Rarely do I review a book prior to finishing it, in the case of The Portable Seminary by David Horton I am making an exception. The extent of the book has my kindle telling me, 12% in, I have 18 hours to go! I feel, as the book is recently launched, that I must give It positive feedback at this point.
From the back cover, the book tasks itself with deepening the reader biblical and theological knowledge covering the major topics of a typical seminary master’s program. In the first three chapters, I found my mind challenged, my understanding extended and my faith strengthened! In a series of papers, it encouraged me to pause and consider elements of Christianity which I have taken for granted or avoided. The content is intense and, at times, requires reading over more than once to fully comprehend it.
Favourite lines include:
“A Christian’s devotional interpretation can always be improved because personal needs keeps changing. Suddenly one may see important things that were missed before, even in favorite passage studied many times.”
”Finitude can not comprehend infinity, nor can human thought patterns, which are associated with the created environment, completely grasp the transcendent realm of God.”
I look forward to digesting the upcoming chapters before writing a further review. However, if this topic appeals, I highly recommend this book!
From the back cover:
Deepen your biblical and theological knowledge without the time, expense, and formality of seminary. In this extensively updated book, discover all the major topics in a typical seminary master’s program authoritatively taught by respected professors, authors, and leaders. This introduction to a biblical studies degree is ideal for the layperson or anyone in vocational ministry who lacks the time or finances to attend classes, who lives where formal training is unavailable, or whose previous education is primarily secular. Study what you want, when you want.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.