The Good Book

The Good Book

The Good Book: 40 Chapters That Reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas (David C. Cook, April 2017)

The Good Book offers a user-friendly guide to the Bible’s biggest ideas.

A chapter from the Bible accompanies each chapter of the book, which helps readers understand the context and content of the Scripture passages in a way that can open the whole Bible.

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 a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;
—gives new believers an overview of the Bible and lays a framework to help them understand Scripture passages;
—helps longtime Christians rediscover the basic themes of Scripture and experience these truths in a new way; and
—encourages Scriptural literacy as it pushes readers to read both one chapter of the book and one chapter of the Bible each day for forty days.

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.

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  • I thought this would be another theological spiritual book filled with tough and unbearable concept about Bible passages. To my surprise Deron Spoo chose very easy-to-understand voice in dis-ciphering 40 biggest ideas through the Scriptures.

  • This is especially helpful for new converts as well as Bible study leaders. But it’s also a great tool for everyone. We all have the goal of a personal relationship with God, this is a handbook to help you with that.

  • Geaux2Girl says:

    It’s not supposed to take the place of Bible reading but rather to help give context and color to what sometimes is too familiar or utterly foreign, depending on your upbringing. Think of it as an introductory study book for the new believer or someone still seeking to understand what the Bible is all about. ‘The Good Book’ is definitely a step apart from the usual Bible studies. When you are ready to approach God’s word from a new, birdseye, perspective, pick this one up.

  • Some of what the author wrote might help new Christians get a sense of hat God is saying and how it impacts your life. It is meant to help people know God, it is a starting place, then people can explore the many chapters left in the Bible that has so much to feed on. I don’t think the author meant to write the book as a shortcut to deeper studies or reading through the whole Bible, so I hope readers don’t use this book in that manner.

  • This is a good book for people who are not familiar with the Bible. Reading the whole Bible may seem intimidating but reading the 40 major themes is doable. The Bible passages are included so no need to have a Bible alongside. The commentary by Spoo is informative and I like his reflection questions too.

  • This is a great tool to use as you study the Bible or read it alone. It breaks the bible down to where it’s easy to understand what’s being said. I like the historical information the author adds as well as the stories he shares. He has highlighted forty chapters and points out how the things that happened years ago are still relevant to us today.

  • If you are looking for a closer walk with God, then please, look no further than this book. It is a book that is well written, and well organized. The aspects of this book are wonderful and really leave the reader thinking things through.

  • A good book for anyone that likes to study the Bible but has a hard time figuring out the passages. It has smooth written chapters that helps to organize thought and discuss it in groups.

  • THE GOOD BOOK by Deron Spoo is a 40 day journey that can help you know the Bible if it is new for you, or, learn deeper truths and grow closer to God. There is a Bible story followed by contemporary explanations and examples that help understand the Bible better. I loved this book. I thought going in it might be geared more for someone who is new to the Bible and that I might “know” everything. I loved the way the author gave further commentary and information, especially the history and personal examples.

  • In the introduction, the author discussed how the bible is hard to understand at times, even for advanced readers at times. I know I struggle with certain things in the bible, which is why I downloaded a few translations on both my Kindle and phone to better understand context.

  • I loved how the author breaks down scriptures and shows us what the word means. It is very in-depth and powerful. At the end of each chapter is a Reflection. It really makes you take a look at yourself and see where there are areas you need to work on in in your life.

  • Moments says:

    I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, how it would be laid out or what all would be within the book.  Deron has divided this book into 40 chapters, each chapter focusing on a section of the Bible, beginning with the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1, and stressing just how priceless each of us are, as we are each made in God’s image. 

  • Pastor Deron Spoo presents his latest book “The Good Book” for your education. This is truly a remarkable presentation of what Pastor Deron believes to be the 40 chapters that reveal the Bible’s Biggest Ideas. Regardless if you are a lifelong Bible student or just starting out in that endeavor you will love and learn from what the author of this book has written.

