the "deuterocanonical" books as per wikipedia: "The deuterocanonical books (from the Greek meaning "belonging to the second canon") are books and passages considered by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church...
the "deuterocanonical" books as per wikipedia: "The deuterocanonical books (from the Greek meaning "belonging to the second canon") are books and passages considered by the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East to be canonical books of the Old Testament but which are considered non-canonical by Protestant denominations." These books are Tobit, Judith, 1&2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach and Baruch.
I found the form to be very logical: The overall structure of the Bible, Old Testament (OT)geography, OT historical books starting from Genesis to the return of the Jews from Babylon to Jerusalem, poems and prophetical books. Next section is the structure and geography of the New Testament, Gospels, founding of the Church, missions to the Jews and Gentiles, the letters (or epistles mostly from Paul and also from Peter, James and others). The third section is ten important doctrines of the Bible about God the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, angels, humans, sin, salvation thru Christ, the future including Christ''s glorious return, heaven or hell, new universe, eternity.
A few criticisms are that several of the author''s chapter introductions are trivial or irrelevant. On p 237 he states that when a person dies,the Christian person''s spirit immediately receives a new body untouched by sin. This is not Catholic teaching. From catholicanswers.com: "The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns to earth, he will physically raise all those who have died, giving them back the bodies they lost at death.These will be the same bodies people had in earthly life—but our resurrection bodies will not die and, for the righteous, they will be transformed into a glorified state, freed from suffering and pain, and enabled to do many of the amazing things Jesus could do with his glorified body (see 1 Cor. 15:35–44, 1 John 3:2)."
Just as Jesus'' risen body had the holes from the crucifixion in his hands, feet, and side, so our bodies we have on earth will be glorified by God at the resurrection of the dead. This is not done immediately at death.
While Jesus'' sacrifice of his life on the cross to take on the penalty of sin for humans opens heaven for us, the author states (page 232) that "Good and bad works have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not you go to heaven." This contradicts Jesus'' words about how we will be judged in Matthew 25: 31-46. (biblegateway.com, New Living Translation) 31 “But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. 36 I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’
37 “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? 39 When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,you were doing it to me!’
41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.[g] 42 For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. 43 I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’
44 “Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’
45 “And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’
46 “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.”
It is clear that our good and bad works do effect our eternal destiny. While we don''t "earn" our way into heaven thru good works, we do need to obey Christ and his commands, not only believe. As James 2: 14-26 states:
14 What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, 16 and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?
17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.
18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.[f] Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
21 Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete. 23 And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”[g] He was even called the friend of God.[h] 24 So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.
25 Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road. 26 Just as the body is dead without breath,[i] so also faith is dead without good works.
Understanding the Bible in 30 Days is a valuable resource. Thank you very much to Max Anders for what looks to be many years of research and prayer to write this book. God bless you.