Devotional books are great, aren't they. Nobody would suggest that we need anything to supplement reading the straight Bible text, but sometimes some brief comments, some questions, some observations made by someone who doesn't think exactly like we do just help the Bible's text and message to hit exactly the right spot in order to help us.
"Bible Studies on Mark" is a good example. Too brief to be a commentary, this book aims to open up the text of Mark in 21 brief chapters, around 8 pages a "lesson", commenting, explaining and applying. It's a book where you read the Bible text and then read Boekestein's comments. At the end of each chapter there are questions for reflection and application, then the end-notes. Boekestein's approach is very practical and helpful, but you'll be doing quite a lot of reading.
The book is conservative, straightforward and reverent. The "long ending" of Mark is regarded as authenticated by centuries of tradition, though Boekestein considers what would be meant if the "short ending" was the authoritative text.
This is a wholesome and useful book, good for daily reading or for studies in Mark at a fairly light level. Recommended.
I received a free copy of the book in electronic format in exchange for a fair and truthful review.