Awakening Faith Book Cover Awakening Faith
James Stewart Bell
Zondervan
October 2013
Hardcover
400

 

Many of the daily devotional books available all fall in to the same pattern of short, pithy sayings most of which have little to no theological depth.  Awakening Faith: Daily Devotions from the Early Church offers a refreshing change.

Drawn from the writings of a variety of the key teachers and leaders of Christianity in the first eight centuries, Awakening Faith offers 366 short readings from Genesis to Revelation.  Each daily reading begins with a passage of Scripture and then a short reflection on the passage from a church father's writings.  Additionally, at the end of the book is a list of all the church fathers represented and a short biography.  I found this particularly interesting in that it provided insight into some of the church fathers with whom I was not familiar.

While this book should not be a substitute to one's daily Bible reading, it will introduce many readers into the thoughts of those who came before us.  Read with discernment.  The early church fathers represent a wide variety of theological views.  Take this book and use it as a tool to find those whose writings you want to investigate further.

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