Thursday, November 7, 2013

Book: Why Christ Came

Continuing with our book-a-day effort, I’m still clearing out some book review books. Eventually, I’m going to get that stack emptied and start doing what I really want to with this, and push a book-a-day that is not new, not being marketed, but still worth your time. For now, though, I’ve got commitments to honor.

We are bearing down on Christmastime again, so it’s time for the Christmas books to come pouringWhy Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation out. I’ve got at least one more coming, but today I’ve got Why Christ Came, from Joel R. Beeke and William Boekestein. It’s published by Reformation Heritage Books, and is a 31-day devotional book that looks like this:

What’s to like about this little book? First, Why Christ Came is unapologetically focused on all of the story of Christ, beginning with the Incarnation. That in itself is a great reminder at Christmastime. We must look from the manger to the cross to the empty tomb every day, but it does us good to remember the whole story.

Second, Why Christ Came is unafraid of big words like Incarnation. That’s a good thing. We often fear theological depth, especially at special moments in life. We want to simplify, but that needs to come from a point of understanding the deeper moments.

Third, Why Christ Came is served up in bite-size pieces. You can work through it in a month, and grow a little each day. It’s truth well-served. Every morsel starts with Scripture, and then illustrates just what that specific concept means, usually through more Scripture.

Would I change anything here? I’m not certain that I would. I would be cautious about purchase price here, and advise that the e-format is probably less expensive and more inline with what you get, but otherwise, it’s a good add-on for your Christmastime reading. It’s also not a bad look for any other 31 days you’d like to focus on the Incarnation of Christ.

Note: Free book through Cross-focused Reviews.

 

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