of them over at Reading to Know. (Esther was my latest to complete.) Swindoll has the ability to point out the practical in scripture and for that reason, I very much appreciate him and his work!
I was beyond delighted to discover that Zondervan Publishers had just released a new book by him entitled Insights on Romans. Apparently the plan is for Swindoll to take us through the New Testament, making each book a little bit more easy for the common man to understand.
The reason I love and promote Swindoll is because he is easy to understand. You don’t feel, by reading anything he has written or by listening to him on the radio, that he is brow beating you or lording faith over you. He comes across like the nice older gentleman which I am certain that he is. His heart’s desire is to open up the scriptures in a way that “regular people” like you and I can understand and find useful. He is simplistic, without watering anything down, if that makes sense. He’s bold but not high handed, I guess I would say. Swindoll provides plenty of challenges to his reader by drawing forth truths and applications from the Bible and then it is as if he has kindly handed over his thoughts to you for you to ponder. He’s very friendly and engaging and understands life. I love how he opens up the Bible and shares it. Time and time again I’ve just reveled in Swindoll’s approach to the Bible and therefore I’m really excited about this new book on Romans.
Insights on Romans includes an introduction to the Book of Romans to paint the big picture, commentary (by scripture section as well as individual verses), a list of maps so that you’ll be able to sort through what is happening, and excerpts from Swindoll’s journal which share his own practical applications of the scriptures he is reading and opening up for the reader.
Swindoll helps make the Bible approachable in a down home sort of way so I’m happy to point out this resource if you’ve not yet seen it. He also has a new title, Insights on John which has not yet been released but you can keep an eye out for it! I’m excite to see it myself.
I really don’t go for many prepared Bible studies because I find it so difficult to connect to them. I’d prefer to either read the scripture for myself or receive verbal encouragement and instruction. But in the case of Swindoll – I’m all in!