Reading the Bible is one of the most neglected spiritual disciplines in our day. Well-intentioned people set the Word of God aside for a multitude of reasons, none of which are valid excuses. How to Eat Your Bible, by Nate Pickowicz, provides a biblical corrective as well as a prescription for moving forward in a way that promotes spiritual health and vitality.
One of the great strengths of this book is its simplicity. It reads like a first-year Bible College text books for students needing some basic encouragement. Pickowicz begins by challenging readers to affirm the great worth of the Bible. Appealing to the Reformed principle of sola Scriptura, he urges readers to see that God’s Word is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16).
He also shows how the Bible radically changes God’s people when they read it, study it, meditate upon it, and memorize it. It changes our minds, spirits, emotions, and wills.
Indeed, as Pickowicz writes, “The Word of God is sufficient to minister to every part of our condition and has the power to transform us in all the way of godliness.” The conclusion: The people of God should hunger and thirst for Scripture.
The author also adds some basic exegetical and hermeneutical help that will serve readers well as they dig into Scripture. With that, he introduces the seven-year Bible study method. This approach is distinct from the typical strategy that encourages Bible readers to move from Genesis to Revelation in a year’s time.
Pickowicz presents a strategy that he developed (inspired by John MacArthur’s method). The strategy involves reading books of the Bible multiple times with an eye on detail and a motive for understanding and transformation.
How to Eat Your Bible should be required reading for every new Christian. But people who have been walking with God for some time will receive benefit from this excellent volume as well. In the end, the author is pleading for people to open their Bibles and be revolutionized.