Monday, September 2, 2013

Unique and unlike any other devotional book

REVIEW: The One Year Holy Land Moments Devotional by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein & Tremper Longman III

This is not just a little devotional book.  It’s hearty and unlike any other devotional book I have ever seen. 

It is close to 400 pages and delves deep into explaining the history and culture of Israel. In doing so, the hope is that Christians will learn and discover more fully their Jewish roots of faith. 

The first part of each devotion is written by a Jewish Rabbi explaining the historic customs and history of Israel, and the second part of each devotion is written by a Christian theologian who brings out the relevance of the Rabbi’s comments.  This unique partnership not only melds each day’s topic together, but offers insightful perspectives from each viewpoint.  

Each week is focused on a topic, for example: biblical prophecy, forgiveness, and keeping the Sabbath.  In fact, at the end of each week is a page for journaling “Sabbath reflections.”  Here, the reader can reflect on what truths he/she learned during the week, as well as consider how those truths have affected his/her faith and how he/she can apply them to daily life. 

This devotion seeks to not just be another check off on your to-do list each day, but truly encourages Christians to dig deeper into their Christian faith beginnings and heritage. Because, as I have told my own church, knowing where you come from helps you know where you are going.

*Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my unbiased review.