Have you ever watched a film where the opening scenes turns out to be the ending, and then the rest of the movie shows you how that conclusion was reached?
Kevin DeYoung’s book, Taking God at His Word, does a similar thing as he begins his book at the end with the application.
DeYoung like the Psalmist who wrote down the words of Psalm 119, wants us to believe that God’s Word says what is true, demands what is right, and provides what is good. He wants us to delight in God’s Word, desire God’s Word, and depend on God’s Word. And He wants us to sing God’s Word, speak God’s Word, study God’s Word, store up God’s Word, obey God’s Word, praise God for His Word, and pray that God would act according to it.
And the way he says that will happen, is as we understand what the Bible says about the Bible.
So what we have in the rest of the book unsurprisingly, are seven chapters unpacking key passages of the Bible and as he does, he covers a huge amount of ground. He explains how the Bible is God’s Word, it is true and inerrant, it is sufficient, clear, and authoritative, it is relevant to all of life and necessary for salvation, and worth sticking with,
As you’d expect if you’ve read any of DeYoung’s previous books, this one is easy to read, thoroughly biblical, helpfully practical and accessible to all. He really does have the knack of being able to make complex things simple and straightforward.
Taking God at His Word is a solid introduction or refresher on the doctrine of Scripture. It would make a good book to give away if you are looking for something more substantial and less yellow than a book like ‘Can I really trust the Bible?’ In addition, for pastors and preachers, the eight chapters would provide a good basis for a teaching series on the Bible which is something I might one day do.
Thank you Crossway for providing a free copy of this book through Beyond the Page.