The Book Review

March 16, 2015
by Elaine Ingalls Hogg

Lamentations 3:21-23 – Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (NIV)

Are you looking for a book to read, one that contains history and mystery, interesting facts and inspirational stories, as well as an occasional romance? If so, I would like to recommend one that I have read a number of times. The book is so popular that it has been translated into more than 500 languages and has many versions. More important than its popularity or where it is on a best sellers' list is the fact that an account of the greatest love story ever told is woven in its many pages.

In the first chapters of the book, the author introduces us to a married couple who seek to find their own path through life. The couple make some terrible mistakes and become bankrupt both spiritually and financially. As a result, their landlord throws them out of their beautiful garden home.

Separated from those they love, life is full of hardships, but that is not the end of the story. Several authors follow the lives of the couples' descendants. Some were exemplary citizens, while others were warriors, cheaters, wanderers, and desert dwellers. No matter what their station in life, all were looking for peace and reconciliation.

Peace is finally made when the son of the highest king gives his own life in payment for all the wrongdoings of his father's subjects. He took their place in order to show how deep, how wide, how high his father's love is for all of the people in his kingdom, the whole earth.

The book? The holy Bible. Who was the son? Jesus, the Son of God.

There is so much more that I could say about this book. Its pages have provided comfort, guidance, and wisdom for me during my life's journey, and I would suggest that we all take a few minutes to read from its pages each day.

Prayer: Dear God, so often, we try to find our own way through the day. So often, we are faced with despair. We forget just how much You love and care for us. Remind us to read Your Word each day, for it is here that we will find words that tell us that no matter what comes our way, no matter what we face, Your love for us will never fail. Your mercies are new every morning. Great is Your faithfulness! Amen.

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Elaine Ingalls Hogg <authorhogg@yahoo.ca>
Smiths Creek, New Brunswick, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    A good word Elaine.


    Sage advice indeed!!!


    A very good summary of the Bible!


    Lovely start to the week ahead Elaine. Thank you.


    Thank you, Elaine. Wonderful witness to The Book!
    (ON)


    Amen and amen!! Great devotional, Elaine – you’ve still “got it” and we’re so happy to have you back.


    Elaine – What an innovated way to present the gospel with this devotional! Of course, having written reviews, the title caught my attention right away. Thanks for writing.


    Hello
    Well written! A Christian solute, with a Spiritual hug. Continue in the Light! 1 John 2:17
    (USA)


    Wow, Elaine, the most awesome book review I have ever read, and so fitting for the most awesome set of books ever written. Thank you.
    (B.C.)


    Such an imaginative story!
    Your main verse “Great is your faithfulness” is one of my favourite verses from experiencing its truth countless times.
    When I was teaching in Korea my Korean name was God’s faithfulness.
    Bless you and your writing.


    Good Morning Elaine. Just wanted to say thank you for your excellent devotion this morning. Such a good reminder to us all as well. May God continue to bless you as you continue to share His love with us in your writings. I love Maritimers. You’ve had a lot of winter down there this year.
    Thanks again.
    (Ont.)


    Hello Ms. Elaine,
    I got the chance to read your impressive article “The Book Review,” about how our stories are woven by God in the pages of life’s book. Even though I’m a Muslim, I loved Jesus more than ever before. Like the Bible, life is is a very large book. Its chapters, might be very sad, very happy, or very exciting. Unless we turn on the pages of the book, we will never know what the next chapter holds for us exactly.
    (Saudi Arabia)


    Morning Elaine,
    I really enjoyed your devotional this morning. As an author myself I appreciated your use of words to depict the Bible as the book everyone is looking for but doesn’t know it. Your Book Review hits it on the head. I pray that readers may also find in it the Divine Word of encouragement as God reveals the truth about human life for struggling seniors. The solution to the mystery is revealed through Jesus Christ.
    Thanks for sharing,


    Dear Elaine Hogg,
    This is a devotional with a difference!
    Thank you for an innovative approach with its high point in:
    No matter what their station in life, all were looking for peace and reconciliation.
    Peace is finally made when the son of the highest king gives his own life in payment for all the wrongdoings of his father’s subjects. He took their place in order to show how deep, how wide, how high his father’s love is for all of the people in his kingdom, the whole earth.
    Thanks.
    Keep writing.

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