Monday, March 30, 2015

Thirty Days in the Land with Jesus by Charles H. Dyer

[My note: As I looked through potential books to review one night, my husband browsed with me and said that he'd like to read this book. I told him that he'd have to review it. So, without further ado, here is his review:]

Thirty Days in the Land with Jesus by Charles H. Dyer is a devotional that is also a historical and geographical lesson about Israel. I have heard Dr. Dyer on the radio and was interested in this book. It covers thirty days going through different sites each day as if the author was guiding you on an actual tour. It takes the reader through very familiar biblical names, and some not so familiar, and attempts to put you into the stories by describing the scenes.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book At the end of each chapter (or day) it challenges the believer and asks the non-believer to make a choice about accepting Christ.

One of the things that stood out to me were the photos. Most of the images I had formed about those places were way off from how they actually appear. After reading and viewing this book, I now have a different approach to the Bible.

Therein lies the double-edged sword for me. In my mind, I made many of these places larger or more grand than they actually are. So, in some ways it was disappointing to see how small they actually are. But it also is an encouragement to see that God would use small things in the world's eyes to do mighty things.

So, back to the photos: I'm not sure if the author intentionally used only a few, in many cases only one for each site or not. In any case, they left me wanting to see more, and hungering to go set foot on these monuments of my faith. And, who knows, maybe when I get there, these places will be as large as I imagined them.

So, kudos to the author for whetting my appetite for the Holy Land, and I would recommend this book for those who want to experience Israel without the means to make a physical visit. And also to those who are looking for a good devotional to draw closer to God.
Reviewed by Andrew Arrant for Beauty in the Binding Blog.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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