By JASON REYNOLDS
Tennessee Christian News
“Dive Deeper” into the Bible, dive deeper into a relationship with God with the help of a book of the same title.
Jenifer Jernigan wrote “Dive Deeper: Finding Deep Faith Beyond Shallow Religion.” The book serves as a unique tool to allow one to do just that — dive deeper into the book of Ephesians in the Bible, regardless of how young or old she is.
“Dive Deeper into the richness of who He really is,” Jernigan told the Tennessee Christian News. “You can use this to engage the Word.”
The book is part of a new series called InScribed by Thomas Nelson Bible Group. Each book in the series is written by women for women.
“For a long time people have thought of Bible studies as curriculum with weekly assignments. With the InScribed books, there are study questions at the end of chapters but the books aren’t driven by hours of homework each week. Those resources have a place, but our method is to allow the readers to go from page to page reading rich, deep content without it feeling like a heavy Bible study,” said Frank Couch, publisher, Thomas Nelson Bible Group.
Jernigan, who was a pastor’s kid, said she had no personal relationship with the Lord, although she does not blame her parents. God finally reached her after she met a woman who was so in love with God, that He “seemed to seep out of her pores,” Jernigan said. “God got a hold of me.”
Diving deep into Ephesians helped Jernigan move from a “shallow religion to deep faith and relationship with Jesus,” she said in a statement. “Ephesians taught me that in Christ is my place of healing, living and worth.”
Jernigan’s book is meticulous in laying out a study of Ephesians chapter by chapter. She uses a “d.i.v.e. method,” for “define,” “investigate,” visualize” and “embrace.”
“Dive Deeper” is more than just a study of Ephesians, however. Jernigan covers one topic that I’ve wished for someone to explain to me ever since I became a Christian – how to choose a Bible translation. I mean, seriously, how many translations are available to us pampered Christians in America, where the Bible is not yet a banned book. Going to the Bible section of a Christian bookstore is like going to a bakery and having to select only one dessert, whereas in many parts of the world, the Word of God is banned. For us lucky American Christians, Jernigan devotes an appendix to summarizing the philosophies of translation; I never knew that formal equivalence meant the syntax of Greek and Hebrew was largely retained. The appendix names some of the most common versions of each style (King James is formal equivalence).
Jernigan also provides lists of tools such as Bible dictionaries and a list of questions throughout the book to help the reader dive deeper into the Word. This book is a must for any individual or Bible study group that wants to study Ephesians.