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Monday, August 2, 2010

Cherish the Word: Reflections on Luther's Spirituality by Thomas C. Peters

A simple series of Bible studies about everyday life

Lots and lots of Bible studies are concerned with literally studying the stories of the Bible. There is a place for that, but many times problems of everyday life are not addressed, or at least not directly.

This Bible study mines the immensely rich vein of Martin Luther's commentaries, sermons and even dinner table discussions in an attempt to create a Bible study that deals with 13 real life issues such as "Dealing With Temptations", "Counerfeit Christians", "Work...But Don't Worry", "Be Patient in Adversity" and "God Really Forgives Our Sins."

Luther's practical teachings written in everyday language and cemented in a thorough reading and study of the New Testament, shine throughout. Every short study (8-10 pages) begins with a relevant passage from the New Testament, a short story that frames the problem, Luther's relevant commentaries with supportive verses from the Bible and study/discussion questions. Sometimes a relevant hymn written by Luther is included as well.

I rate this study 4 stars out of 5.

Reviewed on March 4, 2010.

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