I have a great deal of respect for John MacArthur and his teachings. However, this is the first time I’ve actually read any of his books. I found that this 31 day devotional to be exceptional. If you are looking for a very good devotional on helping you grow your love for Christ. Quite honestly, this 31-day devotional is one that I would highly recommend to anyone!
I would give this book a 9.5 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5 star rating.
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“Remember & Return: Rekindling Your Love for the Savior” is a 31-day devotional that is fantastic. It is centered around growing your love for Christ and does just that. John MacArthur is a trusted pastor, teacher and as this is my first book of his that I have read, I can now add author to that list. His teaching in this devotional is very solid. I would not classify this as the typical “quick devotional” where you spend 5 minutes each day. Each of these devotionals is approximately 6 pages long (small dimension book of about 5 x 7), which for me personally, is perfect in content and depth. This devotional is 31-days long by design, so not something that you have to commit an entire year to like some devotionals. However, with that said, I can guarantee that I will be revisiting this devotional multiple times throughout the year. Overall, this devotional is highly recommended. I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Devotional
Publisher: Baker Books (Baker Publishing Group) #BakerBooksBloggers @ReadBakerBooks.
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0801019319
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this book is at Christianbook.com. They have it for $9.99 – suggested retail from the publisher is $14.99. See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major re-sellers and also the publisher. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges.
•Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
Goal of Book:
From the back cover of the book:
“In this thirty-one-day devotional, John MacArthur takes you down a biblically prescribed path as you rediscover who Christ is, what He has done, and how you must respond. Each entry will move you from understanding to application to reflection and prayer, with a goal of rekindling your first love for Christ.“
I feel that the author has done just that. It really is an excellent devotional to help you rediscover Christ and get you back to your first and most important love.
My Favorite Part:
My favorite part of this book is how the author really laid down a solid and biblically sound foundation to pull us back to an understanding of who Christ is and what he did. Each one of these devotion takes you further and further into a growing appreciation and love for Christ and what he has done. Very well written and solid.
My Least Favorite Part:
This is not a “least favorite” part for me – in fact quite the opposite… but if you’re wanting or expecting a quick 5 minute devotional as you’re drinking your morning coffee or getting ready to head out to work, then this one may not be for you. There is a lot of good meat that you can really spend easily 15 or more minutes per each devotional time.
While there were a few parts that were a little bit slower, I honestly can recommend this book. I found it to be a very good read. I know some other reviewers didn’t care for it as much, but I would not necessarily agree with some of their comments. I really did enjoy this book.
Who Would Enjoy This Book:
Anyone that is interested in a very good devotional that doesn’t want to do a full year-long set of devotions will find great benefit from this devotional book. As previously stated, the devotions are a tad longer than the typical “quick” or “5-minute” devotions, but very well worth the read for sure!
Day 1: First Love
Day 2: No Mere Man
Day 3: Christ and the Father
Day 4: The Preeminent One
Day 5: Chosen in Christ
Day 6: The Blessings of Our Salvation
Day 7: God’s Plan from Eternity Past
Day 8: The God-Man
Day 9: In the Likeness of Man
Day 10: Even Death on a Cross
Day 11: Our Desperate Need
Day 12: Our Loving Substitute
Day 13: Rescued through Redemption
Day 14: Righteous through Justification
Day 15: Inadequate Sacrifices
Day 16: The Perfect Sacrifice
Day 17: The One Eternal Sacrifice
Day 18: The Name above All Names
Day 19: Our Risen Lord
Day 20: Our King Takes His Throne
Day 21: Every Knee and Every Tongue
Day 22: Our Sympathetic High Priest
Day 23: Our Advocate with the Father
Day 24: Following Our Lord in Suffering
Day 25: Our Lord’s Response to Suffering
Day 26: Love and Obedience
Day 27: When We Fail
Day 28: Returning to Love
Day 29: In Pursuit of Our First Love
Day 30: Focusing on the Finish
Day 31: Training for the Race
About the Publisher:
From the Publisher’s website: Baker Books has a vision for building up the body of Christ through books that are relevant, intelligent, and engaging. We publish titles for lay Christians on topics such as discipleship, apologetics, spirituality, relationships, marriage, parenting, and the intersection of Christianity and culture. We also publish books and ministry resources for pastors and church leaders, concentrating on topics such as preaching, worship, pastoral ministries, counseling, biblical reference, and leadership.
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