Item description for Taking Back the Good Book: How America Forgot the Bible and Why It Matters to You by Woodrow Michael Kroll...
Overview America faces a great crisis: the Book that has played an integral role in developing and forming our great nation is now the same Book that few read and even fewer understand. Taking Back the Good Book explores how America has developed an apathetic-sometimes hostile-attitude toward biblical principles. To counter this troubling attitude, Kroll offers practical suggestions to help Christians develop a personal strategy to fuel their passion for and understanding of God's Word. This, in turn, will energize America's Christians to impact their nation-and the world-for Christ.
Early America was saturated by the Bible. Our founding fathers referenced biblical principles in government documents, women named their babies after Bible characters, and children learned to read the Bible in school. But America has strayed from her biblical foundation.
Today America faces a great crisis: the Book that has played an integral role in developing and forming our nation is now the same Book that few read and even fewer understand. The lack of biblical literacy among Christians encourages Satan's attacks to weaken and inhibit an intimate relationship with our Savior. But there is hope.
Taking Back the Good Book explores America's apathetic-even hostile-attitude toward biblical principles. Kroll offers practical suggestions to help Christians foster a deep love and understanding of God's Word and develop a personal strategy to fuel their passion and understanding of the Bible.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook
Studio: Crossway Audio
Running Time: 240.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.13" Width: 6.95" Height: 0.65" Weight: 0.29 lbs.
Release Date Mar 29, 2007
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
ISBN 1581349157 ISBN13 9781581349153
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More About Woodrow Michael Kroll
Woodrow Kroll reaches millions internationally through his radio and television ministry, "Back to the Bible. "His radio programs are heard on more than 800 stations in the U.S. and hundreds more internationally. He holds a master s in divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a doctorate in theology from Geneva-St. Albans Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Virginia. Wood, whose clear, incisive teaching keeps him in demand as a speaker all over the world, is the author of more than thirty books. He and his wife, Linda, have four children and twelve grandchildren and live in Ashland, Nebraska."
Woodrow Michael Kroll currently resides in the state of Nebraska. Woodrow Michael Kroll was born in 1944.
Reviews - What do customers think about Taking Back the Good Book: How America Forgot the Bible and Why It Matters to You?
Too many stats for my taste - bottom line is READ YOUR BIBLE! Jun 15, 2007
When I first saw the title of this book, I figured it would be a very interesting read...and while the book was informative filled with tons of statistics demonstrating that Bible reading in our nation today is clearly on the demise, Kroll's book itself just didn't connect with me as I thought it would. I guess the bottom line is that Kroll was seeking to demonstrate his primary thesis that Biblical literacy is, in fact, shrinking, which, in my humble opinion, is more than obvious. The question really should be why and what can we do about it. On these points, Kroll's observations and statistics seem like they are only touching at the surface of the issue and not really driving at the heart of the matter. The truth is most people don't read the Bible today because they don't want to, plain and simple. They are too busy with their own lives, too comfortable, too "successful" to need or desire what God's Word has to offer. As Schaeffer said years ago, we are a people that are suffering from the two great evils of personal peace and affluence - and while most people don't see these attributes as problems, in terms of spiritual matters, they are an acid that erodes the very foundation. In other words, we are fat, lazy and stupid in spiritual matters - and loving it! The best two books on this subject are from non-Christians - the first is the classic Brave New World by Huxley where he writes about a society that has no books, no Bible - people are conditioned to not think because of the ease of their existence. The other book is by Neil Postman titled Amusing Ourselves to Death and in it he basically makes the claim that this generation can't read because TV has made them stupid - I'd add to that video games as well. Kroll barely touches on this concept in his book, but does mention it - that the Bible is too difficult for most people to read - not only does it take self-discipline to actually read the book, but the Bible also convicts and admonishes people to be transformed when confronted with the truth of God's Word and most people are comfortable, not wishing to be transformed!
If you're looking for a book filled with lots of numbers and facts about why Americans don't read their Bibles, this is the book for you. If you're wondering why you don't read your own Bible, try reading Tozer's Pursuit of God, Torrey's How to Study the Bible, or Nee's How to Study the Bible for a real shot of espresso to your spiritual life. The best part of Kroll's book is that he assigns blame to everyone...parents, pastors, and the individual themselves - which means that everyone needs to be part of the solution! Parents, teach your children God's Word...which, of course, assumes that you are reading and studying Scripture yourself. And pastors, preach God's Word, the entire counsel of Scripture, to your congregation. And, you...yes, you...read, no study, your Bible. Then teach others how to study their Bibles. And that's how you address Biblical illiteracy.
Taking Back the Good Book Is Fantastic Apr 23, 2007
God placed us in one of the greatest areas of spiritual need in the entire world. Over 80 million Americans do not read the Bible or even own one. - David Rambo
The quote above is how this brand new book Taking Back the Good Book: How America Forgot the Bible and Why It Matters to You by Woodrow Kroll begins. If it surprises you that so many Americans do not read the bible or even own one, I can testify as a member of the Auxilary of the Gideons International that this is a complete and true statement.
