Book Review – 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans & James by Tim Keller & Sam Allberty
90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, and James is a new devotional by Tim Keller and Sam Allberty. The daily readings are Structured in such a way so that the reader must keep the Bible open at all times in order to answer the questions asked by the authors. This is what the authors refer to as an open-Bible devotional. At the end of each daily reading is ruled page intended for notes and prayers. In the introduction, the authors encourage the reader to record biblical truths from the reading, any questions that may have been provoked by passage, how the Spirit encourages you to change as a result of the reading, a one sentence summary of how God spoke to you through his word, and a short prayer to God in response.
One of the things that I really appreciated about this book is that the authors kept the entries short (this is not intended as an in-depth study) and focused on the practical applications that flow out of the doctrine in the passages. This is markedly different from the modern devotional which draws application devoid of doctrine. This approach presupposes that our behavior flows out of our beliefs– and that is how it should be.
As far as a devotional is concerned I think this is an excellent option. Structurally it stands out from most other devotionals in that it is hardbound and yet contains the blank ruled page for the reader to interact with the day’s text. It also stands out from many other devotionals in its doctrinal emphasis and pastoral application.
I personally think this would be an excellent book to use as a family and would only require a quick “on the fly” simplification of a few words or a kid-friendly interpretation here and there for any younger children.
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About the Authors
Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was pastor of West Hopewell Presbyterian Church, Virginia, for nine years before founding Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons.
Sam Allberry studied theology at Wycliffe Hall in Oxford and has served on staff at St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford, and St Mary’s, Maidenhead. He is now part of the team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and also works as UK Editor for The Gospel Coalition. A popular conference speaker, Sam has written several books, including James For You, Is God Anti-Gay, and Lifted. Hobbies include reading, watching The West Wing and anything to do with South-East Asia.
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