A Year with God by R.P. Nettelhorst is a thoughtful, ambitious and insightful compilation of Old Testament excerpts and explanations. It is arranged categorically: love/hate, hope/fear, mercy/judgment, etc., and can be read in any order. The author uses portions of Scripture (taken from a wide variety of versions) to invite his reader to “Spend a year with God, read his words, and listen to his heart. Love him and know without a doubt that he loves you.”
These readings and reflections would appeal to people who prefer a short, daily, expository-type reflection rather than a personal anecdotal one, typical of the many devotionals on the market. The author stays clear of involving himself in the meditations—so much so, in fact, that there is no mention of him or his background anywhere in the book.
Granted, for the sake of review, I read A Year with God in a month and probably missed some of the applicable inspiration the author intended. However, as much as I appreciated his obvious knowledge, I felt A Year with God lacked the warmth and inspiration I would need in order to stay hunkered down in the Old Testament for a year.
Nevertheless, Nettelhorst is well versed in the Old Testament and is able to present his meditations clearly and simply.
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