"The challenges facing anyone seeking to introduce the literature and message of the New Testament to this generation are many. Constantine Campbell and Jonathan Pennington have successfully responded to them with this remarkably useful and effective survey, rooted in their exhortation to read the biblical revelation as disciples expecting transformation. Their goal is to provide 'a guide for students to thoughtfully read the texts of Scripture themselves,' assisted by those who are 'a bit further along on the journey.' To achieve this, the authors helpfully structure each chapter according to the threefold pattern of orientation, exploration, and implementation. In the concise 'Orientation' section, students are introduced to the literary genre, structure, and key themes of each book or letter. In the major 'Exploration' section, the authors provide a succinct, theologically informed commentary to aid students in their understanding, as they themselves read each section of the biblical text. In the concluding 'Implementation' section, students are encouraged to move from the biblical context to the present day, through applications that demand a response. Color-coded sidebars punctuate each section, inviting students to consider intriguing insights, questions, and observations stemming from five areas--'Historical Matters,' 'Literary Notes,' 'Theological Issues,' 'Canonical Connections,' and 'Reception History.' Each chapter ends with 'Christian Reading Questions' that summon further reflection, often in relation to other portions of Scripture or pieces of art inspired by Christian theology. The book is littered with full-color maps, diagrams, tables, and photographs and concludes with a glossary of key terms highlighted throughout. Precious few texts succeed where this one excels--winsomely equipping beginning students of the New Testament with enough resources to understand and respond to its message without burying them with information. It will quickly become a standard choice for both novice and veteran educators. I enthusiastically recommend it!"