2 out of 4 stars
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Jerry Joyner shares his fourteen-month morning meditations of God’s Word in his book, What God is Saying. Joyner is not a pastor, but shares from his own personal experiences and lessons from the Bible. His simple message of “Christ in you” is repeated throughout his book. He wants the readers to know that God is “accessible and mindful” of each one of us.
He explains that even though the Bible is difficult to understand for many, that it is very possible to not only understand the message but to live by it. He describes the Bible as a big jigsaw puzzle that will all come together little by little. As we know and obey God, more and more understanding of His message will become clear.
One of the main things Joyner wants the readers to know is that God’s Word is personal to each one of us. God wants a relationship with us and wants us to know Him. We need to seek, know, trust, and obey God in our daily lives. We will benefit in our relationship with God. We will have peace, love, joy, satisfaction, and blessing when we personally know God.
The author seems to be “bursting at the seams” to tell everyone how good God is and wants all to know and experience Him. I like the author’s enthusiasm to share what he knows about God. I like that, even though the author wants to preach, he believes that the best preaching is simply to allow God to live and love through him. I like what he shares, “I am learning the way to meet every challenge in life is simply through love. Love is the key to peace, joy, and contentment”.
What I like the most about this devotional book is that each short section starts with one to four verses of Scripture. Then the author shares his thoughts and lessons from the verses. He reminds us to read the Bible to know God in our hearts and not to just know about God in our heads. Knowing God is shown through how we live out our lives. Are we loving and forgiving? Are our actions and thoughts Christ-like?
Even though there is a topical index in the back of the book, I do not like how the book is not organized in topics. Some of the topics are God’s peace, love, grace, and prayer. There are many topics shared in the book that are repeated in one form or another throughout the book. The disorganization of the book may be okay if only reading one or two sections a day like a devotional and not reading the book straight through.
The lack of editing is what I like the least. There are just too many mistakes to ignore. The most common mistakes are missing commas and the absence of quotation marks and capitals. I rate What God is Saying 2 out of 4 stars because though I like most of the actual content, the punctuational and grammatical errors make it difficult for me to enjoy reading it. While I don’t agree with everything the author states, I wouldn’t rate it a 1 out of 4 stars because the content is interesting and the author shares his viewpoints. I wouldn’t rate it 3 out of 4 stars because of the grammatical errors found. I would suggest that the author get this book edited and resubmit it with the corrections.
After the author edits the book, Christians that like to read devotionals would like What God is Saying. People who are interested in having a personal relationship with God may like this book the most. People who prefer and are familiar with reading books from well-known pastors and authors may not like this book. People who would least like this book are ones with no interest in the Bible or God and who are not open to another’s viewpoints on these subjects.
What God is Saying
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