Tony Evans in his new book, "God Is More Than Enough" part of the Lifechanger Book series published by Multnomah Books offers a phrase-by-phrase look at Psalm 23.
From the Back cover: The Lord is my Shepherd; I Shall Not Want.
Psalm 23 is more than just a lovely poem; it is a profound description of the relationship God offers you. In this refreshing, exhilarating book by Tony Evans, you will discover anew one of the most beloved passages of Scripture--and the Shepherd who is more than enough to meet all your needs.
When your spiritual energy is drained, He'll lead you to refreshment.
When you're confused by the world around you, God will guide you onto the right path.
When your life seems threatened by forces outside your control, God promises His protection.
No matter how things appear, your Good Shepherd is constantly at work on your behalf, and you can rely fully on His goodness and mercy all the days of your life.
Psalm 23 begins, "The Lord is my Shepherd". Pastor Evans challenges us by asking if we really believe that. If we really believe that the Lord is our Shepherd then the rest of the Psalm falls right into place. Verse by verse we are told exactly what our Shepherd does for us. In six chapters Pastor Evans does a verse by verse analysis of how our God is more than enough. "God Is More Than Enough" is inspirational, thought-provoking and challenging. There is a strong possibility that you will come back to this book many times to refresh when you are feeling low. I recommend reading this book and giving it as a gift to friends and family.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. 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."
I chose to read this book in e-form since I was traveling. I found the epub very readable, much better than pdf on my iPod touch; the words were definitely bigger, although I did turn pages frequently. I found it funny that it took turning 3 or 4 pages to advance one page in the book. The convenience was well worth it and I like the lighting. So much for book format.
The contents themselves were very encouraging. It may be a small book, but it is packed with strengthening contemplations. Evans takes a shepherds approach to the 23rd Psalm. Each segment of the Psalm is broken down and related to the actions and attitudes of a shepherd. I've read similar works, but none quite so clear. Visions of the shepherd using his staff to pull a sheep from danger or his rod to guide sleep back to their right path. The most clear picture I have is of "goodness and mercy" as sheep dogs following after the wayward ones. Soon after reading the book, we sang a song at church that contained "surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your life" and I just envisioned those dogs catching after sheep. It was so sweet thinking of the imagery and how our Lord cares so much more for us, even when we don't see it.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Tony Evans is the president of The Urban Alternative and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. He is the author of numerous books.
Based on the publisher's description,
Psalm 23 is more than just a lovely poem; it is a profound description of the relationship God offers you. In this refreshing, exhilarating book by Tony Evans, you will discover anew one of the most beloved passages of Scriptureâ€”and the Shepherd who is more than enough to meet all your needs.
I was looking forward to Dr. Evans' insight into this very familiar passage of Scripture. Due to the size of the book, 96 pages, I was expecting a quick read, but was slowed by the way he opened up new insight into each passage that I had memorized as a child.
Evans devotes a chapter to each verse and provides an exposition into the Scripture and shows how it applies to our everyday lives. While there were no real "wow" moments in the book, I was very pleased to be reminded that this Psalm can be more than just a source of comfort during times of trouble in our lives.
This book would make a great resource for a Sunday school/small group study.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging For Books 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."
Tony Evans uses a small book, God Is More Than Enough, to do an indepth study on one of the most well-known chapters in the Bible, and shows the incredible relationship God wants to have with YOU. Psalm 23 is such a part of our culture, but too often seems relegated to being quoted during times of serious illness...or funerals. However, Tony Evans leads the reader on a discovery of the joy and peace to be found when applying the words of this poem to many aspects of your life --and to the Shepherd who is able to meet you where you are and provide all you need.
God Is More Than Enough should have just been a quick read for me, but it was filled with so many nuggets of Truth that I chose to savor and absorb the healing and comforting words as he explained verse by verse just exactly how it pertains to my life. Whether you know nothing about these verses or if this is a portion of Scripture you memorized decades ago...there is much to be gained as you take a look at Psalm 23 through this book. The compact size makes it perfect for carrying with you to peruse when you have a few moments, to do slowly as a small group or private devotions, or to give as a gift. For the ones who are not huge fans of reading, this is a wonderful size. Great book and one I am sure to treasure.
Tony Evans is senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, and president of The Urban Alternative. He is the author of more than twenty books, including God Is Up to Something Great and The Fire That Ignites. Evans and his wife, Lois, have four children.
I received this book courtesy of WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging For Books program. The opinions expressed above are purely my own
I love to hear Tony Evans preach. I had the opportunity to hear him in person at the Pastor's Conference at First Baptist in Jacksonville, Florida a couple of years ago. And, of course, I've heard him many times on the radio. But this is the first Tony Evans book that I've read. His greatest strength in preaching is also his greatest strength in writing: the ability to illustrate great truths in a simple and understandable way. No doubt about it, the illustrations and stories are the best part of this book.
The book is not long - 90 pages. And Tony Evans does a great job of breaking down Psalm 23 into bite-sized morsels that even the most Bible-illiterate Christians could easily comprehend. That being said, there is really not too much in the book that will knock your socks off. Like I said, the illustrations of truth are excellent, but the average church-going Christian will not be surprised by any of the content. I hate to phrase it this way! It sounds like I'm saying, "Oh, it's the same ol' boring Psalm 23 interpretation." Trust me, the principles found in Psalm 23 are deep and wondrous, and I really enjoyed the way Tony Evans used the phrase "God is more than enough..." to introduce each new chapter in his book. All I'm saying is, if you are looking for a mind-bending, never-heard-before exposition of Psalm 23, you won't find it here. But then again, it is always good to be reminded of the great truths that we take for granted so easily.
In all, I would give the book 3.5 stars out of 5.
I received this book free from Waterbrook-Multnomah publishers in exchange for my honest review.