Shelf Life Book Review: Mark’s Gospel from Scratch

B. L. Young

Mark’s Gospel from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners
Westminser John Knox Press, 2010

Mark’s Gospel from Scratch is designed as a basic overview of Mark’s gospel, avoiding scholarly language and excess commentary. Donald L. Griggs and Charles D. Meyers Jr. focus on fundamental illustrations and gospel teachings.

The volume is separated into two corresponding parts: (1) the Participant’s Guide, and (2) the Leader’s Guide. Part 1 (by Meyers) is organized sequentially with commentary, while Part 2 (by Griggs) includes corresponding lessons. As such, the book does more than provide the context for the narrative; it also provides a method for in-depth Bible study.

Mark’s Gospel from Scratch is a helpful resource for group Bible study—especially for a group new to Bible study. Each study in the Leader’s Guide is broken down into three main sections: “Before the Session” helps focus the conversation; “During the Session” provokes discussion; and “After the Session” encourages further thought and application, including guides for prayer, study questions, and interactive charts.

This guide to the Gospel of Mark sets us up for success—no matter how experienced or inexperienced with the Bible we are. All we need to do is follow along.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 2 No. 5