Of all of the New Testament letters written by the Apostle Paul chances are that 1 and 2 Thessalonians are among the least studied and appreciated. As Danny Hyde shows, however, in his wonderful book From the Pen of Pastor Paul: 1-2 Thessalonians, this is a sad fact. Hyde’s book sets out to fill in the gap in our understanding by providing the reader with a simple and straightforward guide to these rich letters.
Hyde walks us through the contents of both letters in the space of 32 short chapters. Each chapter is around 10 pages and offers the reader a deeper look and clearer explanation into the meaning of a few choice verses. By keeping the chapters (and the selections from Thessalonians) appropriately brief, Hyde gives the reader a guide which would prove useful for private, family, or group study. This is not a technical commentary but rather a work which grew out of sermons which he preached to his own congregation. The comments contained, therefore, have a very personal and pastoral tone. This is appropriate in commenting on Thessalonians because, as Hyde says in his introduction: “I believe in 1 Thessalonians Paul opens his pastoral heart more than to any other congregation to which he wrote” (Hyde 14).
The book has simple goals, but it accomplishes them well. It also contains a helpful bibliography and extensive notes at the back. The only criticism I would bring to the book is that it has no questions for study, discussion, or reflection. This might limit its use as a group study aid, but would still prove useful to the layman who is seeking to improve his understanding of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Nevertheless, this is a helpful little book which would be useful to anyone seeking to better grasp this portion of God’s Word.
I would like to thank the good folks over at Cross Focused Reviews for providing me with a free review copy of this book. I was not obligated to provide a positive review.