Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Trusting God for Everything: Psalm 23 by Jan Johnson; NavPress

This book is called “A Personal Retreat Guide”.  It is the first book of its kind that I have read.  I thought it was a Bible study, but it really is something different than anything I have read before.
The book is very structured with very clear instructions on how to go about your own “retreat” with God.  I am a Bible study junkie, so this book threw me off a bit.  I enjoyed the “Immersed in God’s Message” section of each chapter the most.  This section gave the context, tone, and meaning of the portion of Psalm 23 each particular chapter dealt with.  Much of each chapter was the same throughout the book with the same passage by Dietrich Bonheoffer to recite before reading the Psalm and the same prayer written by Terese of Lisieux to say at the end of each meditation.

The book is very quiet.  I do not know how else to explain it.  When I am reading it, my voice is whispering even when I am not reading aloud.  But I guess that is good considering the reason this book is written for.  I would recommend this book if you intend to use it as a retreat tool.  However, if you are looking for a Bible study, you should check into some of Jan Johnson’s other works.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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