Route 66 – navigating life with the Bible (book review)

A crash course in navigating life with the Bible
By Krish Kandiah
Monarch. 192 pages. £8.99
ISBN 978 0 85721 018 0

What a very clever and useful little book this is. Krish Kandiah has produced a series of daily Bible readings which, taken over the course of eight weeks, would introduce a sample of all the main biblical genres, with the plot and the gospel in place too.

Each day has simple but well-constructed comments on how we read the different genres, the passages to be read, and then some questions for reflection and stretching application. So this is a set of daily readings, to take a quick drive through the Bible
But in addition, there is weekly group discussion material, and this makes for a good home-group series, integrated with the members’ daily quiet times. Throw in at the back a challenge to read the whole Bible in eight weeks and some resources to help take a reader’s Bible knowledge to the next level, and this is a very good little package.

I’m going to be recommending it for our groups at church. A little more work from us, and it could be co-ordinated with the preaching programme over a couple of months as well.

I expect every EN reader would benefit from this book, but I suspect we are not the target readership. Kandiah is trying to reach the people who have never read, or tried and struggled with, the Bible, and to help them. This is a basic book, and much needed. It is consistent with his work in Evangelical Alliance, and the Biblefresh initiative it is promoting, and if this is typical of the level and quality of resource they are producing, we should be very grateful. If it is not for you, there will probably be plenty of people in your church who need such a starting guide, and would use it.

The title, Route 66, obviously builds on the idea of the 66 biblical books, and just as obviously it uses the metaphors of driving and travelling consistently throughout, although I am not sure if the subtitle is a joke or a mistake. A gentle warning: if the phrase ‘Route 66’ means nothing to you, do a bit of research before you introduce it in conversation at church. People might start to have very high expectations of the band.

Chris Green,
Vice Principal, Oak Hill Theological College, London