post written by Emma Filbrun
Author: Sarah J. Callen
Major Themes: Bible Study
Synopsis: Spend time learning to see and savor God and His love and goodness!
I rarely use a devotional book. I just can’t remember to pick them up and read them! I normally just read several chapters of the Bible every morning, but to tell the truth, I struggle to get much out of it most days. I have been thinking I would like some sort of framework to go with my morning reading time, so decided to give Behold a try.
Each day for 40 days, Sarah J. Callen has suggested a passage of Scripture—although a few days, she tells her readers to choose their own passage. She offers a few of her own thoughts on the passage, but then encourages us to write down what we get out of it ourselves. She has several prompts, the same each day. First, she asks, “What stands out to you in this passage?” The other prompts are: Pause, Be, Enjoy, Wonder, and What is God saying to you? Her encouragement is to see the love and majesty of God, and wonder at Him the way a child does.
I was intrigued by the author’s choice of Scripture passages. Some days, she only recommended a couple of verses; other days, she chose a much longer passage. Every tenth day, you are to choose your own passage. Some passages, like Isaiah 6:1-7, are repeated a few times. She has chosen passages from all over the Bible—Genesis, Psalms, Romans, and Revelation, to name a few.
I really appreciated using Behold. It was good to have a bit of a framework to guide my thoughts while I read the Bible. I especially enjoyed some of the days when there were only a few verses to study; I practically memorized some of those passages! It made it easy to meditate on them that night in bed. The subtitle says it all: 40 Days of Seeing and Savoring God.
I received a review copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults
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Keywords: Bible Study