Sunday, January 1, 2012

2012...A Year With Jesus

I am a glass half-full gal. I see hope around every corner. Already this morning I've been journaling and reading and pondering.  I love the first day of a new year.  Fresh and available.  It's also a day that I choose a devotional for the year.  I rarely have just one.  But Thomas Nelson Publishers put one in my hands this past month that I am really enjoying: A Year With Jesus, Daily Readings and Reflections on Jesus' Own Words, by R.P. Nettelhorst.

Unlike many devotionals that provide you with a scripture reference to look up, or a single verse, and then fill the page with personal stories or reflection, A Year with Jesus is a book you can use for a real scriptural learning, study and insight.  Each day (I love that you can start at any point since it is not associated with a specific date) includes an entire portion of something Jesus said. Then a half to a third of the page is insight into that passage. It's good stuff; meat to enjoy, learn from, and grow in your understanding of Jesus and his priorities. 

The book is organized into sections. Jesus' words on: love and hate; truth and lies; arrogance and humility; friends and enemies; belief and disbelief; patience and impatience; deserved and undeserved; good and evil; fidelity and treachery; and life and death.  And it's all Jesus. 

As Nettelhorst writes in the Introduction, "The best way to get to know other human beings is to spend time with them and to listen to what they have to say. We can then discover what matters and get a sense of their personalities."

I can think of no better thing this year than spending a year digging into Jesus' words.

(This book was provided to me for review purposes by Thomas Nelson Publishers)

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