Title: The Gift of Jesus
Editor: Johnny Hunt
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“With every step you take, every decision you make, every conversation you have, and every thought you entertain, the Lord Jesus desires to live with you,” editor Dr. Johnny M. Hunt writes in the introduction of the book, The Gift of Jesus: My Daily Devotional.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and -thirty-six-pages, this leather-bound targets men and women seeking a daily devotional about Jesus. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the KJV, NIV, NIV, NASB, ESV, NLT, HCSB, and The Message. A contributors’ list, notes, and Scripture index complete the book.
Written by fifty-one pastors, reverends, doctors, and men of God, the My Daily devotional covers one page per every weekday plus one weekend day of the year. Divided into the fifty-two weeks of one author per week, each devotion begins with a title, followed by one to three Bible verses written out. Several paragraphs cover the topic, ending with a short prayer. The bottom of the left side of the page lists the author.
The gifts of Jesus include topics such as salvation, seeking God’s righteousness, the security of Jesus’s resurrection, our inheritance in Him, mercy, prayer, unconditional love, joy in Heaven, and the unpardonable sin to name a few. By reading the given Scripture, focusing on the author’s words, and a short prayer, the reader will cherish and love the gifts our Lord has freely given us.
My husband has been asking for an in-depth devotional to read with his daily Bible reading, and this one fits the bill nicely as it concentrates on Jesus and is written by educated, spiritual men. I like that each author’s week is written differently, and each rarely mention first person (which irritates me sometimes in other devotionals). The leather cover is attractive and classic.
One example I enjoyed is Thursday of Week 36 titled Jesus Defines Your Value by Pastor William Crook of Florida. After Matthew 10:29-31 is written about regarding Jesus knows the sparrows, the writer reminds us that no matter what trials or pressure we have throughout our lives, God stretches our faith and deepens our dependence on Him as He covers us with His grace, mercy, and love. The prayer thanks God for His constant love and perfect care as He values us.
~ Why Not ~
Some readers may not like that there are only six days of the week included. Others who do not agree with the Southern Baptists doctrines may shy away from some of the written concepts. I wish there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.
~ Who ~
The former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the general editor of the book is a pastor who has a Masters in Divinity and cherishes his wife and family. The My Daily Devotional series has sold more than a half-million copies.
~ Wish ~
I wish the table of contents included the title of the devotional instead of the contributor as they are stated again at the end of the book. It would be helpful if there were more writings from other parts of the country than mainly the South.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a six-day-a-week devotional of the gifts of Jesus from a Southern Baptist slant, this makes the perfect gift for a loved one or self.
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