James E. Faulconer. Provo, Utah: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, 2015. Softbound, 8 x 5”, 533 pgs.
Latter-day Saint philosopher James E. Faulconer’s Made Harder series raises many more questions than it answers. And that is precisely the point. Faulconer wroteThe New Testament Made Harder on the premise that our scripture study is only as good as the questions we bring to the endeavor. While many books about the New Testament provide useful shortcuts, chapter synopses, timelines, and memorizable bullet points, this book consists almost entirely of challenging questions (with occasional commentary for clarity’s sake) because, in James Faulconer’s experience, questions themselves are the key to reflective and deep scripture study. This book is intended to make reading harder—and therefore fresher—by priming your mind with insightful study questions. The New Testament Made Harder is the perfect tool to improve personal and family scripture study, sacrament meeting talks, or Sunday school lessons.