Thursday, July 16, 2009

Scriptures Made Easier

If you have not discovered the genius of works by David J. Ridges yet then you are in for a treat. Ridges has a background of 30+ years in the CES and has published numerous books that help to make scripture study "easier." What I love about the books is that they are the actual verse-by-verse scriptures with the commentary written right in them. For example, this is a small section from his New Testament Made Easier volume:

Matthew 5
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

Note: You may wish to make a cross reference here to 3 Nephi 12:1-3, wherein we are told that the Sermon on the Mount which follows is addressed to members of the Church, and is a series of instructions for entering celestial glory.

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit (who come unto me. 3 Nephi 12:3): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (celestial glory).

4 Blessed are they that mourn (for their sins; in other words, those who repent): for they shall be comforted (by the Holy Ghost).

From this you can see that Brother Ridges has taken a lot of work out of studying scriptures. I love that he has explanations right there. His books would be awesome for both personal and family scripture study.

Scripture of the Day: 1 Samuel 16:7


  1. I bought this after you reviewed it awhile back - I love this book for reading with my young children. Thanks for the tip and the reminder.

  2. Stephanie, Actually, this is a different book altogether. The plain English Book of Mormon is also great though! Becky

  3. Sounds great! Come join my new Sisterhood blog :)

  4. I just heard about Brother Ridges books today when I was with a new friend. I look forward to reading one really soon.


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