Kathleen Nielson’s: Living Word Bible Studies

Living Word Bible Studies by Kathleen Buswell Nielson

These studies guide into deeper study of God’s Word. Five days of questions in each lesson lead the way to careful textual study, with helpful context and commentary woven throughout. The aim is to read the Scriptures—and to learn to read the Scriptures—with ever increasing discernment, delight, and conviction.

If you are interested in a specific book, click on the title and you will be directed to our website, which includes for most books, a sample chapter, table of contents, and endorsements.

Old Testament:

Joshua: All God’s Good Promises

Released: June 2008

168 Pages

Joshua: All God’s Good Promises leads through a detailed study of this Old Testament book about God’s unfailing promises to his people. Close attention is given to the shape and development of the narrative—as Joshua leads across the Jordan, through the conquest of the land, and into the settled rest of the inheritance promised them. The book itself is the focus of study, although the context of Pentateuch law and the New Testament’s ultimate fulfillment in Jesus are made clear.


Nehemiah: Rebuilt and Rebuilding

Released: August 2011

160 Pages

Nielson’s study allows readers to delve into one of the most compelling Old Testament narratives, in the story of Nehemiah leading God’s people to rebuild Jerusalem’s walls after the exile. Nehemiah offers us an instructive example of great leadership, in his godly courage and prayerful spirit. But Nehemiah offers us more than an example; he also points us to God’s sovereign plan to work through his people according to his promises and for his redemptive purposes in Jesus Christ. Nielson leads us to peer into the dramatic story of God’s people led by a godly leader at a crucial point in salvation history.

Psalms Vol. 1: Songs Along the Way

Released: June 2009

128 Pages

Introduces the whole book of Psalms and then guides us through a study of selected psalms, representing types. Careful exposition is combined with personal meditation and application. Good for individuals or groups.


Psalms Vol 2: Finding the Way to Prayer and Praise

Released: March 2013

176 Pages

In this second study of the book of Psalms, Kathleen Nielson takes us on a tour of additional well-chosen individual psalms, helping us to take them in deeply, savor their poetry, and receive from them the very breath of God. Then she goes a step farther—not only teaching the Psalms to us, but teaching us how to keep teaching ourselves, by providing additional psalms for individual study. Learn from the Psalms how to praise and pray, and learn from Kathleen how to learn the Psalms.

Proverbs: The Ways of Wisdom

Released: August 2007

200 Pages

Proverbs: The Ways of Wisdom leads the reader in a detailed study of this book of wisdom literature. Early lessons explore the background, shape, and theme of the entire book. The bulk of the lessons dig into Proverbs’ poetic kaleidoscope of wisdom-themes: words, work, neighbors and friends, marriage and family, sex, money, planning for the future. This study leads readers to listen well to God’s inspired word in the book of Proverbs.

Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Wisdom’s Searching and Finding

Released: June 2009

200 Pages

Nielson leads the reader in a study of two of the most beautiful Old Testament poetic books, both of which deal with universal, basic human quests: for the meaning of life (Ecclesiastes) and the joy of love (Song of Songs). Careful attention to textual form and content combines with personal meditation and application.

Isaiah: The Lord Saves

Released: May 2011

384 Pages

Isaiah contains some of the most beautiful poetry in the Bible and is a theological masterpiece, presenting God’s redemptive plan. Kathleen offers depth and a clear overview, encouraging you to read with understanding and joy.

New Testament:

John: That You May Believe

Released: June 2010

336 Pages

This study guides you through what many consider to be the most artful and poetic of the gospels. Its portrait of the Word made flesh rewards careful study so “that you may believe.”

Colossians and Philemon: Continue to Live in Him

Released: August 2007

144 Pages

These studies offer a guide into deeper study of God’s Word, one whole book at a time. Five days of questions in each lesson lead the way to careful textual study, with helpful context and commentary woven throughout. The aim is to read the Scriptures—and to learn to read the Scriptures—with ever increasing discernment, delight, and conviction.

1 & 2 Thessalonians: Living the Gospel to the End

Released: June 2008

160 Pages

The apostle Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians form part of an exciting, complex story of the growth of the New Testament church. We live in a time increasingly like Paul’s, when the church all over the known world is growing amid all kinds of aggressive false teaching. What an encouragement and challenge to witness Paul’s zeal for the gospel in the midst of missionary trips, newly planted churches, and persecution from multiple directions! How gracious of God to give us Paul’s inspired words, which still speak into the church with clarity and spur it on with the hope of Jesus’ return.


A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen Nielson holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in literature from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois). She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (Minnesota), and Wheaton College. She is the author of numerous Bible studies, and the book Bible Study: Following the Ways of the Word, as well as various articles and poems. Kathleen has directed and taught women’s Bible studies at several churches and speaks extensively at conferences and retreats. She serves as director of women’s initiatives for The Gospel Coalition and on the board of directors of The Charles Simeon Trust.