  • I would recommend this amazing book for anyone. A mature reader/believer will uncover and discover a newer and challenging understanding of God’s promises. A younger or new believer or seeker will be drawn in; quite possible for the first time and feel God’s love and presence.

  • An excellent resource that is well laid out and well written!

  • I am enjoying working through this book. Each section is composed of five chapters and I like the way these chapters are “bite-sized”. I am folding this reading into my quiet time and that is working nicely.

  • The book is well written and put together very well. It is obvious the author did a lot of study and research and didn’t settle on these 40 passages quickly and without much thought. His commentary after each section is well said and valuable also. I would definitely recommend this book to any Christian, no matter where they are on their spiritual journey.

  • The Good Book by Deron Spoo is a book I would readily give to someone who’s looking at a Bible for the first time. It’s great for a general overview of the Big Story that unfolds from Genesis to Revelation, and its personal application will help the Bible to become more personal to the reader.

  • The Good Book is a wonderful study of the Bible, because it studies 40 important passages of the Bible, that gives the reader a well-rounded view of the whole of the Bible.

  • The Good Book by Deron Spoo is ideal for Bible beginners who are looking to understand the Bible in perspective and its passages in context. It is a good resource to put into the hands of Bible beginners who are seeking to grow in their understanding of the Word of God.

  • In our society and in the church across the world, where biblical illiteracy is a huge issue, The Good Book is a needed resource. I’m thankful for Deron Spoo’s work in pulling together the information in this book.

  • I am very impressed with this book. Easy to read, easy to understand, and I gained new prospective on Bible stories I have read many times before. This is a great resource to gift a new believer, it will give them the confidence they need to not be intimidated by the Bible.

  • Deron Spoo’s The Good Book is an excellent book – one that will encourage and enable non-Christians and new Christians to read the actual Bible!

  • I think this is a great book for anyone who is new to the Bible or who wants to take a different approach in reading or re-reading some of the chapters that contain the Bible’s biggest ideas. Even though I am very familiar with the scriptures presented, I enjoyed the way the book was written and it gave me a chance to re-read some chapters that I don’t come across often in my daily devotionals or scripture writing. It is easy to read and the author gives us insight into how to apply the Biblical chapters presented in the book into our daily lives.

  • More of Him says:

    It is definitely a good book for new believers or would be a great book for sharing the Gospel principles to others. I love how it explains things so well without being dry. It’s an excellent book and I highly recommend it! I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

  • “The Good Book” by Deron Spoo presents the forty biggest ideas of the bible and unlocks the Bible’s major themes. Spoo makes the Bible come alive for those who may be intimidated by the length of the Bible.

  • Reflections says:

    This is a resource which will be helpful for many who seek to understand the Bible more fully. If you have picked up a Bible in the past and set it aside because you have found it confusing, this could be a very helpful resource to connect further with in helping understand more fully who God is.

  • As a Catholic family, I find sometimes we struggle with Biblical interpretations as the Catholic Church, while using the Bible weekly, in general has a different role for the Bible (or at least that is how it was in my 1970’s and up upbringing) with a heavy emphasis on the Gospels and a weekly emphasis on the pastor interpreting readings from the Old and New Testaments, but not a lot of individual interpretation. As an adult, I am now seeing (at least at my parish) Bible study groups and Bible reading groups, which is new to me. So – I love finding books that help me to interpret the many wonderful passages of the Bible.

  • Fruitbearers says:

    Though I am familiar with all 40 chapters (half from the Old Testament and half from the New Testament) that the author selected for this book, I enjoyed reading and learning from the book…It’s theologically sound and easy to understand. The author often uses real life stories, historical facts, or scientific facts to demonstrate lessons/truths from the Bible. He shows how God’s Word is valuable and applicable to our daily life.

  • I recommend the book to anyone interested in learning more about the general scope of the Bible. If you are a serious student of the Bible I would recommend a good one volume commentary. It really depends where you are in you spiritual journey and biblical understanding. The Good Book is practical and it is a great resource for those who have had little exposure to the Bible. It is a good resource to start with.

