Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Year with God by R. P. Nettelhorst

Subtitle is Daily Reading and Reflections on God’s Own Words, Thomas Nelson Publishers.

What a great idea. Although I’ve seen a number of books concentrating on the words of Jesus, I don’t recall one focusing on the words spoken by God. The author presents Bible excerpts in which God has spoken directly to humans.

The 365 daily readings are short, taking maybe five minutes to read. The Bible quotations are taken from several different translations. The accompanying meditations by Nettelhorst give background as well as insight into how the recipient of God’s message reacted to hearing directly from their Creator. As stated on the cover, the author suggests that the reader “make His thoughts your thoughts.” The readings are grouped by topic: Hope and Change, Peace and Love. See the entire table of contents on Amazon using the Look Inside feature.

In order to do this review in a timely manner, I had to read the book straight through. I found myself wanting to stop and study instead of reading on. That’s a tribute to the skill of the writer, in my opinion. He caught my interest and made me want to know more. This book would be a great gift for someone new to the Bible and/or the Christian faith. However, I think it would be very useful to someone who studies God’s word regularly.

For more about the author, visit his website.

 Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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