Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Review

When my copy of the book arrived in the mail, I immediately found myself interested.  The Bible text is the newest (2011) version of the New International Version.  Around the Bible text are two types of notes.  The vast majority are based on 52 topical studies - each with five days of individual notes based upon various Biblical references.  In addition, there is a suggested memory passage for each week.  

As an example, here is what I found for Week 33.  I chose this passage because it begins with a reading and devotional based on Mark 2, the book I am currently preaching on.  The theme for the week is “Change/Innovation”, with readings and devotionals based on Mark 2, John 1, Genesis 12, Acts 10, and Acts 16.  The scripture memory passage is Philippians 3:12-14.  The entry concludes with a link to the page number of the entry for “Week 34: Situational Leadership”.

Along with these weekly devotionals are a large number of “Insights” - shorter, stand alone, devotional thoughts on specific topics.  I do wish there were more of these - there are too many chapters and pages with no notes.  

Both types of notes are interesting and insightful - aimed at the 21st century believer who is also a leader.  The devotional thoughts, like Jesus himself, do not merely speak to church leaders, but to leaders of any type.  The advice is solid and helpful.  The book, itself, is  well-designed; the copy I received included a very nice duo-tone leather cover.   The book will look nice on the bookshelf or desk of any person finding himself or herself in a position of leadership.

This review is based on a free copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.

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