Yesterday I mentioned that I'll be listing a few books that have personally helped me become a better reader of the Bible that are specifically not designed for specialist in the study of biblical literature and/or theology. In other words, these books are accessible, yet still very informative and insightful.
My first recommendation was a book that helped me develop a "posture" toward the Bible (if you will). This second one is a book that helped me to carefully engage the Bible and it has the most ridiculously boring title: How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren. This was a textbook for my first hermeneutics class as a new seminary student in 2006. When I saw the title on the syllabus I thought that the professor was being ridiculous. I had a BA already. I presume I couldn't have made it to graduate school without knowing how to read a book, nor could I read a book about reading books without knowing how to read a book! But I was wrong. The book, while ridged, was insightful. Most importantly, it helped me manage my reading time well, learning how to look-out for what it was that I wanted to read. Since the Bible is a mini-library these skills came in handy.
Now there are parts of this book that may be irrelevant to reading the Bible, e.g., chapter 17, "How to Read Science and Mathmatics", but overall it is very useful. Here is the Amazon.com blurb: