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Book Review – 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans & James by Tim Keller & Sam Allberty

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.

Where to purchase | The Good Book Company

About the Authors

90 days in Romans

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.

Website:     Twitter:  timkellernyc      Facebook:  TimKellerNYC




90 days in Romans

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.

Twitter: samallberry



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from The Good Book Company in exchange for an online review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

4 thoughts on “Book Review – 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans & James by Tim Keller & Sam Allberty

  1. Jason C

    I’m not a big Keller fan. I think he tends to get distracted on issues that are beyond the calling of the church. But in any case this looksite like a good option for a devotional and I may need to get it anyway.

  2. Mark

    Jason why don’t you like Keller? I’ve always appreciated his perspective. Especially on current events.This book is a good one I’m sure.

    • Jason

      Mark, He is an old earth creationist who denies the creation account in Genesis and more recently has spoken against the immigration plan and is trying to urge Trump to put Americans in harms way by keeping the Muslims here.

  3. Mark

    Well those are kind of small issues. He still believes in a literal fall and need for redemption. In fact I’d argue that Keller is the model for how a person can hold to both OEC and Adam’s federal headship of fallen humanity. He doesn’t waver one bit on a real fall resulting in real sin and needing real redemption. As far as the immigration issue is concerned I haven’t heard his position but in general I agree that a blanket ban, even if temporary is not Biblical. Scripture says to welcome those who are contributing to trade ( the economy ) while keeping out those who intend to do harm. Of course, as the true Israel this is probably better applied to the church in some way rather than the United States as a nation.

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