*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.
You can purchase a copy from Amazon HERE.