Friday, August 24, 2012
1000 Days - The Ministry of Christ
By Jonathan Falwell
Based on the description of the book I expected an in-depth chronological study of the three year ministry of Jesus. I was disappointed.
This book instead provides simple topical Christian lessons with a disjointed attempt to connect them to the "1000 days" ministry of Christ. I might recommend this book for a new believer (which is the only reason why I gave it two stars). However, for a not so new Christian the overall feel of the book is simplistic and rather dull.
The end of each chapter contains several questions that are titled "Questions for individual reflection or small group discussion". I found many of these questions to be useful but often wanted there to be more. Well, at the end of the book there is more, titled as "Bible Study Guide (with Leader's Helps). I have no idea why the author or publisher choose to separate these two sections. I found that the section at the back of the book would be far more useful to an individual or a small group as a way to take the topical study deeper and be able to have relevant application.
The final section of the book provides the final disappointment. It contains a list of the "100 Main Events In Jesus' Life". It is in this list that we are provided with the chronological ministry of Christ. Unfortunately it is a simply a basic list with scripture references. I have the pretty much the exact same list in my Bible called "The Harmony of the Gospels".
Disclosure: Thomas Nelson Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program.