Sunday, December 20, 2009

40 Loaves: Book Review

I was hooked from the beginning. Baker asks great questions in this daily devotional style book. Questions like:

* Why don't I have more faith?

* Why am I so bored with Jesus?

* Why are Christians so hard for me to like?"

He asks the questions that everybody is thinking but afraid to ask. And he wrestles with them out loud with authenticity. 

Baker doesn't preach in this book. He shares his insights (which are great) and he challenges you to live rightly. But he does so with humility. 

Each day is about 3 pages (more than manageable for those who aren't big readers). He writes in an easy prose that is filled with stories but not without meaty morsels of truth.

Each day also has some thought-provoking questions that encourage you to personalize that day's reading. Then he follows that with a prayer. Some are from history and some are his.

I personally find myself being challenged in my walk with Christ in many of these chapters. I am already recommending this book to others. If you're finding your walk with Christ dry, I recommend you supplementing your time in the Bible with this little gem. It's a great way to jump-start your reading through the Bible.

Note: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Here’s a summary:

“Why don’t I have more faith?”
“Why am I so bored with Jesus?”
“Why are Christians so hard for me to like?” 

There are many questions we’re not 
supposed to ask when playing by the religious rules. It makes people uncomfortable. So why is it that Jesus invited questions and even asked some of them himself? What is it that you’re afraid to ask God? It’s a risky prospect to begin asking–but far riskier to continue simply trying to get by without knowing. Author C. D. Baker asked himself 40 soul-searching questions which started a conversation in his heart and ultimately showed him more about God than He ever expected. 

Can we become more honest with who we really are and find who God says He really is at the same time? Come
 indulge yourself in daily readings with an honest exploration of your secret fears and thoughts, and know that you will always be welcomed in God’s unconditional love.

Search me, O God … and know my anxious thoughts.
–Psalm 139:23 NIV