These Bible studies begin with the assumption that all scripture is breathed out by God, able to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus, and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness, that we might be competent and equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3: 15-17). The studies exist to help "studiers" learn, increasingly, the method and the reward of digging into the scriptures. Each study covers one complete book of scripture and focuses on careful, inductive study of the text itself: the goal is to read, understand, and then apply God's word. Especially in introducing each book, the studies do present the larger scriptural context, so that a book finds its rightful place in the whole biblical story of God's redemption through Jesus Christ.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Kathleen Nielson is a graduate of Wheaton College (IL), and holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Literature from Vanderbilt University. She has taught in the English departments at Vanderbilt University, Bethel College (MN), and Wheaton College. She is the author of numerous Bible studies, and has published two books on biblical poetry, as well as various articles and poems. Kathleen has directed and taught Women's Bible Studies at several churches, speaks extensively at women's conferences and retreats, and serves on the Board of Trustees of Wheaton College and on the Board of Directors of Focus on the Family. Kathleen is married to Dr. Niel Nielson, President of Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Kathleen and Niel have three sons: Jonathan (21), Daniel (19), and David (16).