In my work, as a women's Chaplain for the Gideon's organization, I have been trained concerning how to distribute the Word of God and also share the gospel message contained within it's pages. When I have gone on distributions I have personally seen the joy on the faces of those who say they have either read the bible and how it changed their lives, or the joy from those who are receiving God's word for the first time because they have never received a copy. And there is the third group of people who tell me they have the bible, but have never read it - or rarely read it because they do not understand it. There truly is a famine in America concerning biblical illiteracy and Kroll who has authored this book, has written a powerful and easy to read expose on the current problem in America.
Woodroll Kroll is no stranger to the bible either. He is the President of Back to the Bible which is a worldwide ministry that uses media to lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and grow them into mature Christians. Kroll has also written over 50 books and has served as the President of Practical Bible College (now named Davis College ) in Binghamton, New York.
Among those who endorsed this book are biblical scholars and researchers Albert Mohler Jr. the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Charles Caldwell Ryrie, author of the Ryrie Study Bible, Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor at The Moody Church and Norman L. Geisler, of Southwestern Evangelical Seminary as well as others.
Taking Back the Good Book is organized into six different parts. Kroll begins by explaining why the bible is unique and necessary for everyone to read. He explains how God is the author of this book and how we dishonor God when we fail to read the book. Kroll also says,
"The Bible helps make sense in my life when the world doesn't. When you fail to read the Bible, you rob God of the honor of being the Author of a well-read book. But you also rob yourself of peace, comfort, strength, and a sense that God will make all things right. If you ask me, that's a price too high to pay."
In the second and third part of the book Kroll takes a look at the historic influence the bible has had on America and also the decline the bible's influence has had on America. Keeping with the focus of the bible's influence on America, and not the rest of the world, Kroll admits having gone to over 100 countries and says that he is convinced that he believes that a great deal of that divine blessing on America is because of her biblical roots in her infancy.
Horace Greeley, Editor of the New York Tribune (1840-1870) said, "It is impossible to enslave mentally or socially a Bible-reading people. The principles of the Bible are the groundwork of human freedom."
John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, said, "So great is my veneration of the Bible...I have for many years made it a practice to read through the Bible once every year."
Kroll also cites the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools research which says that "34 percent of the contents of America's founding documents were direct quotations from the Bible." He also gives a lengthy discussion on the bible and the foundation of the American educational system with numerous quotes and citations from American educators including Noah Webster who said, "Education is useless without the bible."
When discussing the decline in biblical illiteracy Kroll uses hard statistics and research from Gallup, Barna and numerous other reliable sources which not only give different views, but also insight as to why biblical illiteracy is so prominent within a nation that has millions of bibles available for purchase and use.
One of the most fascinating parts of Taking Back the Good Book was the research Kroll did to explain how biblical illiteracy has become an unintential part of Christian media. He explains the role of Christian radio programming and changing formats over the years and how that has led to biblical illiteracy. He also explains how the publishing industry and our information overload has led to many unbiblical sources under the umbrella of Christian media.
One of the concerns that Kroll shares throughout the pages of this book is his desire to see Christians come to a place of biblical maturity. His concern is not only within the church, but also within the seminaries and theology training institutes within our nation. Since he understands the biblical illiteracy in America has far reaching consequences for the morality and success of America...as well as biblical literacy.
Thankfully, Kroll ends this outstanding book explaining how to recover biblical literacy in America. He is hopeful that like others in ages past who have recovered from biblical illiteracy, America can do it again.
The way to begin is by realizing that when we read the bible, we connect with the Author, and that is really the underlying and main reason to read the Scripture because when we read the bible we are reaching out to God and He is reaching out to us.
However, the Church cannot become biblically literate without first admitting she has a problem and repenting from her sin. Kroll makes it very clear that it is a problem that must be dealt with honestly and without excuses. And he doesn't leave the reader without help, as he discusses this issue, instead he offers numerous ways and resources within the final pages of this book to help the reader, pastor and leaders to begin to recover from biblical illiteracy.
Alber Mohler Jr. says, "Christians who lack biblical knowledge are the products of churches that marginalize bibical knowlege." This is something that can be overcome if the leaders take the lead in taking back the good book for the kingdom of God. There is help and there are many resources, the question is are you up for the challenge.
Kroll offers a few challenges at the end of the book for all of those who are serious about Taking Back the Good Book. I highly recommend this book as a companion to your Bible, and especially to any pastor or teacher who needs to inspire their students, congregants and friends to read the bible for all it's worth.
- Stacy L. Harp, is the President of Active Christian Media and contributor to numerous internet news sites and has appeared on numerous radio programs and on the Fox News program Dayside. -