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Monday, September 12, 2005

Devotional Recommendation

I finally found a devotional book/guide that I really like and would wholeheartedly recommend to everybody. D.A. Carson's book For the Love of God (Vol. 1 & 2) is a devotional companion to Robert Murray M'Cheyne's Bible reading schedule. If you follow M'Cheyne's schedule, you will read through the New Testament and Psalms twice and the Old Testament once in the course of a year. Each daily reading consists of four different passages, two from the OT and two from the NT. I have been following this schedule for some time now, and one of the complaints I have is wishing I could dig deeper into the Bible. For a while I searched for something that would help me understand the Bible better without having to do tons of reading on a daily basis. I also didn't like most of the devotional books available because they tend to be fluffy or the exegesis of the Bible isn't always on target. Another danger was the tendency for the devotional book to commend itself or its lessons instead of the Bible. In contrast, Carson in the introduction of his book says:
If you must skip something, skip this book; read the Bible instead.
I really appreciate this. Amen. The Bible should be THE book we cling to. It was with great delight that I discovered Carson's companion guide. Carson dispenses reflections, explanations, and comments regarding each daily reading. I have been enjoying this little treasure because it enables me to gain a better understanding of the Bible.