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Playing With Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul [Paperback]

By Walter Russell (Author)
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For the reader who equates reading the Bible to watching grass grow, Playing With Fire shows them how powerful and exciting scripture can be. Walt Russell teaches us how to study different sections of the Bible in ways that change reader's perception of God's word and transforms their lives. This material has been used in Russell's college courses with life-changing results. He gives detailed examples for studying each section of the Bible and helps readers refine their ability to read and interpret it, providing the essential tools for unlocking the meaning of God's Word. This is part of the NavPress Spiritual Formation Line which focuses on bringing radical soul transformation rather than outward conformity to the ordinary Christian.

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Bible scholar Walt Russell insists that when we study the Scriptures properly, it is like playing with fire--a fire that can ignite dramatic change in our souls.
With an intelligent, engaging style, Russell puts the tools in your hands that enable you to study different styles of biblical writing in depth. And this fuller understanding of God's Word unleashes a heart-transforming power that burns away your defenses like fire, bringing radical change to your life.

From Publishers Weekly
Russell wants every Christian to use the Bible to ignite a brandishing flame within the heart and mind. As a professor of Bible at Talbot School of Theology and chairman of biblical studies and theology at Biola University, Russell's teaching experience has spanned 30 years. His passion for the Bible, and the life-changing work that can result from studying and understanding it, is contagious. Russell encourages readers to use five steps to effectively interpret Scripture: identify the genre of the biblical passage (since specific rules apply to different types of writing), determine the main theme and condense it into one sentence, make observations about the structure of the passage, discover the meaning of the Scripture and internalize how it affects us and, finally, make personal application to our lives. Throughout this 13-chapter text, Russell overviews each biblical book's primary and secondary contributions, then reflects upon the internal applications gleaned from the reading. He takes readers through various books of the Bible using a top-down approach, descending from the overarching biblical genre through the unit, paragraph, sentence and eventually to a single word. Russell's admonition to get serious about playing with biblical fire will likely motivate the serious-minded professional, student or layperson. (June) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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Playing With Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul by Walter Russell has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/29/2000 page 75
  • Publishers Weekly - 05/22/2000

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   287
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.38" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.77"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 16, 2000
Publisher   NavPress Publishing Group
ISBN  1576831426  
ISBN13  9781576831427  

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This is a MUST READ   Jun 13, 2008
The author is a colleague of my husband's. Frankly, I had a bit of an attitude about this book ten years ago after a day long seminar because I was ignorant and felt Russell might be overly confining God. Spring semester 2008 it was my text book for Biblical Interpretation and Spiritual Formation at Biola University. Midway through the book I found myself apologizing to Walt Russell for my previous attitude and utter ignorance and told him how much this book has helped me correctly read, understand and apply the Bible in my life. He received my confession with great amusement and humility. This book will help you understand how we all mis-read and mis-apply scripture in ingnorance. Russell is rock solid in his qualifications & knowledge as a scholar and this is a great book written for the common man. Easy read; IMPORTANT read.
I really enjoy Walt Russell's writing  Mar 26, 2008
After hearing some audio of Dr. Russell, I purchased his book and found it very relative to Bible endeavors. Without criticizing or comparing him to others, I found it very insightful. If you read this Mr. Russell, thanks-Mike
Outstanding Book on Hermeneutics  Sep 5, 2005
Dr. Russell has served as professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology since 1990. Among the courses taught by Dr. Russell is Hermeneutics (the art and science of biblical interpretation). Playing With Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul, exemplifies why Dr. Russell is such a respected professor by his students and fellow faculty members. In a succinct, engaging, and accurate format, he presents crucial methods needed in developing a balanced approach for proper understanding and application of the Bible. This book represents much of the content of his course on hermeneutics, a required course for all seminary students (for good reasons). Carefully interwoven into the fabric of methodology are the aspects of spiritual formation, often neglected in hermeneutics. One will especially profit from chapter 1 and Dr. Russell's explanation of how the western existential worldview "tints our perspective," and also from chapter 4 where he explains the use of Letio Divina (spiritual reading). I have taught both Bible survey and hermeneutics for several years, and it is without hesitation that I recommend Dr. Russell's book. One's Bible reading will be markedly enriched after reading and studying Playing With Fire.
M. Adler
Ph.D. Student, Talbot School of Theology
Not awful, but a bit disappointing  Jan 4, 2002
First, let me say that I read this book and Fee's and Stuart's book "How to Read the Bible for all its Worth" in the same month. My analysis: Although they were written in the same style and utilize similar material, I thought "Playing with Fire" was not quite as clear and not as thought-provoking as "Read the Bible." Truly Dr. Russell is a thinker--I am fully impressed with their Bible program at Biola--and if I had not read "Read the Bible" at the same time, perhaps I would have liked his book more than I did. Russell does utilize some beneficial charts and makes several good points throughout. However, while this book could be beneficial, I hestitate to recommend it when there is a better book on the same subject available to you.

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