Saturday, October 27, 2012
Book Review ~ All to Jesus - A Year of Devotions
by Robert J. Morgan
“Cast all your cares on him.” “Love the Lord with all your heart.” “I can do all things . . . .” Most would be surprised at how often the word “all” appears in the Bible—literally thousands of times. And with each description of God’s comprehensive promises, each reminder of our complete blessing in Christ, each appeal for our full and total surrender, His reputation grows larger before our eyes. We see again what He can do. We see again who we can be. Based on the Bible’s sizeable emphasis on this tiny yet powerful word “all,” best-selling author and pastor Robert J. Morgan has created a remarkable 365-day spiritual growth experience in his new devotional, All to Jesus: A Year of Devotions (B&H Books, October 2012). A choice sampling of the Bible’s most “all”-encompassing statements, All to Jesus will surround believers each day with inspiring stories, personal reflections and the encouraging assurance that they are cared for in ways they never imagined.
Despite decades of preaching experience, it was just a few years ago that Robert J. Morgan, well-known author of 100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart and Then Sings My Soul, began to note the magnitude and frequent use of the word “all” in the Bible. Upon closer inspection, he discovered that it amplifies many of God’s greatest truths, commands and promises nearly six thousand times, proving itself to be one of God’s favorite words.
“Looking up the word in a concordance, I was amazed to find 5,675 “alls” in the Bible,” writes Morgan. “The frequency of this word in Scripture speaks to the all-sufficient grace of our Almighty Savior. It highlights the infinite omniqualities of God, and the complete devotion we should afford Him. He is the Lord of All, our All-in-All, our Almighty God, our All-Sufficient Savior from whom All blessings flow; and He is All we need. “All” is the largest little word in the world, taking already strong statements and broadening their applications to virtual infinity, which, after all, is what one would expect from an omnipotent Father.”
Derived from the pages of real life and a pastor’s heart, each daily reading meets readers in an ever-deeper place, revealing God’s immeasurable power and keen attention to the smallest detail. Truly, He is all we need. All year long.
I do like this devotional. I love that it delves into a theme and yet has such great variety to it. I found the thoughts very meaningful and applicable to my Christian walk and drawing me to a better understanding of just how big a God we have. Of course I haven't read through the whole of the book just yet, as I just received it a few weeks ago, but I've been doing a few a day in order to do a review on time. I find that my interest has not waned as it usually does with devotionals but that I want to keep going in it. I like the writing, it's descriptive and teaches without sounding heavy and studious (for lack of a better word coming to mind). I also liked how each devotional started with a verse of scripture but then gave you the portion of scripture that you could turn to in your own bible so that the reader may get a better perspective by being able to read it in context of the preceding and following verses. And this might be such a silly point but I loved the cover of the book! The picture, colors and texture of it is so nice it would make a lovely gift.
All to Jesus - A Year of Devotions is available here.
Thanks to B & B Media for a free copy of this book for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I am not required to give a good review.