The Story Behind ‘The Good Book’

May 23rd, 2017

The Good Book by Deron Spoo offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas. Designed as a forty-day journey through forty key chapters of the Bible, The Good Book will appeal to those who already love and read the Bible regularly as well as to those who are just beginning their Christian journey. The Good Book is great for individuals, and it can also be used by small groups in an eight-week church-wide program or a forty-week journey that focuses on one Bible chapter each week. The Good Book will help people understand and live by the transformative truths of the Bible. Read our interview with Deron to learn more!


Tells us a bit about your book—what inspired you to write it?

The Good Book is a result of a conversation with a young woman who had never read the Bible before. I wanted to provide for her a resource that would assist in her understanding the Scripture. When I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for, I decided to write it.

What is the main message of your book?

It is good to understand more of the Bible. But this is not the main goal of The Good Book. The main message? Fall in love with God. As we understand God’s word, we begin to comprehend his heart. The end goal of the Scripture must be a deeper affection for God. Any reading of the Bible that does not result in a greater love for God is nothing more than theological trivia.

What was the hardest part about writing nonfiction?

As with any writing, the greatest challenge is time. It takes time to produce writing that is worth reading. On a good day, if I can produced one publishable page, I consider that an accomplishment. Writing is a glacially slow labor of love.

What is one thing you learned while writing The Good Book?

Writing a book is a team sport! I had assumed that producing a book was a solo effort. Not so! My publisher—David C Cook—surrounded me what an incredible team of people who offered their expertise that resulted in a better book than what I would have produced on my own. I thank God for these gifted people.

Do you have any advice for those interested in writing nonfiction?

Pick up a pen and start writing! I have heard so many people say, “I have always thought about writing a book . . . .” Well, if you feel like God has given you a message, then quit thinking about it and get started!

What are you working on next?

Without going into specifics, yes, I have a couple of ideas in the works. My personality is one that prefers to have a lot of irons in the fire. I like the challenge of thinking fresh thoughts every day.

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Deron Spoo

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Deron Spoo is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over the past 16 years, Spoo has guided the church as it transitions from being simply a downtown church to a regional church committed to urban ministry. Church members describe him as “down to earth” and “authentic.” His television devotionals, “First Things First,” reach 100,000 people each week. Spoo is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Paula, have three children.

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