How to Eat Your Bible: A Simple Approach to Learning and Loving the Word of God
January 2021 • Paperback • 978-0-8024-2039-8
Loving God means loving His Word.
If you’re feeling distant from God, could it be because you’re ignoring His Word? But maybe you don’t know where to start. Maybe the long books and strange names feel overwhelming. Maybe you just don’t like reading. Whatever the case, How to Eat Your Bible will help you cultivate an appetite for life-long study of God’s Word. Find practical guidance for overcoming the hurdles that have kept you from making Bible study a regular part of your life. You’ll also become encouraged to pursue God’s Word by learning how other Christians throughout time maintained this crucial practice. Pastor Nate Pickowicz also includes a unique Seven Year Bible Plan so that you can apply what you’ve learned and continue drawing near to God as you consume His Word.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Nate Pickowicz (BA, Muhlenberg College; MA, Trinity Theological Seminary) is pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire. He is the author and editor of several books including Reviving New England, Why We’re Protestant, and The American Puritans. Additionally, he has written for Tabletalk and Credo, and is one of the founding members of Reformada, a ministry with the aim of promoting sound doctrine. He and his wife, Jess, have three children.
I vividly remember a point in my life when the Bible was completely foreign to me. I had heard and understood the gospel, confessed my sins to the Lord, believed in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, attended church regularly, given financially, served joyfully, prayed often, participated in small groups, told other people about Jesus, and even played in the praise band. But amid it all, I knew something big was lacking in my Christian life. I didn’t read my Bible.
It wasn’t that I never read my Bible. I spot-read every now and then, I jotted down verses and put them on my fridge, I listened to inspiring sermons on Christian radio, and I even memorized a few key verses. Having grown up going to church, I had a small arsenal of about twenty to thirty verses that I knew by heart, and I would trot them out in Christian circles so as not to appear completely ignorant or unspiritual.
But when I was being honest with myself, I really didn’t know the Bible. For me, the New Testament felt daunting, and the Old Testament felt like a foreign language. At one point, I distinctly remember lumbering my way through a Bible reading plan, which I finished with relief, but I could barely remember what I had read or why it mattered.
My lack of Bible knowledge or spiritual understanding had become a source of embarrassment and shame. At one point in my young adult life, I worked for a Christian businessman who often tried to encourage me with the Scriptures. However, when he began to notice inconsistencies in my Christian walk, he called me into his office one day and began to press me on my spiritual disciplines. He asked me, “Are you reading your Bible?” Oh no, he’s on to me! I thought. I gave a somewhat-rehearsed answer, “Well, you know, I miss a day or two here and there.” But he was no dummy. “What’s your favorite Bible verse?” he asked. Well, I had a handful of canned verses tucked away in my mind from Awana when I was eight years old. I gave him one of those. Phew! It seemed to work – for the time being.
But I didn’t want to spend my whole life dodging Bible questions and faking my commitment to Scripture. Furthermore, when I was being honest with myself, I knew full well that even if I was able to fool other people, I couldn’t fool God. If I knew anything at all from Sunday school lessons as a kid, it was that God knew my heart, and I wasn’t able to hide from Him.
And so, I had no choice but to confess: I didn’t love the Word of God.
More than that, I didn’t even know the Word of God.
Sadly, I wasn’t the only one.
So what is the solution? How do we fight our biblical illiteracy? I think the problem is multifaceted. But at the core of the problem, I believe, is a lack of conviction of the Bible’s power and ability to change us and make us more like Christ.
One of the greatest threats facing Christianity is Christians who do not know the Word of God. It is only when we know the unchanging Word of God in a constantly changing world that we will turn the world upside down by the power of the Holy Spirit and the preaching of the gospel. This books helps to lay the foundation for knowing God’s Word, loving God’s Word, and being doers of God’s Word as we rest in the power of God’s Word. I am grateful for this clear and accessible book for the church of Jesus Christ.
– Burk Parsons
Senior Pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel and editor of Tabletalk magazine
So many miss the thrill of knowing God through His Word because they simply don’t know what to do with the Bible. You may read the Bible, but you don’t know how to eat the Bible. Nate Pickowicz sets the table for the hungry soul in How to Eat Your Bible. Simple, practical, and profoundly biblical, this book serves as a menu to guide those hungering for more – more of God, more of Christ, and more of Scripture. Learn how to read, study, and eat more than you ever have. The feast has been prepared, sit down at the table and enjoy!
– Dustin W. Benge
Provost, Union School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales
How to Eat Your Bible is for every Christian. Whether you’re a seasoned theologian, a new believer, a young person struggling with doubts, or a pastor firm in your faith, this book will improve your understanding of and ability to teach Scripture. How to Eat Your Bible shows a world starving for truth how to “taste and see that the Lord is good” by studying His Word.
– Allie Beth Stuckey
Host of Relatable podcast and author of You’re Not Enough (And That’s Okay)