Longman divided the book into four parts--the Bible's transforming power, the receptive heart, the understanding mind, and the literary cornucopia. One of the best things about this book is that Longman addresses the whole perhaps, just as the Bible does. He reminds the reader that Scripture is not to be read just in the abstract, but in the real ruddiness of life.
Chapter 7 is an important chapter. Longman presented the reader with several application principles:
- Look for the author's intended meaning.
- Read the passage in context.
- Identify the genre of the passage.
- Consider the historical and cultural background of the Bible.
- Pay attention to the grammar and structure within the passage.
- Interpret experience in the light of Scripture, not vice versa.
- Always seek the full counsel of Scripture.
Having read each of the books above, I think this is the one I am most likely to recommend now. It is accessible and wise.