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God’s Word is transformative. It is this conviction which gives the Transformative Word series its name and its unique character. Series Editor Craig G. Bartholomew has worked alongside authors from around the world to identify a key theme in each book of the Bible, and each volume provides careful Biblical exegesis centered on that gripping theme. The result is an engaging, accessible thematic exploration of a biblical book, poised to offer you new and refreshing insights. This eight-volume collection brings together volumes spanning the Old and New Testaments and covers all the major genres of biblical literature.

These thematic studies set the stage for reading, teaching, and preaching through Scripture. Application isn’t just limited to individual passages but is also focused on the overarching themes of each biblical book. The result is an engaging, accessible thematic exploration of Scripture, poised to offer you new and refreshing insights. The Transformative Word volumes were designed to pair with your favorite commentary, to enrich your study with a thematic as well as exegetical perspective.


Deserting the King: Deserting the King - DBThe book of Judges
By David Beldman

Readers of the book of Judges encounter a host of puzzles to be solved—everything from the book’s purpose and place in the biblical narrative to the precise nature of the historical figures involved. In the midst of so many questions to be answered, how can we allow the book to change our view of the God of both the Old and New Testament?

In Deserting the King, David Beldman guides readers through the book of Judges, tracing the acceptance and rejection, the tragedy and heroism of Israel’s relationship with God and the Israelite monarchy. Along the way, he shows readers how this book—though full of bloodshed, intrigue, and conflict—can help us see God at work in our world.    Buy Book


Revealing the Heart of Prayer: The Gospel of Luke
By Craig Bartholomew

When reading the Gospel of Luke, it’s easy to get swept up into the story of the incarnation and forgot to focus on other themes. But prayer was central in Jesus’ life and in his relationship with the Father, and it should be central in our lives as well. In Revealing the Heart of Prayer, Craig G. Bartholomew unpacks this biblical book with a fresh perspective–focusing on Jesus and his example for how we should pray.
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When You Want to Yell at God: the Book of Job
By Craig Bartholomew

Think you know Job? Think again. Craig G. Bartholomew wants to help you read the book of Job from a different perspective. Let go of the Job you think you know–and discover the real man. Is it true that what goes around comes around? Does right behavior ensure blessing? Is suffering always brought on by wrongdoing? Job’s story refutes these notions, but it proclaims a much greater truth–God is always faithful. Join Bartholomew in When You Want to Yell at God, and experience the beauty of one man’s struggle with God.

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Together For the World: The Book of Acts
By Michael R. Wagenman

The disciples and early Christians faced doubt, opposition, and threats–just like many Christians do today. In Together with the World, Michael Wagenman shows how the book of Acts can help modern Christians respond to crisis and critique in our contemporary world.The book of Acts is about more than simply the beginning of church history. In Together for the World we find a group of disciples, empowered by the Holy Spirit, following God’s call to spread the good news.

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Faith Amid the Ruins: The Book Habakkuk
By Heath A. Thomas

If God asked you to live faithfully in the midst of upheaval, even if the cost was high, how would you respond? What if he made extraordinary and difficult demands? The prophet Habakkuk struggled with these very questions as he tried to follow God step-by-step during a time of unrest.v”Living by faith” sounds great on the surface, but when we face hardship and opposition, it’s easy to seek security and stability instead of God’s will. In Faith Amid the Ruins, Heath Thomas walks us through the book of Habakkuk, revealing the heart of this story about living by faith in light of God’s own faithfulness toward us.

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God Behind the Scenes: the Book of Esther

By Wayne BarkHuizen

Although the book of Esther contains no direct references to God, his fingerprints can be found all over it. In God Behind the Scenes, Wayne K. Barkhuizen helps us trace the unseen hand of God throughout the Esther narrative, while pointing out how the book is still relevant today. As we walk through the book, we’ll see how God was indeed active in preserving the people through whom the Messiah, Jesus Christ, would one day come.

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Between the Cross and the Throne: The Book of Revelation

By Matthew Emerson

Revelation is often considered one of the most confusing books of the Bible, and consequently it’s regularly overlooked or ignored. But no longer. In Between the Cross and the Throne, Matthew Emerson walks us through the book of Revelation, unpacking its complex imagery and pointing out major themes. In conversational tone, he reminds us that Christ died, but he has risen. The Lord reigns, but evil persists. We live between Christ’s ascension and his final conquest–and that should give us hope.

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