Book review: 'Essential Old Testament Companion' a light, visually pleasing study guide

Published: Saturday, Jan. 4 2014 5:00 a.m. MST

Editor's note: The following is part of a series featuring select materials intended to supplement the study of church curriculum for 2014.

"THE ESSENTIAL OLD TESTAMENT COMPANION: Key Insights to Your Gospel Study," by Kerry Muhlestein, Covenant Communications, $34.99, 548 pages (nf)

"The Essential Old Testament Companion" is a colorful walk through the lands and stories of the Old Testament. It contains a host of color photos and illustrations, well-organized text and clearly defined key concepts.

The introduction to the book indicates it was "designed to be less a commentary and more of a guide and traveling companion." Each page is color-coded to a book of scripture. For example, every page referring to the book of Exodus is the color brown so you can flip easily to the section you want to read.

The book is divided into two-page spreads. In each spread, the text lists a section of scripture and a significant verse from that section. The section continues with a major concept, prominent people from those chapters, main themes and key insights about Jehovah and his covenant. At the bottom of every page is a biblical timeline so readers don't get lost.

This is not a deep commentary on the Old Testament. The book offers an overview consisting of visuals and bite-sized nuggets of information for your gospel study.

Ryan Morgenegg is a multimedia specialist for the Deseret News.

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