Richard Mayhue is Dean of Studies at the Master's Seminary and has sufficient credibility to write a volume about how to properly interpret the Bible. Writing in a simple and straightforward manner, he describes the process of "cutting it straight," a term he borrows from Paul's message to Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15. Though the passage is most often translated "handling accurately the word of truth" the literal sense is "cutting it straight." This book is thus divided into three sections. The first deals with how to make straight cuts, the second with avoiding crooked cuts, and the third with living out your cuts.
In the first several chapters Mayhue lays out the proper methods for studying Scripture. He speaks about presuppositions, methodology and rules for interpretation. A significant portion of the section is devoted to recommended study tools - concordances, dictionaries, commentaries and so on.