  • A most excellent book and can be used in several different ways. I love the uniqueness of this book. It’s informative in its overview of the Bible as it highlights 40 key truths or ideas about God, from Genesis to Revelation. These aren’t exhaustive, but rather 40 that the author chose – and I have to say that he chose well. The Good Book would be excellent for new believers or seekers, especially those with little to no church background, and I’ve already recommended it to our pastor. It is suitable for Christians at all maturity levels. I read with highlighter in hand, enjoying its inspiration and freshness.

  • This was an intriguing and interesting book as it goes through 40 of the major ideas and concepts in the Bible. Well researched and thought provoking this book is a great read. Whether you are a new Christian or have been in the faith for a long time I feel that this book holds an appeal for everyone as there truly is so much insight and wisdom to be found!

  • I believe that you will find time spent reading The Good Book to be time well spent indeed. Pray for guidance. God will be happy to oblige. He loves you with an unending love.

  • As a pastor I found this book to be a great resource and a must in a pastors/churches library. If you want to get a better understanding of the Bible this book is for you. is a resource which will be helpful for many who seek to understand the Bible more fully. I loved the way Spoo set up individual chapters and then followed each one with reflection questions and ways for the reader to become more fully engaged in the Bible.

  • The challenge that many new believers face in knowing where to begin their reading of the Bible, and how it all relates together, can be an overwhelming thing. Biblical illiteracy is sadly a huge thing in our society today, even though most homes contain at least one copy of a Bible. For some, the overwhelming feeling of not knowing where to start keeps them from digging in and really reading the scriptures. Author Deron Spoo, has written a book that offers valuable help in this area. This wonderful resource contains 40 chapters that are divided into eight main sections with five chapters in each section.

  • This was an intriguing and interesting book as it goes through 40 of the major ideas and concepts in the Bible. Well researched and thought provoking this book is a great read. Whether you are a new Christian or have been in the faith for a long time I feel that this book holds an appeal for everyone as there truly is so much insight and wisdom to be found!

  • The Good Book:
    -is a great evangelism tool for explaining the major themes of Scripture to those who want to know more about God, Jesus, and the core beliefs of Christianity;

  • This is a perfect gift book, book for Sunday School classes or small groups to go through, or just a book to read on your own as a devotional, which is what I did. I enjoyed Deron’s easy style of writing and his way of drawing the reader in and making the content interesting while still providing essential truths. The ideas Deron focuses on are the very basic building blocks of Christianity, which makes The Good Book a very accessible guide to new believers while also being a good refresher course for those who have been Christians for awhile.

  • This review is for the book “The Good Book” by Deron Spoo. In this book, the author goes over forty chapters in the Bible that reveal the biggest ideas from the Bible. I absolutely loved this idea and was really excited to read it. I really was not disappointed and found this book very interesting.

  • Gena McCown says:

    I was thrilled by The Good Book by Deron Spoo because it is a resource that I can put into my personal study library and revisit often. Between the covers, Deron Spoo has explored forty major themes found in the Bible. Spoo doesn’t just set us down to tell us what he thinks, but begins each theme on the foundations of the Scriptures in full content, not just a random verse or two. Then he expounds upon the theme from the scripture and encourages personal reflection at the end of the chapter. This isn’t just a book for reading, but a book for study, sharing, and for future reference.

    I’d recommend this book for new believers who are trying to grapple with the entirety of the Bible; as well as seasoned believers who may enjoy a fresh perspective.

  • The Bible is a lot to unpack. It is filled with stories, lessons, history, and so much more. The Good Book is a great tool to help unpack and understand all that the Bible has to offer. It’s divided into eight different parts pertaining to each theme or lesson, if you will, to make things even easier. The author has created this tool so that readers can take reading and understanding the Bible step-by-step so you don’t feel overwhelmed and/or confused. A great learning and teaching tool from the beginner to the seasoned.

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