Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Book Review: Living by God's Promises by Joel Beeke and James La Belle
Living by God's Promises by Joel Beeke and James La Belle captures the reflections on the promises of God in Scripture as described by three great puritans: Edward Leigh, Andrew Gray, and William Spurstowe.
The book was a delight to listen to because the authors give a real sense of what these puritan men believed and present their thoughts and arguments in language that is understandable. After listening to Jonathan Edwards' The Religious Affections, I found the language here much easier to understand.
That's not to say they've altered the message of Leigh, Gray, and Spurstow. In fact, the book is saturated by their presence. Beeke and La Belle so capture the spirit of these puritan leaders that at times I wasn't sure if I was listening to a quotation or the authors' themselves. That kind of writing can only come about by deep immersion over a long period of time in the writings this book draws from.
Living by God's Promises takes three largely inaccessible people and brings their writings to life, allowing readers in the 21st century to be blessed and encouraged by the thoughts of those who've been here before us.
If you are interested in the promises of God recorded in Scripture, this book is as good as any out there. Actually, it is better because it is truly a complete work that is faithful to the Bible and helps the reader analyze the promises and enjoy their blessings.
To buy the book, visit ChristianAudio (direct link).
For a sample PDF chapter (and a table of all the Bible's promises, quite invaluable) click here.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ChristianAudio as part of their Blogger Review Program. 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."