Guthrie's take on this is to pick one verse out of each book of the Bible and use it to represent what the book is about. Sometimes the verse represents the main theme of the book and other times it represents a major event of the book. Then following the verse, Guthrie spends a few pages fleshing out why that verse represents what is going on in that book of the Bible.
I'm sure many long time students of the Bible would be skeptical of this approach, but Guthrie has done an excellent job laying down just the right amount of information to help launch someone into reading the Bible on their own. This obviously is not the end all, be all study book, but it helps those who are overwhelmed by everything in the Bible begin to break it down into smaller parts and see what each part is trying to say.
I recommend this book to people who are interested in starting to read the Bible on their own. While it would still be of use to long time students of the Bible, it's strength would definitely be with the beginner, either to read before they start studying the Bible or d