“Engaging, Well-Written Commentary for Non-Academics”
When I started this book, I didn't realize that it was by the same Andrew Wilson who wrote "God of All Things," another recent release that I greatly enjoyed. Once again, I appreciated this author's engaging style, clear and concise communication, and insight into complex elements of Scripture. Near the beginning, Wilson says that even though most people claim Romans or Ephesians as their favorite of Paul's letters, 1 Corinthians has always been his favorite. His enthusiasm comes through clearly as he engages with the text, provides cultural and historical context, relates 1 Corinthians to other parts of the Bible, and connects its themes to issues in our lives and churches today.
"1 Corinthians For You" is clear, engaging, and insightful. Even though I am very familiar with this letter from past Bible studies, readings, and sermon series at church, I found new insights here, and I especially appreciated getting Wilson's perspective on the spiritual gifts chapters, since he comes from a Pentecostal background. Although I have read other books that accurately portray a charismatic perspective, I don't think I had ever read a take on this part of 1 Corinthians from someone who is from that denominational background. I found that part of the book very helpful.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in digging into the text of 1 Corinthians, whether they are a pastor preparing a sermon series, a small group leader, or someone who wants additional insight as they read the book by themselves or with their family. "1 Corinthians For You" is easy to read, provides clear discussion questions, and includes a glossary in the back for words and phrases that readers may not be familiar with. This book is a very accessible, helpful resource.
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.