The Books

Phil Moore is the author of the "Straight To The Heart" series, a new range of devotional commentaries which helps people to get to grips with each book of the Bible, one bite at a time. Containing sixty bite-sized insights per book, they are accessible, full of useful application and backed by substantial scholarship. They are a great resource for daily devotions, house groups or as a preaching aid. Read sample chapters from each book here and purchase copies online.

Gagging Jesus

Jesus of Nazareth wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Those who claim to follow him, on the other hand, often are. It’s easy to settle for a tamed and domesticated Jesus. A bound-and-gagged Jesus. A wouldn’t-say-boo-to-a-goose Jesus. A Jesus of our own making. That’s why this book focuses on the fifteen most outrageous things which Jesus said. Get ready to discover the real Jesus in his ungagged glory.

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The Bible in 100 Pages

Most people want to discover the message of the Bible. The problem is simply that they are too busy. It just looks far too long. When they do read it, they often find it hard to see the wood for the trees amongst its 66 books, 1,189 chapters and 31,102 verses. That’s why The Bible In 100 Pages is for you.

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Straight to the Heart of Genesis

“To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to remain a child always,” claimed the Roman orator Cicero. Perhaps that’s why Genesis is one of the most loved and hated books ever written. Genesis – the name is simply the Greek word for “Origins” – is the God-inspired history of the world from its inception, and right from the outset it was always controversial.

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Straight to the Heart of Moses

God is invisible. That’s a problem. It was a problem in ancient Egypt and it’s still a problem today. In a world where people tend to worship what they can see and feel and taste and touch, an invisible God is all too easy to ignore. That’s why we need Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy to show us God’s glorious master plan to be seen through his People.

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Straight to the Heart of 1&2 Samuel

God is looking for the kind of person he can use. Thankfully, he isn't put off very easily in his search. When Samson failed, he found Samuel. When Saul failed, he found David. When David failed, he lovingly restored him and used him again. God is still looking for the kind of person he can use. This book will help you become the kind of person he is looking for.

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Straight to the Heart of Psalms

God wants us to worship him, so it shouldn’t surprise us that the longest book of the Bible sets out to show us how. The Psalms were written by Israel’s greatest worshippers over the course of 1,000 years in order to teach God’s People how he wants them to worship him. They show us what kind of worship is music to God’s ears.

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Straight to the Heart of Solomon

Life only works God’s way. That’s what Solomon teaches us in the book of Proverbs. Our love lives will only work God’s way too, as Solomon celebrates in his risqué Song of Songs. Sadly, Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes in his old age as a record of what happened to him when he failed to follow his own advice. He warns us from experience that life really does only work God’s way.

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Straight to the Heart of Matthew

Jesus of Nazareth sparked a massive revolution. A lot of people miss that fact. They are so used to the long-haired, blue-eyed, white-robed storybook Jesus that they imagine he was about as tame and domesticated as many of his churches today. But he wasn’t. Jesus was a radical, dangerous revolutionary who made big waves and powerful enemies. He was not killed for preaching pithy parables, but because he claimed to be King.

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Straight to the Heart of John

John wrote his gospel to give us a ringside seat from which to watch the Galilean carpenter whose message changed the world. Mark writes to tell us WHAT Jesus did, and Matthew and Luke write to explain WHY Jesus did it, but John’s main concern is to help us discover WHO Jesus is and what it means for us to follow him today.

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Straight to the Heart of Acts

In 30AD, Jesus of Nazareth looked to have been an utter failure. If you don’t understand that, then you will miss the message of the book of Acts. It is a record of survival through adversity, triumph against all odds, and victory snatched from the jaws of defeat. It is the story of a group of ordinary people who turned the tide of history through the power of their extraordinary God.

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Straight to the Heart of Romans

Paul’s letter to the Romans is not just the longest surviving letter from the ancient world. It was also the most dangerous. Paul sent it into Nero’s backyard to proclaim that Jesus is Lord and that his readers needed to surrender. Whatever the world may have told us and whatever false gospels we may have believed, it’s time for all of us to wake up to Paul’s message that there is a new King in town.

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Straight to the Heart of 1&2 Corinthians

If you think that 1 and 2 Corinthians are somebody else’s mail, then you need to think again. Paul wrote them for you and he wrote them for me. Right from the outset, his goal was far bigger than the city walls of Corinth. He copied them to “all the saints throughout Achaia” and to “all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” They are God’s message to believers in any local church in any place at any time. They describe the kind of church God can use.

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Straight to the Heart of Galatians to Colossians

The apostle Paul wasn’t a superhero. He just had God on the inside. In these letters to the churches which he planted, he tells us the secrets of his fruitful ministry. He shows us that the Gospel means that we can have God on the inside too. He doesn’t tell us to admire his fruitfulness. He tells us how we can become like him.

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Straight to the Heart of 1 Thessalonians to Titus

God turns scrap metal into gold. He changed the Apostle Paul and he changed the many thousands who sat in on Paul’s teaching. By God's grace, the lessons in Paul’s discipleship training school became part of the New Testament. These five letters show us how God takes ordinary people from the scrapheap and turns the base metal of their lives into purest gold.

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Straight to the Heart of Revelation

The last book of the Bible is not primarily about weird beasts, strange allegories, or encoded detail about the final years of Planet Earth. It’s a book which focuses on one great fact which trumps all others throughout the whole of AD history. It’s a simple fact, but a fact which changes everything: God is on the Throne of the universe, and he is working out his strategies from the control-room of Heaven.

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