December 7, 2010 by Chris French
Last week I got A Year with God: Daily Readings & Reflections on God’s Own Words by R.P. Nettelhorst free from Thomas Nelson publishers. When you first look at it this book is quite intimidating. It’s a chunk! But then you realize you’ve only got to read one page a day then go on with your daily activities.
It’s a great book. I really enjoyed my time with it. The author has it broken up into categories like Love and Hate & Hope. So if you’re feeling a little depressed when you wake up in the morning hit up the section on Hope one page at a time.
Nettelhorst uses a lot of Old Testament Scripture to help you see things thru God’s eyes which is a learning activity itself. Many of us don’t know those stories so it’s a great refresher especially because he gives you a quick synopsis of what’s going on when the Biblical author is writing his book. So if you are a new comer to the Bible this book will give you insight into some tough passages. If you’ve been in the Word for decades this book will still challenge and teach you.
As is the case with most theological books you won’t agree with everything the author says or how he applies the passage: I didn’t on some occassions. The point is that this guy has done his homework and most of the time he’s right on the money from what I understand about the passage.
I would recommend it. He sees things from a different perspective than I’m used to looking at some of these passages from. He’s obviously put in the time with the original languages, and while his work is scholarly it doesn’t come off as pretentious…yes, I understand the irony of talking about someone not trying sounding smart just to sound smart by using the word pretentious. Thanks for reading!