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Sunday, November 14, 2010

A Year with God - Review

A Year with God
Author: R.P. Nettelhorst

One thing that intrigued me about A Year with God by R. P. Nettelhorst was the concept of using God’s own words in the Old Testament to speak with us throughout the year. While I enjoy the Old Testament, like many Christians, I am much more versed in the New Testament. I did find it interesting that it seemed to exclude the words of Christ as God’s words; however, I don’t think that was the intent.

The difficulty with using the Old Testament is that there are events in the Old Testament that are difficult to apply to our modern day lives. One example is when God wipes out thousands because David had made a mistake. The meditation states that, “Why did those men suffer for David’s mistake? They had benefited from David’s rule; likewise, they suffered for it.” The lesson being that our actions affect others. My desire, however, is to delve more deeply into those actions and consequences. I felt like I needed more.

A Year with God does do a good job of providing scripture and commentary in many different categories: Perseverance and Quitting, Hope and Fear, Love and Hate, etc. While a devotion for each day of the year is provided, one is not limited by the order the devotions are presented. A person can pick and choose based on what is on their heart at the time. God spoke to me through several of the devotions I read.

I feel if I were more versed in the Old Testament, I believe I would have related to and felt more closure through the commentary provided post scripture. This will be a good book to keep on my shelf while I revisit my Bible and strive to better understand God’s Word through the Old Testament. I will then revisit and spend my Year with God.

*** I received this book free of charge from BookSneeze for my honest review.

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