Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation by Robert J. Morgan

240_360_book-2208-coverMeditation in the United States, has, unfortunately been relegated to an eastern, religious act to draw oneself closer to illumination. By the emptying of one’s mind with rhythmic breathing, the spirit of an individual can contact the source of illumination. This influence may become a barrier when a person reads the Bible and notes verses about meditation on the Word of God.

In his book, Reclaiming the Lost Art of Biblical Meditation, Robert J. Morgan seeks to correct this misunderstanding and introduce the reader to Biblical meditation for spiritual growth and wisdom. Morgan has seen the benefit of meditation, done Biblically, and wants fellow Christian to benefit as well.

Morgan starts off with explaining meditation from a Biblical understanding and then gives ways to use meditation spiritual development. Such development can aid in areas such as: caming of the spirit, insight into God’s Will, and the wonder of God to name a few. By meditating, a Christian can focus on God and His wisdom thus growing deeper in faith and understanding of Scripture.

Morgan also has a download of guided meditations. These guided meditations are set to music with Morgan reading passages of Scripture in a metre format. This should be a good start for those wanting to embrace Biblical meditation and develop habits of proper meditational tactics.

I found this book to helpful in its explanation of meditation. Its short length acts as a decent primer on meditation and can be read in a short time span. This makes it ideal for developing good habits of meditation but not so lengthy as to lose the reader who wants to start as soon as possible.

There is also a meditation guide in the back for the reading of Scripture. Passages are given then brief instructions on how to meditate on those passages. Again, a nice tool to have to encourage the development of meditational tactics.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Seeing Jesus by Nancy Guthrie

416000The Old Testament has stories of men and women who were used by God to accomplish His will. Flawed as they were, God saw fit to call them to Himself to be agents of His plan. These men and women are used as examples to us to show that God can use anyone He sees fit to use.

However, there is also another person in the Old Testament that may appear if one only looks to find him. Who is this person? Jesus.

By focusing on Jesus and comparing Him to various Scriptural passages, Nancy Guthrie wants her reads to see Christ throughout the Old Testament. She hopes this will cause one to see the Old Testament from another viewpoint and draw her reads closer to Jesus. Whether that be prophecy, parallelisms, or just point out the need for a Savior, Jesus can be found in the Old Testament and Guthrie would like to show where.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Daily Reading from The Christian in Complete Armour by James S. Bell Jr.

9780802413369The Christian in Complete Armour was written by William Gurnall around the middle of the 1600’s. It is a potent book on fighting against satan and the evil that emanates from his destructive will. It has been called by some as one of the greatest books for Christians in the last 400 years.

Recognizing the importance of this book, James S. Bell Jr. has compiled some of its wisdom and truth in a 365-day devotional. Each day has gives a sampling of the insight Gurnall gave in his classical work and its relevance still to this day. Unlike some devotionals that are based on more levity, this devotional hones in on spiritual warfare.

I found the depth of this devotional a delicacy of truths and recommend that it take more of a priority in the devotional readings of Christians worldwide.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

 

Shalom in Psalms by Jeffrey Seif, Glenn Blank, Paul Wilbur

Untitled-2Shalom in Psalms is a devotional put out from three individuals who really want to have Christians understand the Book of Psalms from a Jewish perspective. The authors go through all 150 Psalms drawing out Hebrew words to show the cultural significance of each of the Psalms. Each Psalm is given in its entirety and then a devotional commentary follows highlighting key words or phrases.

For those who are unfamiliar with the Hebraic roots this devotional will give some insight into understanding each Psalm from a Jewish perspective. Also the version use is the Tree of Life Version which if you are not familiar with changes some of the names so that the hebraic Roots come through.

I found this devotional insightful into the Jewish roots of Christianity. However, I will say that there is not much in the area of study. This is more of a primer to draw out certain words and phrases that may not be apparent to an English reader.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Authentic Living by Richard Exley

lg-authentic-livingThe Christian life can have its challenges just like any other life. With day-to-day activities, sometimes it can be difficult to take time to enhance one’s Christian faith. In his devotional, Authentic Living, Richard Exley has a daily devotional in which he gives challenges with the idea of allowing the reader to take to heart what was read and really meditate on it.

Hopefully, the Christian reading the devotional will recognize who Jesus is, who they are, and begin to authentically live out their Christian faith. There is a thought, a reading, a Scripture passage, then a prayer at the end that compose a daily devotional.

While reading through this devotional, I  appreciate what the author was trying to convey. However, I feel that this devotional is pretty much on par with other devotionals out there and does not stand out as a particular resource that I would recommend over any other devotional.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Kingdom Family Devotional by Dr. Tony Evans & Jonathan Evans

978-1-58997-855-3I can recall my dad doing family devotions with us growing up. He would usually give a story and then relate a Biblical lesson to that story. While I can’t recall all of the stories, as there thousands of them, I do remember the overarching theme behind them: do what is right.

Dr. Tony Evans and his son Jonathan have written a devotional to encourage a family to come together over the truths of God’s Word. Each day there is a Scripture to read, a devotional reading, and then a call to put into action what was learned. The days are short in length, most being less than a full page, but that does not negate the impact they can have.

I recommend that this devotional be used as a supplement to the family devotion time that already exist. If you do not have a family devotional time, start with this devotional. It may be the tool needed to challenge the growth in your family as God-followers. Read an excerpt here to decide.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.