Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
Once again Dr. Creasy has enhanced my understanding of a familiar book through scholarly use of geopolitical and historic context. Although I have studied Acts in the past, this time around I learned more about Paul and his companions than ever before and as a result, for me they are now real and not just paper personalities. As always, I appeciate his clear presentation liberally flavored with good humor. Anyone looking for a Bible study that they can relate to needs to look into this series.
As always, Dr. Creasy takes a complex book of scripture and makes it accessible to the listener through context of its time and through the literary design of the writing. In a scholarly yet perfectly understandable introduction, he informs us how to understand prophetic writing at the primary level of the historical context of the day, and also the prophetic (future) message between the lines, often referring to the coming Messiah. Just that much information clarified my former confusion over what has always been mysterious. The four "Suffering Servant songs" in the final third of the book have never been so full of meaning and emotion until this reading. For anyone looking to gain understanding of Biblical scriptures, this series is the best I have ever found.
While Dr. Creasy was on his usual informative and scholarly game, in the early chapters on Solomon he tended to get distracted and kept jumping ahead to Solomon's son, Rehoboam. The loss of continuity is the reason for the loss of one star. But once past that early point, the rest of the book is excellently presented - especially the gleeful depiction of Jezebel's (literal) downfall.
This culminating work by the timeless master of evangelical expression moves quickly into the heart of the matter. This is a short volume so I won't spoil the fun, but as always Stott's theology and application interwine to produce memorable and poignant understandings that gestate in the soul and resonnate with believers from all denominational backgrounds.
There is some recycled material from conferences, but to my knowledge it was previously unpublished in any readily accessible format. If you are like me, and can't get enough of Stott's wisdom and kindness this final installment is a must have. I can't wait until more of his works are available on Audible. His commentaries, especially those on Paul's epistles are deeply insightful, and he is no less so in "The Radical Disciple" as he explores the same question Bill Mahrer ponders on his HBO show...what does following Jesus really look like, and why aren't we seeing more of it?
Enjoy! "The Cross of Christ" or "Ephesians" are wonderful next steps if you are just getting into Stott.