Mar 14, 2011

Book Review: Keep Your Greek, Strategies For Busy People by Constantine R. Campbell

Keep Your Greek: Strategies for Busy PeopleAre you a Greek Student? Are you an accomplished Greek Scholar? Are you a diligent minister of the word who has let the knowledge of the languages creep into the recesses of your mind? Are you discouraged by the reclaiming of once prominent recall of the Greek from your overbearing and busy schedule?

These are all great questions with great answers in this new book from Constantine R. Campbell. This new release from Zondervan brings together a series of blog posts that were previously posted at the author's blog Read Better, Preach Better, and offers them in an easy, engaging, and encouraging format. The blog posts now converted to chapters in the book are complete with responses from the blog on each post, and now subsequent chapter. Campbell gives cause, justification, and technical advice that is both practical and wise. With the inclusion of quotes from respected scholars and teachers of Greek, this book reinforces the student or graduate of Greek studies with motivation to serve God through diligent study and understanding. In just under 90 pages, Keep Your Greek converses and equips you with tools, tips, tricks, and categorizes useful resources, web pages, and other materials to get you into the game...or for those who have forgotten their Greek, back into it!

I loved this! As a blogger, and active blog reader, I found it exciting to see a dialog transpiring between the author and his audience. The chapters were helpful, and the practical responses offered by the commentators made the whole discussion real. For me, a mere student of the Koine Greek, I found the tips from those much more experienced than I helpful and even preventative in my own labors to acquire a "dead" language. This book not only helps you internalize language acquisition as a task of love, but also reinforces that the Koine is in no way dead, but perfectly alive, so long as you engage it!

I received this book at no charge in exchange for an unbiased review. You can see other entries concerning this book during its blog tour March 14th through the 18th at the Koinonia Blog.

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