About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, January 17, 2022

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable by William H. Marty

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable

Jesus knew the power of stories to touch people's hearts, so he used parables to teach his followers about the kingdom of God. If you want to know God better, the keys are in the parables.

This book provides short studies on every parable in the Bible. You'll learn what God wants us to know from the prodigal son, the good Samaritan, the lost sheep, the talents, the sower, and many more.

Each study includes a summary of the parable, the Scripture reference where it can be found, information on the historical and cultural setting, and key points. At the end of each study are questions that open the door to discussion, reflection, or further investigation and help you get to the heart of the parable.

A wonderful tool for small groups or to add variety to your personal devotions. Let these studies draw you nearer to God as they enhance your understanding of his Word.


I've always been fascinated by the parables that Jesus shared in his teachings, but I admit that some of them are hard for me to understand. This new book by Dr. William H. Marty is just what I need, and it's one that I'll use time and time again! Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable has all of the New Testament parables, plus two from the Old Testament, and Dr. Marty explains them in a way that all of us can comprehend. This book is divided into two sections, The Nature of the Kingdom and The Ethics of the Kingdom, and it's here that we can learn more about the thirty-five parables in the New Testament. Each chapter begins with the parable title, where it's found, and the author's takeaway about it. The discussion is invaluable because it shows how this parable applied to the culture of Jesus's time, instead of how it pertains to today's circumstances, and a set of questions and a suggested memory verse offer even greater insight.

Fascinating Bible Studies on Every Parable is definitely a book for all audiences, and I recommend it for both personal use or small group study. New Christians, seasoned Christians, worship leaders...this is a valuable resource for all of you!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Dr. William H. Marty has taught at Moody Bible Institute for 40 years. His main emphasis has been teaching an Old and New Testament survey to freshman at the Chicago campus, and the fruit of his focus on teaching the storyline of the Bible has been published in The Whole Bible Story. Dr. Marty has also written The World of Jesus and The Jesus Story and coauthored A Quick-Start Guide to the Whole Bible. Bill lives in Chicago with his wife, Linda, and they have two children and two grandchildren. Bill is an active triathlete and has competed at the national and international levels.

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