52 Weeks With Jesus Review

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Sometimes I get nervous when I start a new book, because I don't necessarily know what I am in for, especially when it is written by an author I don't know much about.  That is kind of how I felt when I started 52 Weeks With Jesus by James Merrit.  I didn't know what kind of book this was, or whether I would agree with the author's thoughts.

But I have to say, my nerves were soon calmed!  This book is a devotional-type book that is meant to take you through an entire year.  Each chapter addresses a different story about Jesus from one of the gospels, including verses for reference, thoughts from the author, a prayer to close, and a question to consider.

I had never heard of this author before, so I was on the lookout for anything fishy through the whole book, and I thought everything he said was theologically sound.  The only thing I wished for was a few more references on some of the historical background Merrit gives on some of the stories - that would have made this book even more solid, in my opinion.

The author has an easy-to-read style, and he includes a lot of illustrations, which I really enjoyed.  I thought his examples and stories tied things in very well, and it made each chapter interesting to read.  I loved the insights Merrit gives into the history and cultural context of Jesus's words, and he pulled points out of many of stories that I had never thought of before.

Overall, I think this would be a great devotional and Bible study aid, and it would be perfect to start for the New Year!  I recommend it.

Note: I received a digital copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for tho review.  This is my honest opinion.
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Melanie said...

Sounds like one I would enjoy!

Shawnelle Eliasen said...

Thanks, Callie. I've been looking for a new learning tool. I'll check it out!

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