Friday, August 16, 2019

Book review: Core 52 by Mark E. Moore

About the Book

Build your Bible IQ and Christian worldview in just fifteen minutes a day! Over the course of a year, Core 52 will help you master the 52 most important passages in the Bible.

“You will gain the tools you need for living the life God has called you to.”—Kyle Idleman, pastor and author of Not a Fan


“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”—1 Timothy 4:8

Most of us want to know the Bible better, but few reach our goal, often because we’re too busy or we don’t know where to start. Core 52 removes both barriers, offering a common-sense solution that fits into our busy lives. Respected Bible professor and teaching pastor Mark E. Moore developed this proven process from thirty-five years of helping people grow deeper in God’s Word.

Each week features a brief essay, memory verse, Bible story, trajectory verses, and practical ways to put what you’ve learned into practice. An optional “Overachiever Challenge” offers the chance to memorize the top 100 Bible verses by year’s end.

This simple approach allows you to become familiar with the big ideas of the Bible in less time and with less effort than other reading plans. In one year, you can master the core of the Bible—focusing on topics from God’s will to worry, happiness to holiness, and leadership to love. These fifty-two core passages are lenses through which you can read the rest of the Bible with clarity and confidence.

My Review

I appreciated the concept behind the book-that there are fifty-two core verses in the Bible that form a foundation for what the entire Bible teaches.  That could be overwhelming-to tackle that in one year, but I found this book to be very user-friendly.  It's set up to explore each topic for five days, but in easily "digestible" bits and pieces.

It works for me.  The essays are interesting to read, and the Scripture reading is appropriate.  One of the assignments each week is to memorize the key verse, and I have embraced that challenge as I work through the book.  For those who struggle with memorizing Scripture, following this plan and reviewing often makes it doable.

Full disclosure:  I have not read through the whole book yet, but from what I have worked through, I recommend it.  I've found the content to be theologically sound and applicable.  This book is good for individual use, and would be a great tool to use in a small group, Sunday School class, discipleship, or for an entire church.

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, WaterBrook, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

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About the Author

Mark E. Moore is an acclaimed author and teaching pastor at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Phoenix, Arizona. He previously spent two decades as a New Testament professor at Ozark Christian College. Whether by helping people make sense of Christianity or teaching students to understand the Bible, Mark’s life passion is to make Jesus famous. Mark and his wife, Barbara, reside in Phoenix, Arizona.

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