Monday, December 9, 2013

A Tale of Two Kingdoms & God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation {review}

About the book

A great tool to assist the keen Bible student, A Tale of Two Kingdoms carefully traces the unfolding history of salvation described in the Holy Scriptures as it presents the antagonism between the kingdom of Christ and the kingdom of Satan. Over the centuries the physical gives way to the spiritual and Christ and His church are presented as the fulfillment of prophecy. Finally, the kingdom, which is not of this world, appears in apocalyptic vision to defeat the kingdom of darkness. The author details what went on in the silent years between the testaments. She concludes with the eschatological views of representative Apostolic Fathers. Yes, the Christ is on the throne and will soon appear in glory at His second advent.

My Thoughts

A Tale of Two Kingdoms is a Bible study broken down into two parts: Part One Waiting for the Promised Seed and Part two: Responding to the Promised Seed. Each part is further broken down into chapters. This study takes you through the Bible from the Old testament to the New testament.  It is a wonderful tool to use in conjunction with your Bible.  There are maps in the book as well as a Biblical time line to aid you with your study in the back of the book.

Gods story front cover

About the book

No one can appreciate the size or shape of a forest without flying over top of it to view the big picture. The Bible is like a forest and individual books are similar to trees. Studying small portions of Scripture is worthwhile and necessary. Nevertheless one of the first steps of discipleship after salvation should be an understanding of the big picture in the Bible. God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation will teach believers that the biblical storyline is Christ-centered.

Often people think of redemptive history only in terms of its promises in the Old Testament and its fulfillment in the New Testament. There is much more to the story than that. In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit also points to Christ through preparation for his birth, pictures or types, and anticipation. Since God’s story ultimately affects each one of us, it is worth the time and effort required to understand it. If you do this, you will discover a pearl of great value. Forgiveness of sin and reconciliation with God are the greatest needs of everyone past, present, and future. This redemption story brings glory to God and benefits believers.

My Thoughts

God’s Unfolding Story of Salvation is also a Bible study broken into five parts with a total of 38 lessons. This study is more interactive than the above book. Each lesson has scripture readings and questions that go with each lesson. In addition there is a summary after each lesson. There are maps throughout the book as well.

Both books tell the story of God’s salvation and while they can be used in conjunction with one another. I feel that they are better used independently.

Both books delve deep into the study of God’s word. While I feel that the Bible should be the main book you use to learn about God and hear His voice, I think these make a wonderful addition to your daily Bible study.

You can learn more about the author at her website here and download a sample of A Tale of Two Kingdoms  

About the author

Heather Kendall has an Honours BA from York University with a major in mathematics and a minor in latin. She is a ladies’ Bible study leader and a Sunday school teacher of two- and three-year-olds. She enjoys playing the piano, singing, and reading. She also likes swimming, hiking, boating, and cross-country skiing. Heather is married to her husband, a retired librarian. They have three grown children and two grandsons.

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