Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Book Review: Encouragement for Today from Days Past

Chosen Books provided a complimentary copy of R.T. Kendall's These are the Days of Elijah: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things in exchange for an honest review.
     Author Dr. R.T. Kendall brings fresh perspective and years of wisdom to These are the Days of Elijah. Drawing from passages in 1 and 2 Kings he looks at the life of Elijah, including triumphs and trials. God first prepared this ordinary man for an extraordinary ministry. Elijah's life was pock-marked with fear and anxiety, even depression and was highlighted with prophecy and miracles. As he delves into Scripture Kendall lays out biblical application for today. How can we stand strong in the faith as we answer God's calling in the face of worldly persecution?
     God imparts the Spirit to help us and lead us to begin and maintain us in our journey. We will face mistakes and trials that will further refine us into the people God wants us to be. When we step out into the unknown risk will be the word of the day. Some days will be filled with disappointment and questions, it is then we rest in faith knowing we are serving the Almighty. Patience and perseverance will be required, diligence and reliance on God to see us through. Elijah is the perfect example of all of this following the Lord and at times fleeing enemies.
     So often, believers today either disregard Old Testament prophets altogether casting them out as irrelevant or hold them in such high esteem these characters are lifted up out of reach. I found These are the Days of Elijah insightful and utterly relevant. Kendall unpacked the verses in such a way it brings life to Scripture of old. Sometimes the New Testament is heralded as the Living Word and the rest is discounted as stale. Yet, when the time is taken to look at the OT books in depth, a whole new world is uncovered for our exhortation and spiritual maturation.
     I would highly encourage any believer who is being led into a new ministry to read Kendall's work or someone who is struggling in their ministry. Elijah was a man who is a prime example to uphold. When we follow God and seek Him it is then we will fulfill our first calling to glorify Him. These are the Days of Elijah is a book well worth the time to read and reread for years to come.

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