I am not your "typical Californian" who sounds like a surfer or Valley Girl, (after all, I'm a midwesterner/sourtherner!!) but this new study book by John MacArthur is "Way Cool!" It's called "MacArthur's Quick Reference Guide to the Bible." The one we got from Grace to You ministries is the Student's Edition, paperback, that retails for $12.99. The Guide is a combination of a Bible handbook, short commentary and Q & A book. It begins with an Introduction to the Bible, How we got the Bible, How to study the Bible, and a Chronology of the Bible. Then, in each book it gives the author & date of writing, key people in the book, background & setting, key doctrines, examples in that book of God's character (holiness, sovereignty, etc.), Christ in that book, key words, a quick overview and frequently asked questions about that book of the Bible. This is a great gift for your pastor, for a young person graduating from High School, for a young man or woman attending Bible college or seminary...or your wife for her birthday or Mother's Day! (Hint, hint!! ) Tho' we are of a slightly different "flavor" than MacArthur (he's Dispensational, we aren't) it's so rich with good teaching & helps that a slight differing of opinions can be looked past easily. Thumbs up for MacArthur's Quick Reference Guide to the Bible!