“Clear and Thorough Biblical Exposition”
This new installment in the God's Word for You series focuses on the gospel of Mark, going through it verse by verse in fairly short, readable sections. This book is longer than some of the others in the series, particularly since there are so many story-driven details to break down instead of just ideas to discuss, but Jason Meyer is a thoughtful, faithful guide, focusing on the meaning of Scripture and providing multiple possible interpretations for elements that are less clear or sometimes debated.
This will appeal to people who are interested in better understanding the story of Jesus at a deep, detailed level, especially if they want something written in a conversation style instead of going through an academic-style commentary. The book also includes helpful application insights for current issues, without letting any of these elements overshadow the primary meaning of the text to its original audience. I found this book helpful and encouraging, and appreciated the different cultural insights and connections to the Old Testament that Meyer included. Although I'm familiar with the content of Mark, I had never gone through it so slowly, and it helped me to see things I hadn't picked up on before.
"Mark For You" is a great resource for pastors who are planning to preach through the gospel of Mark, especially if they are looking for insight into how to delve deeper into some of the themes instead of just focusing on the surface-level, most obvious elements of the narrative. This would also be a great Bible study resource for groups or personal use, especially because of the open-ended and thoughtful reflection questions, and could be used for family devotions with older children.
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.