Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional

Graham, Billy. Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional. Thomas Nelson, 2010. ISBN 978-0849946219.

All right, I admit that I a big fan of Billy Graham's ministry and writings. Perhaps student would be a better word. I have learned so much from his writings and from observing his ministry. So this review may not be unbiased. Also, I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through their "BookSneeze" program. However, I am not obligated to write a positive review.

This is actually a revised, reprinted devotional that first came out twenty five years ago. It has been updated for a new generation of believers.

The layout is simple with a Bible verse, a meditation and a prayer taking at most just one page. Rev. Graham's meditations, though short, are not trivial or simplistic. He presents Biblical faith concepts in a straightforward manner that both encourages and enlightens me in the Lord.

Many of the Scriptures are in the King James Version. However, this devotional also uses the American Standard Version, Amplified, Jerusalem Bible, Moffatt New Testament, New American Standard Version, New International Version, New King James Version, Revised Standard Version, Today's English Version and the Living Bible. How's that for sampling of Bible Versions?

My experience with this work is that it was truly a devotional. I read a Bible version, got an inspirational thought and a prayer to get my day started. Then I continued to ponder on this teaching throughout the day. The lesson is short enough that I can remember it clearly. This allows me to begin applying it to my own life throughout the day. I almost always find myself in agreement with Graham's teachings, so theology was not a problem for me here.

I would recommend this work to others as a good daily devotional. It would serve well in a personal, family or church application.

Unto the Hills

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