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A Long Overdue Book Review: A Year With Jesus

16 October, 2012

I recieved a copy of A Year With Jesus: Daily Readings and Reflections on Jesus’ Own Words as part of the BookSneeze Blogger Review program.

A Year With Jesus is a collection of daily Bible readings, and reflections on those readings, grouped under one of ten broad sub-headings.  Each daily reading takes up a full page, and includes the Bible passage in full, with the reflection below.  Each reading would take less than five minutes to complete, making it a good way to begin a daily Bible reading habit.

One helpful thing about the book is that the days are numbered 1 to 365, instead of 1st January to 31st December.  This means that the book can be started at any time of year, and it is less discouraging if you miss a day (or even a week) here and there, as you don’t have the constant reminder that you’re a day/week/month behind where you “should be”.

The major drawback with this book is that it doesn’t stick to one version of the Bible.  Instead eight different versions of the Bible are used, and used on a regular basis, rather than using one version predominantly and using other versions on occasion where this is helpful.  On any given week you could be reading passages from seven different versions of the Bible!

I think it is also lacking in encouragement  to personal application.  The readings and reflections offer no questions for personal reflections or suggestions on how to live out the passage.

I think this book would be most appropriate for a growing Christian wanting an introduction to daily Bible reading.

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