52 Weeks with Jesus: Fall in Love with the One Who Changed Everything, softcoverJames MerrittHarvest House / 2014 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
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grasshopper5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderfully WrittenSeptember 18, 2020grasshopperSo easy to understand and retain what I have read. This book will be great for daily Bible reading. The parables and verses have shown me a deeper meaning. We hear these all our lives in Sunday School and church and some we understand and some are not as clear. With James Merritt's book 52 Weeks With Jesus, the parables and the verses are clearer for me. I will be doing this book over and over.
Lee5 Stars Out Of 552 Weeks With JesusDecember 2, 2017LeeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is designed for you to go through the life and teachings of Jesus in a slow methodical manner. In doing that you will come to know Jesus better. The teaching of Dr. Merrit in this volume will help you know your Lord and Savior much better. You will develop a closer relationship with Him.
MoJo5 Stars Out Of 5inspiringJuly 13, 2015MoJoQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Very good daily reading.
Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Who is this Man- healer, teacher, leader- Crucified-yet-Risen One?February 20, 2015Sufficient in JesusAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4James Merritt's 52 Weeks with Jesus is a fine and meaty devotional.
Although I would be inclined to complete this book in a month or less, it's arranged so that you can read it over a full year.
There are five chosen scriptures and five meditations/readings per week, with this pattern repeated fifty-two times.
As the old hymn says, "Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus, Look Full in His Wonderful Face."
That's what this book is all about: gazing at Jesus and being undone by His tradition-shaking goodness, his tenderness and courage, his sorrow and his joy. It's about knowing Him better and thereby knowing better how to live in the world.
The aspects of Jesus's life and character that James Merritt explores include Jesus the Storyteller, Jesus the Miracle Worker, and Jesus the Overcomer.
The Scriptures he chooses range widely through the Bible- from the Psalms to the Minor Prophets to Gospels to the Epistles.
Biblical narratives (and modern illustrations) come together with pastoral commentary and application.
James Merritt has one goal- pointing to Jesus, who is alive right now in the middle of everything.
I have to say, this devotional has broad appeal. In my house, the book has already been appropriated by two different people.
Neither one is a big fan of devotionals per se, but they're both enjoying working their way through this one.
What better thing to do this year than spend some time beholding the One whose truth and beauty is transforming the world, one life at at a time?
I thank Harvest House Publishing for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.
CallieAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great DevotionalJanuary 13, 2015CallieAge: 18-24Gender: femaleSometimes I get nervous when I start a new book, because I don't necessarily know what I am in for, especially when it is written by an author I don't know much about. That is kind of how I felt when I started 52 Weeks With Jesus by James Merrit. I didn't know what kind of book this was, or whether I would agree with the author's thoughts.
But I have to say, my nerves were soon calmed! This book is a devotional-type book that is meant to take you through an entire year. Each chapter addresses a different story about Jesus from one of the gospels, including verses for reference, thoughts from the author, a prayer to close, and a question to consider.
I had never heard of this author before, so I was on the lookout for anything fishy through the whole book, and I thought everything he said was theologically sound. The only thing I wished for was a few more references on some of the historical background Merrit gives on some of the stories - that would have made this book even more solid, in my opinion.
The author has an easy-to-read style, and he includes a lot of illustrations, which I really enjoyed. I thought his examples and stories tied things in very well, and it made each chapter interesting to read. I loved the insights Merrit gives into the history and cultural context of Jesus's words, and he pulled points out of many of stories that I had never thought of before.
Overall, I think this would be a great devotional and Bible study aid, and it would be perfect to start for the New Year! I recommend it.
Note: I received a digital copy of this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for tho review. This is my honest opinion.
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