Ratings (out of 5 stars):
Content Heaviness ⭐⭐⭐
Straight to the point with sufficient elaboration
Ease to Read ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Personal and straightforward language, visuals provide a summary of concepts
Scripture References & Explanation ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Many verses with basic explanations used in support of concepts and teachings
Case Studies & Application ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Addresses readers directly to put beliefs into action, almost a step by step guide to apply learnings, although sometimes perhaps too simplistically.
Visual Theology is a book that uses visuals – diagrams, infographics, pictures to illustrate and explain theology. It focuses on the four broad disciplines of the Christian life – Having a relationship with Christ, understanding the work of Christ, becoming like Christ and living for Christ. Visual Theology is aimed for believers to grow in godliness and to keep the faith (2 Tim 4:7-8) by practicing these four disciplines. It is especially beneficial to new converts.
Visual Theology succinctly explains key themes in the Christian life and supports it with scripture. It also has short summaries of specific ideas which the book is unable to explain more, for example, "The Trinity". Again, these summaries are supported with scripture. The authors also recommended related books for readers to dive in-depth into these topics.
Visual Theology is written in a clear, concise and categorical manner. All of its teachings are broken down into smaller categories and ideas for easy understanding and consumption. The ease of understanding is further enhanced by the visual presentation of theology.
Clearly, using visuals to illustrate and explain theology makes this book different and an exciting read compared to other theology books. However, the visuals do not necessarily aid in the explanation or understanding of theology. Instead, these visuals present theology in a manner that readers can consume in a quicker 10-second look of the visual, instead of reading. These visuals form a memory and summary checkpoint for readers. In order to understand the theology, readers will have to read the explanations in full, which the authors spared no effort in making theology understandable. With the visuals, it forms as motivation for readers to continue reading the book without getting bored!
Visual theology does its best in making theology applicable. For example, it explains what the bible is. However, it does not stop there, it goes further to explain what the bible does in one's life. One of the favourite applicational visuals is a roadmap on “How to put sin to death”. All in all, Visual Theology brings out the Christian worldview and how the gospel answers life’s biggest question.
One of the things that Visual Theology does not do, is to explain bible verses in an in-depth manner. The verses quoted supports the theology and does limited explanation. Readers are encouraged to read and study the verses quoted to have a good understanding. Therefore, Visual Theology is highly recommended as light bible study material for cell group leaders and discipleship makers to share with new converts or a newly formed cell group. Leaders can support and teach quoted verses accordingly. Visual Theology also has a team behind it, continually producing new visuals and materials for educational purposes. These materials can be accessed at https://visualtheology.church/
All-in-all, Visual Theology is a highly recommended book and suitable for any believer who would like to “go back to basics”.