A valuable service has been rendered by Georgia Harkness is distilling the results of Biblical scholarship within such a brief compass and making them available in such a readable form. The book is intended so to prepare the reader that he may go to the Bible itself and read it with new understanding and appreciation. The place of the Bible in our culture, the nature of its inspiration, the geographical, social and religious setting out of which the Bible emerged are preliminary considerations. Then follow chapters on how the Bible came to be written, on the main themes of most of the books, and the great ideas of the Bible. This is a book which can be unhesitatingly recommended.