Summary: Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day is exactly what it sounds like, a brief introduction to theology. Daryl Aaron covers the complex subject of theology in just 40 short chapters. He begins the book by explaining that what is really being talked about is “systematic theology”. The author also explains why the book chapters are organized like they are. As he explains, the first chapter is really a definition of what theology is. After that in chapters 2 through 5 comes the study of the Bible (the Word of God), followed by “theology proper” (the study of God) in chapters 6 – 11. The next three chapters (12 – 14) deal with beings created by God, both angels and humans. Chapters 15 and 16 deal with the study of sin and chapters 17 – 22 are on Christ. Study of the Holy Spirit is in chapters 23 – 25 and salvation in chapters 26 – 32. Chapters 33 – 40 discuss the church and also the “last things”, or what God will do in the future as revealed in the Bible. While Understanding Theology is not an in-depth book with lots of detail, it still has all the important aspects of theology that everyone should understand. A starting point for anyone interested in knowing more about why “it is how it is”.
Review: As with the world religions book, it’s taking me far longer than 15 minutes a day to read chapters. Not because it’s hard to understand but because I have to take notes so I come to a better understanding for myself. Very well written and researched. Personally, as much as I’d love to read the big book on systematic theology that I’ve seen in the Christian bookstore catalogue, Understanding Theology is much more my pace at the moment. I can read a bit during my Bible study in the morning (or evening) and come away feeling more informed about why I believe what I believe. Daryl Aaron’s book would make for a great small group study book because it’s short, all things considered, and it’s easy to read. If you’re looking for a concise book about theology, this is it! 40 chapters, 15 minutes a day. That’s a month and a couple of weeks worth of reading once a day, if you follow the 15 minute idea. Highly recommended, not only for those who are new to thinking about theology but also those who know about it but want an easy way to explain it to others.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, all thoughts are my own.