Ajao’s (God Can Turn it Around for You, 2011) brief guide to the New Testament.
Beginning with an overview of the Bible and its contents, this manual of sorts unpacks each book of the New Testament and frequently references the Old Testament. From the Gospel of St. Matthew to the Book of Revelation, the author shares an outline of each book and his own thoughts and commentary on the respective holy pages. Touching on many famous biblical occurrences such as the raising of Lazarus and the conversion of the apostle Paul (for whom the author has a particular fondness), the text emphasizes devotion to Christ and belief in the Holy Trinity. In a summary of his work, the author says, “The first current of thought that flows throughout this book is an absolute faith in Jesus Christ of Nazareth who is the second person of the ‘Trinity.’ The second current of thought is eternal life, through faith in the LORD Jesus Christ.” Buoyed by his pleasure in writing about Christ’s devotion to prayer, the author says, “I love this part: Christ Jesus demonstrated that powerful, fervent and effectual prayer of the believer availeth much. He showed us the stuff he was made of through prayer.” The text reveals as much about a modern Christian devotee as it reveals about the Bible itself. While this volume adds little to the catalog of biblical scholarship, for readers interested in a modern evangelical and personal overview of the Bible, it’s on point. Occasional passages are unclear; for example, a passage on education available in biblical times seems muddled: “In fact, Judaism was the schoolmaster that brought us to the full glory of God. I mean, we Christians were historical students who were taught geography, literature and law.” But the author’s overall enthusiasm for the subject is apparent, and the book is ultimately instructive.
Serves as a reasonable introduction for readers interested in a personalized interpretation of the New Testament.