*I recieved a copy of this book from a friend of the author, and I was honoured to provide an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,”John 5:39
These devotional thoughts for January are taken from scripture portions as one follows the Robert Murray M’Cheyne “Daily Bread” Bible Reading Calendar. All the devotions in this volume have a focus and emphasis upon the Person and Work of Jesus Christ— seeing Him in scriptures (John 5:39) and glorifying Him in the Spirit (John 16:14) so good works spring forth from our lives because of gospel truth (Phil 2:5-12; 3:10).
“We must not forsake our feeding upon Christ. In Jon J. Cardwell’s Jesus Christ the Bread of Life, we are offered a sobering reminder and encouragement to seek him while he may be found.” —Timothy B. Gallagher
“…a daily devotional with meaningful nuggets which come from years of faithfully serving Christ in the local church.” —Karl Mantl
This devotional was one I enjoyed working through. It was encouraging, it had amazing insight, and it’s focus was directly towards finding Christ throughout the Scriptures.
I have never met Pastor Cardwell, however he was the pastor of the church we are now attending (you can here some of his teachings on Sermon Audio). Our family had been listening to him for about a year and a half before he left to preach in Alaska, and we finally decided to take the step and visit the church. So I was familiar with his teaching style going into the book, and I knew I would enjoy it.
That being said, I didn’t realize just how much I would enjoy it. There are very few “devotional”type books I have enjoyed, because so often the author takes a portion of a verse — just a few words from an obscure passage — and writes a feel good blurb with the goal of encouraging you throughout the day. Often the message is weak at best, the verse used is taken WAY out of context, and not once is the true gospel message — Christ Jesus — mentioned, or even alluded too.
Not so with this book! It was full of the truth of Christ. Each day there was a portion of Scripture used that was brought into context with the accompanying message. Each day’s reading found Christ in the Scripture, and unashamedly directed your attention towards Him. It was refreshing to read, and it was obvious the author has spent a lifetime of studying the Scriptures and serving the Lord.
The wisdom found throughout the pages of the book was a breath of fresh air. It was delight to read the devotional and have my thoughts focused on Christ alone. There were several things the Lord used to convict me, and there were several things the Lord taught me as I read through this book, nuggets of wisdom that were scattered here and there throughout the pages. Often I would ponder over what I had read as I went about my day-to-day tasks.
All in all, I am looking forward to purchasing a print copy of this book, and each of the books that are printed after this. It would be a wonderful aid in family worship. The content is deep enough to make you think, and simple enough that the little ones in the family can understand it well.
Jon J. Cardwell is a pastor, preacher of the gospel and the author of several books, including the bestseller, Christ and Him Crucified.
A former Navy deep sea diver and Christian missionary to remote locales, his globetrotting and diversified background have been useful for helping others since he recognizes there are a multitude of perspectives all around the world. He has eaten raw snake in Subic Bay and raw seal in Scammon Bay; monkey in Asia and moose in Alaska; balut in Luzon and bison in Lincoln. He has survived floods, blizzards, super typhoons, a major volcanic eruption, swimming with sharks, and a life-threatening disease. He has met a prince and ministered to the poorest of the poor in their homes in the garbage dump of Manila.
Jon is the “Spirited Speaker with Compelling Insights” who is sought for speaking engagements in Christian mission, ministry, and mogo-on-the-g’go-go.
He has four children, three grandchildren and currently lives in Ninilchik, Alaska with his wife, Melissa. Jon is currently the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church since May 2018, his fifth pastorate since the Lord called him into the ministry.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.