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124 pages
Nov 2010
WestBow Press

Theology 101 in Bite-Size Pieces

by Judy Azar LeBlanc

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Judy LeBlanc’s Theology 101 in Bite-Size Pieces is a slim, yet comprehensive examination of God’s love revealed through Scripture. Worried that people’s spiritual lives are being held back by a lack of understanding, LeBlanc endeavors to educate readers in a way that is not “meant only for seminarian scholars.” Nevertheless, as the name suggests, the book provides a host of useful tools for better understanding a relationship with God.

The book opens with a general discussion of God’s attributes, such as his omnipotence and omnipresence, before moving on to omniscience. LeBlanc addresses a few common questions about grace, particularly with regard to more debatable issues, such as predestination. The study then increases in depth and specificity, with detailed analyses of passages, including word studies of the original languages. In fact, the second half of this book is essentially a Greek lexicon supplementing earlier analyses. Though LeBlanc’s credentials are more focused on writing than on theology, this makes her interpretation of the Bible’s writing all the more reliable. Her personal opinions, when they appear, are always identified as such, and supported by clear use of Scripture.

Though focusing heavily on subjects such as mercy and justification, the tone of discussion is very casual and encouraging. The unique blend of scholarly and conversational information gives the feeling of reading an elaborate devotion or attending a contemporary sermon. LeBlanc frequently offers examples of life application and personal experience, and these vignettes give the book an uplifting energy. Though acknowledging the difficulty of advanced theology, the book seems to approach this study with the biblical idea found in Galatians 6:9: “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Though perhaps a tad too thin for serious academics and career theologians, Theology 101 in Bite-Size Pieces is ideal for most Christians, or anyone interested in theology. Whereas a few more opinionated readers might disagree with conclusions on predestination (she's Arminian) or atonement theories, these comprise only a small section of the book and can be easily overlooked without changing the book’s message and value. Additionally, the Greek lexicon is extremely helpful and saves interested Christians from having to purchase a full-sized guide to biblical Greek. For those interested in gaining a fuller understanding of God’s love for humanity, Theology 101 in Bite-Size Pieces can be an invaluable, convenient resource. – Ryan Dennison,

Book Jacket:

The word theology tends to lead people to think that it is only meant for seminarian scholars; however, the word speaks for itself by the sole definition meaning "the study of God's Word." This book takes a fresh look at God's power, character, love, nature, and what the finished work of Christ meant to the world in bite size portions.

It offers scripturally-based truths of some of the riches of His divine grace that include answers to thought provoking questions such as: what is predestination; who are the chosen; the called, and the elect. The author uses everyday language to explain what it means to be justified, reconciled, forgiven, and offers a clear explanation of why practicing merited grace contradicts Christ's finished work on the cross.