Book Review: Notes on Galatians & Philippians by William Trew

coverWilliam Trew, Notes on Galatians & Philippians (Bristol: Precious Seed Publications, 2011), 70 pp.

Reviewed by Mitchell Taylor

Among virtually endless options for commentaries on Galatians and Philippians with varying degrees of helpfulness, this compact edition by William Trew stands out. If you are looking for a concise overview that you will return to on many occasions, this little book captures the essence of these two epistles in as few words as possible. This book is a compilation of articles published by Precious Seed in the 1960s and 70s that fluidly move through their respective books in an expositional manner.

The book is divided into two sections, one for each epistle. Each epistle is introduced and briefly explained as Trew guides the reader through an outline of Galatians and Philippians. Mr. Trew was clearly a gifted expositor, whose comments swerved neither to the right nor the left as he navigated the epistle. His outlines are on point. His details about those divisions leave behind insight that is both profound and considerate of the entire context of the letter in view.

A younger believer will not be overwhelmed by this book; an older believer will feel a renewed grasp of these epistles by reading this overview. Though this collection of articles will not answer every question that you have about each verse, it will give you clarity, whet your appetite to dig deeper, and leave you with a correct understanding of two of Paul’s epistles.