Over the years, I’ve heard time and again the importance of strengthening my core (back, hips and abs). If one has a strong core, they say, it can eliminate pain, improve posture, increase energy, improve digestion, and so much more!
What does that have to do with the Bible, though?
Just as when my physical core is weak I can do damage to my back or be unable to perform normal activities, when my core knowledge of scripture is weak, my view of God is skewed. This leads to a host of problems for me. It is impossible to have a strong faith if I don’t understand the character of the God my faith is in. Or, if I do not understand how Christ secured my salvation. Without this foundation, scripture is easily taken out of context potentially leading to error and belief in lies.
In the same way, when I regularly work on my core and my appearance changes for the better, when I strengthen my spiritual core, character changes are inevitable as I begin to become more like Jesus.
Core 52: A Fifteen-Minute Daily Guide to Build Your Bible IQ in a Year
by Mark E. Moore
Published by Waterbrook Press
Publication Date July 16, 2019
Genres: Bible Study Helps, Christian Living
Written for: Adults
Build your Bible IQ and Christian worldview in just fifteen minutes a day! Over the course of a year, Core 52 will help you master the 52 most important passages in the Bible. "You will gain the tools you need for living the life God has called you to."--Kyle Idleman, pastor and author of Not a Fan
"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."--1 Timothy 4:8
Most of us want to know the Bible better, but few reach our goal, often because we're too busy or we don't know where to start. Core 52 removes both barriers, offering a common-sense solution that fits into our busy lives. Respected Bible professor and teaching pastor Mark E. Moore developed this proven process from thirty-five years of helping people grow deeper in God's Word.
Each week features a brief essay, memory verse, Bible story, trajectory verses, and practical ways to put what you've learned into practice. An optional "Overachiever Challenge" offers the chance to memorize the top 100 Bible verses by year's end.
This simple approach allows you to become familiar with the big ideas of the Bible in less time and with less effort than other reading plans. In one year, you can master the core of the Bible--focusing on topics from God's will to worry, happiness to holiness, and leadership to love. These fifty-two core passages are lenses through which you can read the rest of the Bible with clarity and confidence.
I would like to thank Netgalley, Waterbrook & Multnomah for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Pastor Mark E. Moore wrote Core 52 as a way for everyday Christians to learn the Bible through daily readings, memorization of Scripture, and prayer. He selected what he considers the most important teachings of the Bible and has organized them into a collection of essays designed to be read one per week. One day a week is dedicated to reading the essay, the next to memorizing scripture, then short Bible readings and practical application.
I like the approach used here. Geared to assist busy people willing to carve out a few minutes a day makes this goal very attainable. The essays are engaging, easy to read, and are consistent with Biblical teaching.
Christians who do not have a solid foundation for what they believe or why they believe it can benefit from going through Core 52. It is also good for those who need a refresher on the basic tenets of the Christian faith and for those who are simply curious about Christianity.