Check out Kathleen’s website: http://kathleennielson.com/


Reformed Expository Commentary series

Since the post about the Gospel According to the Old Testament series seemed to go over well with our readers, I thought it might be beneficial to do the same for some of our other series. So, next up is the Reformed Expository Commentary (REC) series. The REC series is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.

If you desire to find out more infor­ma­tion about a spe­cific title, you can click on the title and you will be directed to the REC seg­ment of our web­site — some of these titles include sam­ple chap­ters, table of con­tents, endorse­ments, and summaries.

Old Testament:

Author: Iain M. Duguid ~ Release Date: Nov 2005 ~ Page Count: 224 ~ Price: $17.99

Author: Richard D. Phillips ~ Release Date: May 2012 ~ Page Count: 576 ~ Price: $34.99

Author: Philip Graham Ryken ~ Release Date: May 2011 ~ Page Count: 636 ~ Price: $34.99

Author: Iain  M. Duguid ~ Release Date: March 2008 ~ Page Count: 256 ~ Price: $22.99

Author: Richard D. Phillips ~ Release Date: June 2010 ~ Page Count: 400 ~ Price: $29.99

Author: Richard D. Phillips ~ Release Date: June 2007 ~ Page Count: 368 ~ Price: $29.99


New Testament:

Author: Daniel M. Doriani ~ Release Date: Dec 2008 ~ Page Count: 1,200 ~ Price: $59.99

Author: Philip G Ryken ~ Release Date: Apr 2009 ~ Page Count: 1,488 ~ Price: $59.99

Author: Derek W. H. Thomas ~ Release Date: March 2011 ~ Page Count: 800 ~ Price: $39.99

Author: Philip Graham Ryken ~ Release Date: June 2005 ~ Page Count: 312 ~ Price: $24.99

Author: Bryan Chapell ~ Release Date: Aug 2009 ~ Page Count: 400 ~ Price: $29.99

Author: Dennis E. Johnson ~ Release Date: May 2013 ~ Page Count: 384 ~ Price: $29.99

Author: Philip G Ryken ~ Release Date: June 2007 ~ Page Count: 328 ~ Price: $29.99

Author: Richard D. Phillips ~ Release Date: Nov 2006 ~ Page Count: 670 ~ Price: $34.99

Author: Daniel M. Doriani ~ Release Date: Feb 2007 ~ Page Count: 240 ~ Price: $22.99



Authors: Daniel Doriani, Philip Graham Ryken, and Richard D. Phillips ~ Release Date: Oct 2008 ~ Page Count: 240 ~ Price: $22.99


Upcoming Titles in Series:

  • John

Author: Richard D. Phillips ~ Summer 2014

  • 1 Peter

Author: Daniel M. Doriani ~ Summer 2014

  • Ecclesiastes

Author: Douglas Sean O’Donnell ~ Fall 2014


Gospel According to the Old Testament Series

I have compiled a list of all the current books (and a couple of soon to be released titles) in the Gospel According to the Old Testament (GAOT) series. Sometimes it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on books in an ongoing series such as this, so this is my attempt to simplify things for you!

If you desire to find out more information about a specific title, you can click on the title and you will be directed to the GAOT segment of our website – some of these titles include sample chapters, table of contents, endorsements, and longer summaries.


1. Faith in the Face of Apostasy: The Gospel According to Elijah & Elisha

Author: Raymond B. Dillard | Release Date: July 1999 | Page Count: 184 | Price: $14.99

Summary: Explains the stories of Elijah and Elisha in the context of redemptive history.

2. Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham

Author: Iain M. Duguid | Release Date: Aug 1999 | Page Count: 182 | Price: $14.99

Summary: Pulls the reader into the dramatic unfolding of the story of Abraham as a significant stage in the larger story of salvation.

3. Immanuel In Our Place: Seeing Christ in Israel’s Worship

Author: Tremper Longman III | Release Date: Sept 2001 | Page Count: 240 | Price: $14.99

Summary: Gives insights into the Old Testament tabernacle and temple, the priesthood, the sacrifices, and festivals. Shows how Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament sacred space, acts, persons, and time.

4. Living in the Grip of Relentless Grace: The Gospel in the Lives of Isaac & Jacob

Author: Iain M. Duguid | Release Date: Oct 2002 | Page Count: 176 | Price: $12.99

Summary: We see how the message of Scripture converges on Jesus. Readers can take encouragement in their shortcomings; the gospel triumphs not through human might but through God’s relentless grace.

5. Salvation Through Judgment and Mercy: The Gospel According to Jonah

Author: Bryan D. Estelle | Release Date: Aug 2005 | Page Count: 170 | Price: $12.99

Summary: Estelle presents the book of Jonah as part of the unfolding, unified story of redemption. Readers interested in how the Old Testament points toward Christ will appreciate this study.

6. Hope in the Midst of a Hostile World: The Gospel According to Daniel

Author: George M. Schwab | Release Date: April 2006 | Page Count: 210 | Price: $12.99

Summary: Demonstrates how believers living among unbelievers, and  citizens of countries with increasingly hostile governments, have an opportunity to reveal God-inspired wisdom and to discover hope.

