Looking for new devotional books lately, something different and refreshing? Jackson Presbyterian Examiner would like to recommend the following classics. To purchase any of the books listed below, JPE would recommend Jackson’s Lifeway Christian Store. For more information, call 662-334-9140.
1. The World as I Remember It by Rich Mullins
In the mid-1990s, contemporary Christian recording artist Rich Mullins began regularly contributing articles to Release magazine. The World as I Remember It showcases some of Mullins’ most thought-provoking and challenging pieces. Witty, personal, reflective, theologically profound–Rich Mullins was a scholar/poet, someone who seemed to have been from a different era. This is a must-read for every fan of Rich Mullins’ music.
2. The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
For any Christian who appreciates written prayers, The Valley of Vision is sure to appeal, as it contains some of the richest, most moving dialogues with God to come out of the Puritan tradition. The book’s prayers are arranged by themes and as readers move from beginning to end, the impression that Puritans were merely cold and self-righteous is displaced, as one encounters the depth of love and passion for Jesus that these individuals had.
3. God Came Near by Max Lucado
Popular devotional writer Max Lucado tackles the Incarnation in this book, exploring the fascinating, unbelievable reality that God himself did become a Man at Christmas time. Touching, yet never succumbing to sentimentality, God Came Near, argues that sometimes Christians are uncomfortable with really believing Jesus was a man–that he got tired, hungry, thirsty, etc… A remarkably original Christmas book, this is arguably Lucado’s best book to date.
4. An Arrow Pointing to Heaven by James Bryan Smith
James Bryan Smith’s account of Christian recording artist Rich Mullins is more than an autobiography; it is a devotional book, a rich treasure of spiritual wisdom. The book chronicles Mullins’ childhood, his decision to pursue a career in music, his desire to give away the majority of his earnings (at his death, everything he owned took up less than half the bed of a truck), his passion for the Navajo Native Americans, and ultimately his untimely death due to an automobile accident.
5. By Faith Alone by Martin Luther
Adapted from a variety of Luther’s writings over the course of three decades, By Faith Alone is a treasure of devotional wisdom and theological insight. Translated into contemporary English, this 365 day devotional brings 16th century German sermons to a new audience, enabling readers to grasp Luther’s unique way of articulating the gospel.