Book Review: Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day
Author: Daryl Aaron
Publisher: Bethany House ISBN: 9780764210129
This is a great book in the “Understanding in 15 Minutes a Day…” series from Bethany House Publishers. I had the opportunity to review the book on Understanding Religion not too long ago and I find this book, Understanding Theology just as compelling, if not even more so.
While the great doctrines of the Bible and basic theology can get pretty “heady” in a hurry, Daryl Aaron has done a masterful job of keeping this subject reachable for the masses. True to its title, most of the chapters (forty in all) are five pages or less, keeping each chapter reading under fifteen minutes for most readers. Aaron’s is literally, a systematic approach to teaching theology. He follows the major disciplines of theology (bibliology, theology proper, angelology, anthropology, hamartiology, christology, pneumatology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology) as he engages so of the more popular discussion questions in each of those fields. As an example, a few of the chapter titles follow: “How Can I know God?” “What are Angels and Demons?” “What is Sin?” “Can Christians Lose their Salvation?” “What Will Heaven Be Like?” These are just a few of the very interesting topics awaiting the reader of Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day.
I appreciated this book very much, finding it extremely valuable as a teaching tool for beginning theology. I think the content and the writing style is perfect for many learning levels and provides all the adequate material and information needed for core curriculum. I am currently teaching a Bible reading class and intend to use Understanding Theology as part of my recommended reading list.
On the whole, I believe Daryl Aaron has done a great job in keeping the facts and figures fairly unbiased and neutral. It is difficult to engage a work such as this and not interject your own feelings and positions, but Aaron is to be commended for keeping this guide balanced. There were a couple of chapters where I noted some strong feelings, but I still think the presentations (even in those chapters) were fairly represented.
This is a good book. I think it deserves to be on the shelves of most libraries, personal or otherwise. The material is succinct and readable. Aaron stays on point and keeps the reader engaged. The positions are represented fairly and without bias. If I would have any criticism, it would be for want of a comprehensive notes and bibliography section for further study and resource. Overall, this is a fine read and I recommend it highly.
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