Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Treasure of God's Word

This book, compiled by Jack Countryman, celebrates 400 years of the King James Bible. I admit, I signed up to review this book thinking it would offer insight into the history of how the King James version came to dominate Western society. Though it provides a glimpse of this insight, it's not the thorough history I expected. Instead, it focused on God's word, which quickly showed me that I was looking for the wrong thing. The history of how God's word came to be in it's current form is not as important as His Word that speaks through the Bible. Once I was put in the proper frame of mind for appreciating The Treasure of God's Word, I was immediately moved to give the book away to one of my Christian friends. It is a wonderfully simple gift, nicely bound and organized according to themes, starting with the most important message the Bible delivers - God's love. Each section pulls verses from the bible that relate to the given topic, including God's grace, God's faithfulness, God's power and so on.

Come to think of it, this would be the perfect Christmas gift for a non-believer. If one knew nothing of God, he need only look at the first page of the Table of Contents to learn what God is: love, grace, faithfulness, power, strength, comfort, mercy, forgiveness, wisdom, guidance, peace, compassion, kindness, patience. And so much more. This book is a slideshow of the full story found in the bible, highlighting the best parts of the nature of God - an encouraging reminder for the believer and a gentle introduction to those who have yet to meet their maker.

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