Friday, February 24, 2017
Review: "90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, & James"
I looked forward to the release of the first volume in this series: 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, and James by Timothy Keller and Sam Allberry, and I am pleased with the devotional.
Keller tackles Romans and Allberry takes John and James.
These devotions originally appeared in Explore Quarterly 66, 67, & 72 and are very brief.
In the Introduction, Carl Laferton explains that these devotions are to be “open Bible” (7) – that is, the reader is to have his Bible open and apply the devotional reading – one to two pages – to the Bible – and respond on the final page of each devotional, where one has an entire page to write thoughts and questions.
Laferton suggests reading the text for each devotion and then record what struck you in the passage, questions you have, how you ought to change in response to the text, a one sentence summary, and a reflective prayer (8), but one could proceed through it in other manners.
The devotions are Socratic – statements and then questions to prompt the reader’s response. And they are well done.
My one complain with this beautiful hard-cover volume with bookmark is that the text of the Scripture is not printed in the devotion.
Despite the composition of the devotions, it is too easy for aa faithless and lazy generation to read the devotion and skip the Scripture. With it before the reader, it would be more likely that these devotions would accomplish their purpose with the average reader.
That being said, this is a worthwhile volume by faithful men, and I look forward to future volumes in the series.
[This review appears on my blog and on Amazon.com. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.]