Title: The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible
Author: Troy Schmidt
Publisher: Bethany House
“God has been in the business of encouraging His people from the first sin in Genesis all the way to the last word in Revelation,” Tory Schmidt writes in the introduction to his book, The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-twelve pages, this thin paperback targets those who are seeking encouragement in the Bible. After a short introduction, a hundred verses from Genesis to Revelation regarding the topic are briefly discussed. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, the ESV and NASB are also referenced. The ending includes a Scripture list and the author’s biography.
Beginning in Genesis with God creating the rainbow as a promise and ending in Revelation with God wiping away every sorrow in Heaven, each page begins with a written out verse in Biblical order, followed by several paragraphs regarding it. There are forty selections from the Old Testament and sixty from the New Testament, with a majority from Psalms, Matthew, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, and Philippians. By drawing closer to God’s Word, we can be comforted and encouraged.
~ Why ~
This is a pleasant read that reminds us how God loves, cherishes, protects, and wants us to be closer to Him. I like that the verses chosen are uplifting and gentle reminders not to stress, worry, or be fearful in our daily lives but to trust Him. One of my favorite verses, Philippians 4:8, is highlighted, restating how we should not worry but turn our cares over to Christ through prayer. The explanation correlates giving the issue to God with using valet parking: present it to God and leave it there.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not notice the value of this book. Others may feel the explanations of verses are not as in-depth as expected.
~ Who ~
A campus pastor and former television producer, Schmidt has written several inspirational books for adults and children. He and his wife live in Florida.
~ Wish ~
With each page being short, it would be thoughtful to include a prayer regarding the topic at the bottom of the page so it could be used as a devotional with daily Scripture reading. Being a fan of the King James Version, I wish it were used instead.
~ Want ~
If you like a book that focuses on encouragement throughout the Bible, this is a viable option that could be used daily or as a reference book.
Thanks to Baker Publishing for this complimentary book that I am evaluating freely.
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