The first line of D. A. Carson’s devotional reads, “This book, the first of two volumes, is for Christians who want to read the Bible, who want to read all the Bible.” He raises an interesting point. Many Christians spend lots of time in familiar passages, rarely venturing into the lesser-known corners of Scripture. So, this Canadian-born Reformed theologian wrote a devotional to guide anyone who would like to explore the entirety of Scripture.
Aiden Wilson Tozer, one of the most prolific writing pastors in history, is best known for his work on the attributes of God. Studying them will help you better understand his actions. When you know who God is, you’ll better understand God’s words and actions. These passages are a little longer and more challenging than many daily devotionals, so make sure you’ve had your coffee before diving in. If these 10 chapters leave you wanting more, volume 2 is just as good.
When Charles Spurgeon set out to create a devotional book, he broke the mold by writing a unique passage to be read at the start and close of each day. Revolutionary at the time, this model has been followed by many devotional writers since. His collection of daily readings is a timeless classic, and one of of the most-read books in my library. Here’s the best news of all: this classic devotional is included for free when you download the Faithlife Study Bible.
D. L. Moody recognized a growing trend of biblical illiteracy, and founded the Sunday school movement to teach young people about God’s Word. He said the brightest sign of the times was that many young believers took to the observance of what he called the “quiet hour”—a time each day set aside to pray and read Scripture. He wrote this little book to provide guidance to his students each day. Don’t let the cover fool you—we are lucky to benefit from Moody’s wisdom too. This great devotional is also delivered for free when you download the Faithlife Study Bible.
There’s no replacement for time meditating on the Scripture, but second to that, nothing accelerates spiritual formation more than the study of and model after great men and women of faith. We have many great examples to choose from, but I recommend William Wilberforce, who (along with Isaac Newton and others) fought to end the trans-Atlantic slave trade. This devotional combines biographical content with Wilberforce’s own writing in daily passages to paint an inspiring portrait of faith.
God’s Inspirational Promises
Any list of exceptional devotionals wouldn’t be complete without at least one title from perhaps the greatest living devotionalist, Max Lucado. In this book, Lucado indexes all God’s promises found in Scripture, compiles them by topic, and riffs on each in the way that only he can. A couple years ago, I spent an entire year studying God’s promises, and it changed the way I understand God’s faithfulness. I wish I had this book at the time.
31 Days to Contagious Living
Larry Moyer conducts evangelism training around the globe. I had him for two college classes, one as an undergrad and one in seminary. His guilt-free approach is refreshing and gave me great hope for the future of the church. He’s also a prolific writer. This book will take only a month to both challenge and motivate you to share your faith more actively with others. In the best way, it will make you uncomfortable with the status quo.
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