Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Book Review: 66 Love Letters

This book is amazing! Dr. Larry Crabb had a great idea. In the prologue to the book, he explains how he came up with it. Desperately longing to hear God's Voice, he realized that God speaks through His Word, the Bible. He decided to read through the Bible with this thought in mind, seeking God's personal message in each book. In From God to You: 66 Love Letters—a Conversation with God that Invites You into His Story, he shares his prayerfully considered thoughts with us.

The book is divided into seven parts representing different sections of the Bible. Crabb writes an introduction for each part, giving us an idea of what God is communicating through each section. Within each section is a chapter for each book of the Bible that's part of that section. Crabb calls each book of the Bible a love letter.

He begins each chapter with a one sentence synopsis of the book—one sentence communicating what He believes God is saying in that book. He continues with one paragraph to develop that thought, written in first person, as if God is speaking directly to the reader. Finally, Crabb has a conversation with God about the message he's discovered. He asks questions, voices concerns—even objections. But he always lets God have the last word, leading him forward to the next letter in the Book.

I appreciated Crabb's insights, observations, and questions. His perspective helped me understand the Bible in a whole new light. It also challenged me to study more—to take bigger bites, to grasp the whole sometimes instead of only little devotional insights.

Thank you, Thomas Nelson for sending this book for my review. I've enjoyed it thoroughly!

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I so agree with every word you wrote about this book. I have been reading along with some other ladies who are reading the Bible thru this year. It has spoken to my heart over and over. It rings with Truth. Thank you for doing this review and getting this word out about this good book. Blessings on your ministry.