Do you struggle with reading the Bible on your own? I do.
You’ll never find me without a good bible study on my coffee table- with folded pages, highlighter and pen nearby. I have an ongoing stack of books either waiting to be read, or I am currently reading, all written by faithful writers who offer their gift in helping others grow their faith through God’s word. They take up most of my bookshelves, table space, and desk surface. I’m a glutton for any good book that will teach me more about The Good Book and help me grow my Christian faith. I often buy them as gifts for friends too.
I’m kind of a Christian book hoarder.
Love me some Christian books- all shapes and sizes and authors and studies.
I am so grateful for every single one of them because each book helped me to understand the Bible more and gave me guidance in discerning God’s holy text with better clarity to apply His Truth in my life. I’m not sure my faith would have grown over the years if it weren’t for these authors and their wisdom.
You see, I’ve never felt assured that I would completely understand God’s word on my own. Sure, I’ve grown to feel comfortable in many of the New Testament books, through all these studies and small groups I have belonged to over the years. But from the beginning of my own faith walk, I always looked for and leaned on others to decipher and discern God’s Word. And there’s so much in this Holy Book I still don’t understand- there’s so much I need to learn, to discover, to comprehend, because my gosh it often feels so complicated and overwhelmingly sophisticated for my little brain.
I’ve always been inspired and in awe of Christians who have the gift of discerning God’s Word because I have never felt confident I could. And although I have depended on them often, I am well aware that the most important thing I can do as a Christian, is open The Good Book myself and take in the nourishment directly from God.
More often than not, I hesitate to do this. More often than not, I choose to grab my comfort zone books, Bible studies, and devotionals that will walk me through the Bible, instead of trekking it alone. I’ve surely grown this way and yet, I need to challenge myself further and discover the power of God’s Word straight from the source. Straight from Him.
When I heard about Summer Lacy’s book, “His Word Alone. A call to put down your Bible studies and pick up your Bible“, I immediately gasped with both conviction and excitement, because I knew I needed to read it. I jumped at the chance to get a copy and review it, because I felt it was written just for me.
And maybe it was written for you too?
Oh friends, if you can relate to anything I’ve said about the Bible- if you struggle to understand God’s Word, or simply find yourself relying on others to read it-
You need this book.
Not only will it encourage you and give you an entirely new perspective on the significance of reading God’s Word for yourself, but Summer dives deeply into sorting out our motivations and expectations behind our approach to reading the Bible.
This entire book was truly eye-opening and resonated so much with me. From the very first chapter, I felt like she SO gets it. She gets ME. I wasn’t the only one who struggles with reading God’s Word alone.
“I had spent years studying the Bible by this point, yet still had no confidence in my ability to understand it on my own. It seems my constant reliance on Bible studies had handicapped me in a way I didn’t expect. I have become dependent on those who knew the Bible better than me to teach the Bible to me and neglected my responsibility to dig into God’s Word on my own. I had allowed the Bible Study to replace my own study of the Bible.” (Excerpt from His Word Alone) <–THIS. IS. ME.
Summer’s compassionate and friendly voice helped me feel less threatened about such a difficult and intense topic as this because she so beautifully laces comforting encouragement through all her practical and wise suggestions when reading the Bible on your own.
Summer offers you a basic step by step process with clear examples in how to approach and read the Bible in ways that will equip you and enable you to be blessed by God’s Word without the bridge of a bible study. Although she is very adamant to clarify that Bible Studies are both valuable and worthy of our time, it’s the power of receiving and soaking in God’s Living Word directly that is not only an option for us believers, but it is expected.
There is no other route to God more direct than picking up His Word and hearing His Voice speak to you in a very intimate and powerful way, not filtered and deciphered through others, but straight from His Heart to yours.
I highlighted and folded so many pages I will be referring to, as I begin my new journey diving into the Bible on my own. I believe people like me, who shy away from this direct connection to God, are missing out on the most profound journey of our lives.
When you finish reading His Word Alone, you will hold a newfound sense of urgency to go straight to God’s source of power- The Bible: His Living Word. You will grow confident through Summer’s honest and heartfelt encouragement, and you will feel assured that God’s Truth will transform your faith in new and significant ways.
This book will be my most important “Bible Study” guide, because it has prepared me, equipped me, and taught me how to read it alone.
Friends, I promise you- this book will be the *second* most important book you could ever own. If you have always been hesitant to read the bible for yourself, if you’ve struggled to understand it, or if you are curious to learn more about the Bible- you need to get this book.
I’ll leave you with Summer’s inspiring and convicting words and call to us all:
“God’s Word is infinitely more worthy than any of the libraries of words written about His Word. There comes a point when every Bible study girl needs to sit down with nothing but her Bible. No pastor, teacher, or other intermediary. Just a girl and her Bible. This type of intimate meeting with the Lord through His Word produces a level of knowledge of Him that can be obtained through no other means. It is not only beneficial to study God’s Word in this way, it is necessary; a responsibility God has placed upon each and every Believer. Pick up your Bible. He’ll meet you there.”
You can buy it HERE on Amazon.