I was recently offered a review copy of Tim Keller and Sam Allberry’s book 90 Days in John 14-17, Romans, James. This is the first time I’ve been able to get my hands on a copy of a title from the Explore by the Book series put out by The Good Book Company. The book is well designed and well put together. It’s a hardcover book that is attractively designed and well constructed. As the first sentence of the introduction describes it: “This book is not an end in itself. It is a means of accessing the treasures of a far greater book. […] So, rather than seeing these devotionals as snacks, view them as meals. Set aside half an hour in your day to work through the study, and to respond to what you have seen.” Unfortunately (as this is a review book) I wasn’t able to spend a full 90 days to work through each chapter but after looking through the book I think I can give at least a general overview of what the book has to offer.
The book casts a fairly broad net by attempting to walk the reader through John chapters 14-17 (with notes written by Sam Allberry), the book of Romans (with notes from Tim Keller), and the book of James (again, with notes from Allberry). That said, the tight structure and specific purpose of the book keep it from being either unwieldy in size or vague in content. Each chapter covers a specific portion of Scripture (sometimes just a few verses) and offers a few words of comment and context with thoughtful questions to push the reader deeper into the text (many chapters also include a section to highlight points of application). Guidelines for prayer are also included together with a blank page for notes and prayers.
I’ve never been much on “devotionals” as such, but this book seems to be strong in orienting the reader to the text without allowing extra “fluff” to distract. I would imagine that this could be studied in a group, but it’s probably best fit for the individual believer looking to bring some structure, focus, and flow to their personal Bible study. All in all, this looks like a helpful tool for the believer who appreciates some guidance for times of private worship.
I would like to thank the good folks over at Cross Focused Reviews for providing me with a free review copy of this book. I was not obligated to provide a positive review.