Friday, April 8, 2011

A Year With God - A book review

A Year With God by R.P. Nettlehorst is a 365 day devotional based upon the wordsand promises of God contained in the Old Testament books from several versions of the Bible, including NKJV, NASB, and NRSV.  Each day contains a passage from the Old Testament and then a brief, thought-provoking application of the Bible passage to present-day life.  The table of contents is split into ten broad topics with each daily reading given a poignant title.  Each daily entry is a quick, one-page entry that can easily be read in a few minutes and guides the reader to some often overlooked passages from the Old Testament.  
This paperback book is sturdy and paper is thick like that found in fiction books lending to a relaxed reading experience.  Each Bible passage is printed in the upper section of the page in a formal typeset, and the devotional passages are printed below in an informal typeset allowing one to easily transition between the two sections.  The topical table of contents made it easy to select a section based upon what life situations.  Since the entries were numbered rather than assigned a date it took a little more work to determine where to start in order to read the devotional through daily, as I began the book in the middle of the year.

As a resource for those looking to know God deeper, this book is a great beginning - exposing one to Old Testament passages without becoming overwhelmed with genealogies.  Those who prefer to stay with one version of the Bible for study would be frustrated with the daily switch between the numerous versions referenced.

I was given a free copy of this book as part of Thomas Nelson’s BookSneeze program. I was not required to post a positive review, just give my own opinion.

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