i really appreciated returning and re-reading some of the books i read while i was in seminary on how to approach the Bible. In particular, i loved the image of being in relationship with the Bible, just like how we describe our relationship with God. In particular, i would like to recommend these 2 books:
How to Read the Bible Without Losing Your Mind by Kent Blevins
Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy by John Shelby Spong
We have a few copies of Kent Blevin’s book in our library. Do check it out – it is written not for seminarians but for lay people!