From the back cover:
Over the course of the centuries, Bible scholars and publishers have increasingly added “helps” — chapter divisions, verses, subheads, notes — to the Bible in an effort to make it easier to study and understand. In the process, however, these have led to Scripture sampling rather than reading deeply. The text becomes divorced from the Bible’s literary and historical context, leading to misinterpretation and, writes author Glenn R. Paauw, a “narrow, individualistic and escapist view of salvation.” Rather than being a culture-shaping force, the Bible has become a database of quick and easy answers to life’s troubling questions. These deficiencies can be corrected by engaging in what Paauw calls “big readings.”
Toward this end, seven new (to us) understandings of the Bible are introduced in these pages as steps on the path to recovering one deeply engaged Bible. With each “new” Bible presented, deficiencies in how we currently interact with the Bible are explored, followed by recommendations for a new practice. The Bible’s transformative power is recovered when we remove the chains Christians have applied to it over the centuries.
The Bible does not need to be saved because of any defect in itself, but because we have distorted and misread it. Saving the Bible from Ourselves provides students of the Bible a new paradigm for reading and living the Bible well.