Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Gift of Jesus by Johnny Hunt

Book description: 

The Gift of Jesus is a thoroughly trustworthy and inspiring devotional focused on the amazing gift of Jesus and what that means in our daily lives. It was created and written by General Editor Johnny Hunt, former president of the Southern Baptist Convention along with 51 Southern Baptist pastors and ministry leaders, including Dr. James Merritt, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Steve Dighton, Dr. Don Wilton, Dr. Ted Traylor, and Dr. Michael Cloer.

Each daily entry includes Scripture passages, a devotion, and a prayer. Explore such interesting themes as Jesus our Savior; Jesus, our companion for life; abiding in Christ; Jesus, our Rest; the basis of hope; God is with you; and how the Bible changes lives.

This is the seventh book in the My Daily™series of devotionals with more than ­­­­500,000 units sold.

My review:

  I have reviewed a few devotionals recently, and this one is different from those in a couple of ways:

#1 It is not a 365 day devotional, but it almost is. It is set divided up into 52 weeks, Monday through Friday, and one devotional for the week-end;  instead of 2 for the week-end.

#2 There are several contributors to this devotional, most if not all a pastor. Each one does an entire week.

 Each day has the devotional topic, a Bible verse, the devotional, and a short prayer at the end. The overall theme of the devotional is self evident in the title, The Gift of Jesus, and each week's devotions go along with that idea in some way.

 I like the devotional, and read through several of them as I reviewed it. They are not super deep, but I also wouldn't call them shallow. They do their job of making you think, encourage, and help you draw closer to God and His Word as you read them.

 I believe it is a devotional I would buy if I had picked it up while looking for one, instead of requesting it to review as I have. And though it isn't geared specifically towards men, it seems to be more for men than women.... but that is just my opinion.

About the author:

Johnny Hunt is the general editor of The Gift of Jesus, part of the MyDaily® Devotional series that has sold more than 550,000 copies. Hunt is the former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Pastor Johnny’s educational credits include a BA in religion from Gardner-Webb College. He continued on to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity in 1981. Southeastern honored Pastor Johnny in 1997 by naming The Chair of Biblical Preaching in his honor in 1997. He has also received several honorary doctorates over the years for his work in ministry. Hunt and his wife, Janet, enjoy their two daughters, Deanna Carswell and Hollie Hixson, and 4 grandchildren.

The Gift of Jesus is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the review copy.