Saturday, April 4, 2015

A commentary on the book of Acts by Guy Prentiss Waters

An EP study commentary on the book of Acts by Guy Prentiss Waters:

I use commentaries quite often in my Bible study.  I like to work through a book of the Bible using a commentary and have found that a great way of digging into the text.  So it's important that I use a commentary that is theological (from a reformed perspective), but also usable for a layman like myself.  This commentary fits the bill perfectly.

This book is part of the EP study commentary series and at just over 600 pages is an incredibly useful volume that is both theological and readable.  This is a useful tool not only for layman like myself, but also for anyone who is preaching or teaching from the book of Acts.  Dr. Waters walks us through Acts systematically and thoroughly, but I was amazed at how readable this work is.  Oftentimes, the more thorough the commentary, the harder it is to read and vice versa, with easy to read commentaries often lacking theological depth.  No worries here, this book strikes the perfect balance between both extremes.

Let me just say something about the layout of this commentary.  Usually commentaries will print a fairly good size chunk of text that is then followed by many pages of commentary, and I sometimes lose track of the text that I'm reading about, especially if I'm using a kindle version.  One of the things I loved here is that Dr. Waters breaks his comments down into smaller bites, so he will list a verse or two, then comment, which allowed me to keep focused on the text as I read.  This was a pleasant surprise and is one of the first commentaries I've used that is laid out this way.

Lastly, let me say that in addition to being theological and readable, this work is also pastoral and edifying.  At the end of each chapter is an application section that ties what we learn in the text to how we live as disciples of Christ.  I loved this feature and this is just another example of the value of this book.

With the abundance of commentaries out there today, it's critical for the frugal book buyer to choose his purchases carefully.  This commentary is one that is well worth the price and will hold a welcome place on your bookshelf.  This is a well done, readable, and very useful commentary!  I have a new go to commentary for Acts!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

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