Book Review: Vintage Jesus

I just finished reading Vintage Jesus, by Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears. This is a great book about who Jesus is and what he is all about. If you are familiar with theology and historical proofs regarding Jesus, then there really isn't ever a moment in the book where you will go, "Whoa, I never knew that!" There will be moments, however, where you say "Whoa, I've never heard it put quite like that before!"

This book is good for both new believers and so-called "seasoned" believers who think they know everything (like me). This one is a "buy" book. Don't borrow it. Don't check it out from the Library. Buy it, unless you're poor like me. I borrowed it!

Book Review: Devotions of Jonathan Edwards

This book is an "oldie but a goodie." Printed in 1959 by Baker Book House, these devotions of Jonathan Edwards compiled by Ralph G. Turnbull, are sometimes "hit or miss." Nevertheless, most of the devotions are good, and some are "make you crap your pants" good! This small book contains 104 one page devotions. I read one or two a day for the past 100 days (or so). An example of one that was a "miss" is a devotional about angels. I don't really get the point. I believe angels exist and that they worship God around the throne. Other than that, I don't really care that much about angels. I certainly didn't feel that I had drawn closer to God through reading it! An example of a "hit" is the devotion entitled "God's Sovereignty." When talking about portions of Scripture where God hardens someone's heart, Edwards writes:

When God is here spoken of as hardening some of the children of men, it is not to be understood that God by any positive efficiency hardens any man's heart. There is no positive act in God, as though he put forth any power to harden the heart. To suppose any such thing would be to make God the immediate author of sin.
God is said to harden men in two ways: by withholding the powerful influences of his Spirit, without which their hearts will remain hardened, and grow harder and harder; in this sense he hardens them, as he leaves them to hardness. And again, by ordering those things in his providence which, through the abuse of their corruption, become the occasion of their hardening.

If you're like me, you may have to read that twice to get it. That's a solid explanation which I had not heard before. And that's a solid thought that stayed with me throughout that day.

This book is a hard one to find. But if you are looking for a daily devotion that's a little bit deeper than "Our Daily Bread" (don't give me any negative comments, I'm not knockin' it) to add to what you are already doing (it's not really a good stand-alone devotional) and you can get your hands on it, this book is worth your time.