Sunday, June 30, 2013

These Are The Days Of Elijah by R.T. Kendall - book review

     Elijah is one of the most interesting characters in the Bible.  He is inspiring, enlightening, and downright human.  I think that sometimes we look at men like Elijah as if they were superheroes.  We kind of put them on this level above our own level of life.  We don't see ourselves being able to accomplish what great men like that accomplished.  We feel like we can't live at that kind of spiritual level.
     R.T. Kendall does a great job showing the humanity of Elijah.  Starting in the introduction, he points out that Elijah was nothing more than a normal human being like anyone of us. He put it pretty good in the introduction:
 "What strikes me most about Elijah is that he was both extraordinary and ordinary.  He was spectacular - stating boldly, for example, that it would not rain until he gave the word; and there was not a drop of rain for three and a half years.  Yet James noted that Elijah was a man 'just like us' because he was so very, very human...Elijah took himself too serious; he felt he was the only prophet around worth a grain of salt and fancied he was a cut above all before him....If God could use a man as human as Elijah was, there is hope for all of us!" 
      This book goes through Elijah's preparations, disappointments, high times, low times, risks, rewards, and ultimately, his being taken to Heaven in a whirlwind.  Elijah's life was full of ups and downs.  He made mistakes.  He had problems.  God had to teach him lessons.  And yet in the end, God was able to use Elijah in amazing ways.
      I think the author of this book does a great job in bringing out the most important fact that God can use any of us just as He did Elijah.  We all hold that potential.  Overall, this is a good book on the life of Elijah.  I wouldn't say that it's the easiest to read, it's well written and researched.  So I give it a 3 out of 5.
     I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Revealing Jesus( A 365-Day Devotional) by Darlene Zschech

   I have enjoyed reviewing Revealing Jesus by Darlene Zschech.  It is a nicely designed, easy to read devotional that covers a complete year.  I must admit from the start that I have never been one to read a lot of devotionals.  I tend to use them for inspiration for Wednesday night service at church, but I actually found this one to be a really well written devotional.
   You will find traditional devotions in pages of this book, but one of the things that I think really impressed me is that scattered throughout are devotionals that contain nothing but the words to a song.  The Solid Rock, Amazing Grace, and Great is Thy Faithfulness are just a few.
   The devotionals are encouraging, enlightening, and always based upon a scripture verse of the day.  They are topical, but tend to follow a well thought out pattern.  As I read through the book, I found that instead of just jumping from one scripture to the next, the author would spend a whole week or even a month on one passage of scripture.
   Overall, I would give this a 5 out of 5.  It is a great devotional for anyone.  I don't think that it's very deep or hard to read in areas of theology.  It's just good, basic devotionals that will uplift the Christian and enlighten the sinner.
   I received this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchanged for my review.   It is easily available to buy on most online book retailers.  Read it and enjoy it!

God Bless,

Marcus