Sunday, September 18, 2016
Subtitled “Devotions to Deepen Your Faith in Christ”, this book is aimed at those who may be searching for God, questioning His existence, or wondering about the authenticity and authority of the Bible. In addition, it painstakingly lays the groundwork for belief in creationism, the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the supremacy of God. It really is a thorough apologetic work in the form of short devotionals. I would recommend this book to those who are questioning their beliefs about God, Jesus or the Bible or to those who wish to bolster their ability to convincingly speak to those who are. The book is well reasoned and well written, covering the basics of the Christian faith with clarity and conviction. I received this book for free in exchange for my unbiased review through the Thomas Nelson BookSneeze Program.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
This book of 125 daily meditations was the first book I’ve read by John Piper. It covered a wide variety of topics from the theological to the mundane. Many of the readings reflected the wisdom of a man who has lived a long time and who has given great thought to the subject of what it means to be human and what it means to walk with God. There is something helpful in this book for everyone. I found a few of the meditations particularly stimulating, such as the one that challenges people not to retire, and the excellent one on how to approach Sunday worship. At times, however, Piper’s choice of topic and/or writing were almost incomprehensible to me. They seemed to be answering questions no one is asking. The meditations entitled, “How Does the Spirit Produce Love?” and “Cherishing Truth for the Sake of Love” were cases in point. There were times when Piper went so deeply into a subject that he lost me. All in all, this book was good. It did not, however, make me want to read more of Piper’s writings. I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.