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Book Review: Route 66 – A crash course in navigating life with the Bible

Typically, people read books that fall into easy categories like fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry, etc. It’s much easier to wrap your head around what you’re reading when you know in what genre a book is. That is one of the challenges people have when reading the Bible however. Because it encompasses so many different genres (narrative, law, psalms, wisdom literature, prophets, gospels, epistles, apocalyptic) people sometimes have difficulty understanding how to read different sections differently, yet still trust that they are the inerrant word of God, breathed out by the Holy Spirit. Krish Kandiah’s Route 66: A Crash Course in Navigating Life with the Bible is an extremely helpful resource to equip people to read their Bible more clearly and, thus, make it a more worshipful experience to read their Bible.

The book is structured as an 8-week journey through the different literary genres present in the Bible intended for group study but equally usable for individuals. Each week has 5 lessons as well as a Small Group Study. Because we so rarely read the Bible in community, these studies are especially helpful as a way to encourage people to see the Bible as not just a personal “life instruction guide” but God’s revelation to use on how to live in worship of Him and community with others. Another very helpful resource in an 8-week Bible Reading plan. The author lists the books to read each week along with suggestions of how deeply to read each book (like a novel, like a bunch of letters, etc). Now this approach should not be followed for reading the Bible always, but for someone who is just getting started reading the Bible, this kind of guided instruction can significantly lower the barrier to what can be a daunting book.

My only “gripe” with Route 66 is it’s “British-ness”, which isn’t a problem, but something potential readers should be aware of. Many of the illustrations used are less familiar to American readers vs. readers in other countries, but that shouldn’t prevent anyone from profiting from this very useful book.

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book free from the publisher.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”