I became a Christian when I was in middle school, but I did not join a Bible-believing church or get discipled until I was in college. That’s when I started going to Aletheia Church in Harrisonburg, VA. The church was based on a principle that I had never heard of: the idea that the Bible really is true and relevant to our lives! When I finally embraced this concept, my faith experienced an explosion of growth. A woman named Mary agreed to mentor me, and she started by teaching me how to study the Bible for myself. This turned out to be a truly life-changing experience, as reading the Bible has shaped all of my choices from that time forward. It has impacted my choice of graduate program, my marriage, and has led me to many interesting people and places. Most of all, I now have a relationship with God that is colored by the multitude of different ways that He describes Himself in the Bible. It has given me a passion to see other people learn about the Bible so they, too, can have a flourishing, intimate relationship with God. Unfortunately, many people have never been taught how to study Scripture and instead rely on devotionals, if they read the Word at all, leaving the theological heavy lifting up to the “professionals.” I wrote Swim in the Deep End in order that some of these people might be inspired and equipped to study the Bible for themselves, rather than accept the easy answers they are given.
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