Tuesday, June 22, 2010

H.O.L.Y. B.I.B.L.E.: A Compliment to Your Daily Bible Study

by Wesley J. Malcolm
Paperback, $19.99
286 pages, Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-4490-4049-9

Book Review by Kam Williams

“I only hope that the simple but insightful Principles captured in this book will allow for you, the reader, to first get within yourself and be guided in a positive way by the instructions given out by God for a healthy, quality, and satisfied life. Secondly, I hope that others will be stimulated and encouraged by you to get within themselves by studying and meditating on the Word of God.”
-- Excerpted from the Preface (pgs. xi-xviii)

Did you ever try reading the entire Bible cover to cover? If so, then you know that some of it is so boring (“So-and-so begat so-and-so who begat so-and-so” and so forth) that your eyes tend to glaze over after a couple of pages. And a lot of what’s not sleep-inducing is so dense that you could use a help discerning the messages being imparted by God in particular passages.
For this reason, Christians might make good use of H.O.L.Y. B.I.B.L.E.: A Compliment to Your Daily Bible Study. If you notice, there’s a period after each letter in the title, that’s because each one stands for the first letter in the mnemonic: Humble Obedience Leverages Your Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.
The book was written by Wesley J. Malcolm, a man of humble origins hailing from Simsboro, Louisiana who over the course of his career worked his way up from janitor to assistant vice president of a major financial institution. But this opus was inspired less by any of the author’s worldly accomplishments than by a love of God whose name he promises to praise forever.
The text might best be thought of as an unpretentious, plain English interpretation of the Bible which breaks down each book by chapter and verse, starting with Genesis clear through to Revelation. To give you an idea of what to expect, here’s how Mr. Malcolm explains the scriptures relating the story of Adam and Eve: “Giving in to temptation only weakens our faith.” Then, after all the entries for all the individual chapters, he summarizes Genesis with, “We should always put God first with less value on wealth, comfort and success.”
A practical companion to the Good Book for anybody who’s been Born Again, and it would probably prove probably come in handy at home for folks with kids too fidgety to pay attention during Sunday School.

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