If you’re looking for a book or study guide that will help you or your small group members become more familiar with the whole of Scripture, Route 66 might be your answer. Route 66 helps you to discover how the 66 books of the Bible help us to know God and how to live for him. This book is a crash course in enjoying the breadth and depth of the Bible, packed full of practical help.
For many of us, there is a disconnect between the Bible we treasure and the book we struggle to read. Route 66 is an eight-week course to learn how to let the whole Bible guide your life. The eight sections—living faithfully, distinctively, emotionally, imaginatively, discerningly, purposefully, infectiously and hopefully—provide an introduction to the eight different kinds of literature within the Bible. Each section includes questions for discussion and five days of daily readings. While Route 66 is quite readable for the average lay person, author Krish Kandiah has peppered it with the insights of scholars like Goldsworthy, Brueggemann, Fee and Vanhoozer—guys I read in seminary—making them accessible to a new generation of Bible readers.
Route 66 is an ambitious undertaking. As I was reading it, I thought of several groups or types of groups that would benefit from it. That being said, it often felt disconnected or disjointed as the author strove to make the Bible fit his outline. Kandiah is British, so some of his examples may not translate smoothly to an American audience. On the other hand, it was fun reading something from a British perspective.
Route 66 is ideal for individuals, small groups, church leaders, and those wanting to engage in serious study of the Bible. To make your life as a leader easier, Kandiah has additional resources on his website, including three minute Route 66 devotional readings, a sample chapter, leaders guide, power point template and slides.
About the Author:
Krish Kandiah is the Executive Director: Churches in Mission for the UK Evangelical Alliance. He is also an external examiner for Oak Hill College, an Associate Research Fellow at London School of Theology, and is part of the theme development group for Spring Harvest.
Dr. Kandiah previously held the position of Director of the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, in addition to being Tutor for the Mission and Evangelism at Wycliffe Hall. He was also an Oxford University Theology faculty member.
Before becoming the pastor of a multi-cultural church in Harrow, Kandiah worked with students in the UK with Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, and in Albania with the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students. He has wide experience in evangelism and cross cultural mission, and he is in demand around the world as a speaker and lecturer—though he is still a regular speaker at university missions and at Spring Harvest.