I have done a few reviews on Bible Studies in the aspect of pre-written studies that walk you through the lessons, but I haven’t done a lot of them. This one, however, caught my attention as it is a topic that I feel is sadly lacking in a large portion of Christianity as a whole. We tend to get involved in our daily routine and often think back in regret over the lost opportunities of spending quality time with God in exchange for our busy schedules.
I would give this book a 9.4 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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We all think it from time to time – I really should spend more time with God, praying, reading His Word, studying it as well, getting to know Him better, and the list goes on. We often are full of regret when we really stop to think about it. Our lives get so busy that it seems one of the first things we put off and say “I’ll do that tomorrow” is simply spending time with the Lord.
Or maybe you are someone who never really has (or knows how to) spent time with God in a very personal way. Every single person has been there at least once in their lives.
“How to Develop a Quiet Time: A Forty-Day Journey” written by Eddie Rasnake is part of the Following God Discipleship Series from AMG Publishers. It is a really well written Bible study that I think will help many people develop a closer relationship with the Lord through time spent with Him on a daily basis.
From a format perspective, each week has a well-written introduction section that explains the importance of the overarching topic that you will be studying for the week. Then within that week, each day is broken down into a subject related to that week’s topic that dives into a deeper lesson. Following each day’s lesson, there is an area for you to write down the main ideas that spoke to you in that day’s lesson. Continuing on with the A.C.T.S. concept (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication), the author helps us start to develop that personal prayer and communion time with God. Each of the day’s lessons is concluded with a Scripture that you can pray followed by the main point to remember from the lesson as well as other main ideas to take away from the lesson.
The six weeks in this study go over the following six topics: Pursuit, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Scripture Reading and finally, Prayer and Supplication. It is done in a way that progresses each week and each lesson in a way that each part feeds nicely into the whole lesson and purpose of the book.
I really feel that this book would be very beneficial if you are someone who has been either simply considering or deeply desiring to develop a more personal relationship with the Lord. This book is written very well and progresses the reader incrementally into a closer relationship with Jesus.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from AMG Publishers and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Bible Study
Publisher: AMG Publishers @AMGPublishers
Author: Eddie Rasnake
Publication Date: March 1, 2004
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0899572611
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|Following God Series: How to Develop a Quiet Time, Life Principles for Meeting with God
By Eddie Rasnake / AMG PublishersHow would you describe your personal devotional time? Is it in a dry spell of religious reading, or is it a refreshing encounter with the presence of God? How to Establish a Quiet Time: A Forty Day Journey isn’t about religious ritual or duty. It is all about building a more intimate, enjoyable, and satisfying time with the Lord. It is a forty-day adventure in making your time with God more meaningful and satisfying. On the other side of those days lies a radically different relationship with God.Quiet Time features forty daily devotional readings designed to challenge your thinking and prompt your meeting with God. Each day, you will see truths from Scripture to ponder, guided prayer to help you know what you want to talk to God about, and personal application to facilitate life-change. Each daily encounter is woven into six weekly themes including:
•Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
The Goal of This Book:
From the preface of the book, the author states that “this book was created to be a resource to help people grow in the adventure that time with God was meant to be“. I really feel that with how the author created this Bible Study, he really did an excellent job of showing people the importance of spending time with God is and also how to incorporate time with God into your daily routine.
My Favorite Part:
I really liked how the author formatted this Bible Study, making it very easy to follow and grow with each lesson provided. The progression of each lesson is handled very well and builds nicely upon each other as you go through the 40-day journey to having a personal quiet time with God on a daily basis.
My Personal Recommendation:
I found this book to be a very good read and excellent 40-day lesson. This is one that I would recommend for certain if you have ever had a hard time with understanding what having a daily quiet time with God is all about, or if you understand it but have never done it yet.
Week 1: The Principle of Pursuit
Day 1: New Every Morning
Day 2: Growing in Knowing God
Day 3: Pursuing a Simple, Pure Devotion
Day 4: Learning What Pleases the Lord
Day 5: Pictures of Pursuing God
Day 6: The Call of a Disciple
Day 7: The Steps of Our Pursuit
Week 2: The Principle of Adoration
Day 8: Grasping the Greatness of God
Day 9: Giving God the Glory He Deserves
Day 10: Singing to the Lord
Day 11: Hallowed Be Thy Name
Day 12: The Sin of Withheld Glory
Day 13: Adore Him as the Essence of Your Life
Day 14: Seeing Ourselves in the Light of God’s Glory
Week 3: The Principle of Confession
Day 15: Inviting God to Convict Us of Sin
Day 16: Confession and Repentance
Day 17: Drawing on Grace So We Can Admit Our Sin
Day 18: Preserving the Unity of the Spirit
Day 19: The Consequences of Unconfessed Sin
Day 20: Keeping Our Eyes on God
Day 21: The Loving Father Who Takes Us Back
Week 4: The Principle of Thanksgiving
Day 22: The Attitude of Gratitude
Day 23: Giving Thanks for All Things
Day 24: Giving Thanks for the Results
Day 25: Giving Thanks for the People in Our Lives
Day 26: Recognizing and Giving Thanks for What We Already Have
Day 27: Giving Thanks for the Right Things
Day 28: Blessing the Lord
Week 5: The Principle of Scripture
Day 29: What God’s Word Will Do in Our Lives
Day 30: The Power of Reading the Word
Day 31: Taking Refuge in the Word
Day 32: Faith and the Word
Day 33: Looking at Life With a Renewed Mind
Day 34: Receiving the Implanted Word
Day 35: The Right Approach to the Word of God
Week 6: The Principle of Supplication
Day 36: The Foundation of Asking
Day 37: The Practice of Prayer
Day 38: The Sin of Not Praying for Others
Day 39: The Model for Prayer
Day 40: Advice From a Prayer Warrior
How to Follow God: Starting the Journey and Walking on the Journey
About the Publisher:
From the publisher’s website: In 1980, AMG Publishers, Inc. was launched by AMG International, Inc. to minister through the written Word. Since its inception, AMG Publishers has become a leader in the Christian publishing with the Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible, award-winning youth fiction, exhaustive reference, multiple Bible studies and Patriotic literature. AMG Publishers publishes under the imprints AMG Publishers, Living Ink Books and God and Country Press. Our products can be found in many languages all over the world.
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