When All Else Fails... Read the Instructions by James W. Moore is a very easy book to read. Its core subjects are the Beatitudes, the Ten Commandments and the Commandment that Jesus gave us to love one another just as He loved us. In his own words, Moore encapsulates the meaning of those three major Christian precepts.
The author helps us understand the Beatitudes by changing the wording to help it make sense in modern society. He changes the word “blessed” to “oh how close to God”. I have always stumbled over the first Beatitude and the meaning of being poor in spirit. This book explains this phrase means “humble”, so the first Beatitude could read, “The poor in spirit are the humble-minded and those that trust God completely.” Or better put, “Oh how close to God are those humble-minded people who put their whole trust in God and who honour and serve God as the king of their lives.” (Page 23) Moore also explains the eight Beatitudes as a progression of faith. First, we are humble but gradually move up to become a peacemaker, sadly followed by persecution.
This is a perfect book for those who have recently found Christ as their saviour. Everybody who comes to Christ should read this book because it explains the key ideas of the Bible in everyday language without overwhelming the reader with religious jargon. It is a shame Moore did not include other concepts because it is such a down-to-earth book that could benefit many people’s understanding of the Bible.
When All Else Fails… Read the Instructions was recommended to me by two people whom I hold in high regard. It did not disappoint.
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Rev'd Martin Wheadon