7. Crying Out for Vindication: The Gospel According to Job

Author: David R. Jackson | Release Date: May 2007 | Page Count: 254 | Price: $12.99

Summary: With gripping interpretation and excellent anecdotes, this book links Job’s experience with the gospel, showing that his hope was the same as ours today—in Jesus.

8. After God’s Own Heart: The Gospel According to David

Author: Mark J. Boda | Release Date: June 2007 | Page Count: 206 | Price: $12.99

Summary: Examines the life of David, showing how it relates to anointing, covenants, the temple, and sin. Ultimately demonstrates how David points to the Messiah to come.

9. From Famine to Fullness: The Gospel According to Ruth

Author: Dean R. Ulrich | Release Date: Sept 2007 | Page Count: 202 | Price: $12.99

Summary: Reveals the sovereign work of God through Ruth’s life. Ruth’s message is theological, rooted in God’s oversight of the movement of redemptive history that climaxes in the work of Jesus.

10. Love Divine and Unfailing: The Gospel According to Hosea

Author: Michael P. V. Barrett | Release Date: Nov 2008 | Page Count: 222 | Price: $12.99

Summary: A focus on the connection between Hosea’s marriage to Gomer and the Lord’s marriage to his people.

11. Longing for God in an Age of Discouragement: The Gospel According to Zechariah

Author: Bryan R. Gregory | Release Date: Nov 2010 | Page Count: 282 | Price: $12.99

Summary: Zechariah addresses God’s people as discouraged and in need of renewal—a situation familiar to many today. Here is a captivating vision of God and his work in the world.

12. Right in Their Own Eyes: The Gospel According to Judges

Author: George M. Schwab | Release Date: Nov 2011 | Page Count: 264 | Price: $12.99

Summary: The Book of Judges explores a time when everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges yearns for a Spirit-empowered leader with integrity to rule, namely Christ.

13. Living in the Light of Inextinguishable Hope: The Gospel According to Joseph

Authors: Iain M. Duguid and Matthew P. Harmon | Release Date: June 2013 | Page Count: 224 | Price: $14.99

Summary: Learn how the story of Joseph prefigures the gospel, testifying to God’s electing grace and showing how he redeems and restores broken and dysfunctional sinners to accomplish his purposes.



14. Recovering Eden: The Gospel According to Ecclesiastes

Author: Zack Eswine

15. From Bondage to Liberty: The Gospel According to Moses

Author: Anthony T. Selvaggio



Scripture Alone – New Paperback Edition

Written by R. C. Sproul, this book which was originally printed in 2005 as a hardcover book, has been re-printed as a paperback in order to be more economical. The list price is now $14.99 as opposed to the $17.99 price of the previous hardcover printing.


In the twentieth century, the doctrine of Scripture became a particular focus of intense criticism. Some of R. C. Sproul’s most significant writings have been on the doctrine of Scripture. Not all this material is in print, and no volume has ever collected his best writings on this pivotal doctrine.

Scripture Alone consists of four chapters that originally appeared in symposium volumes edited by others and the author’s commentary on the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. These writings constitute an important restatement of the evangelical doctrine of Scripture. Scripture Alone will help all Christians to stand firm in defense of the truth.


Price: $14.99 | Page Count: 216 | ISBN: 978-1-59638-954-0

Two New Booklets in the BASICS OF THE FAITH Series

What Is the Incarnation? by William B. Evans

Want to make sense of the New Testament? Start with the incarnation—a truth that goes far beyond Christmas.

The miracle of Jesus’ incarnation touches on deep truths, speaking to the very nature of God and humanity. Evans shows how the Bible consistently supports the incarnation as actual fact. He also describes the early church’s efforts to express this great mystery and explores some key questions about the incarnation and its practical implications for our daily lives.

“Evans introduces us to both the teaching of Scripture and the loving reflections of some of the best minds of the Christian centuries . . . Will stimulate even greater love for and faith in the Lord Jesus.” – Sinclair Ferguson, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

“Concisely and accessibly, Dr. Evans demonstrates . . . how crucial [the incarnation] is and how only the incarnate Son of God could save us.” – Robert Letham, Author, Union with Christ


*Check out William Evans’ short promotional video about his new booklet: click here to watch the video on youtube.

Williams B. Evans is Younts Professor of Bible and Religion at Erskine College in Due West, South Carolina.




What Is the Bible? by Guy Prentiss Waters

Waters defines important terms—“revelation,” “inspiration,” and “inerrancy”—clearing away misconceptions, equipping us to understand and answer leading objections to the doctrine of the Bible, and explaining its importance for Christian living.

“Guy Waters’ answer to the foundational question, “What is the Bible?” is a theological gem. It sparkles with clarity, delighting the heart of faith. Herein, he guides us to theological confidence in Holy Scripture in the midst of the troubled seas of contemporary doubt and confusion.” – Peter A. Lillback, President, WTS, Philadelphia


Guy Prentiss Waters is Professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Other books by Waters include How Jesus Runs the Church,The Federal Vision and Covenant Theology, and Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul.