Steven K. Scott's life-transforming resource, The Greatest Words Ever Spoken has the "power to transform hateful hearts...change minds driven by greed...and alter lives ruled by arrogance." In this compilation of "pure, undiluted words" and statements Jesus' words inspire hope in hopeless situations, stir joy in broken hearts and replace "paralyzing fear" with His supernatural peace. That makes this book a valuable, one-of-a-kind resource.
It isn't a quick read and it isn't a book designed to be read cover-to-cover. Instead it's an alphabetized reference of every word, statement and lesson Jesus spoke and taught organized into nine general categories and 220 associated topics that provide "instant access to the counsel of Christ."
When Dr. Gary Smalley, one of Scott's friends, realized what Scott had created, he said, "This is a treasure chest of answers, promises, inspiration, encouragement, love, faith, and power for living that no Christian home should be without."
WaterBrook Press agreed and published this special "red-letter" edition in 2014 with Jesus' words in red and verses that provide context in black. From the table of contents to the New Testament scripture indexes and alphabetized subject index, this user friendly resource "is a quick way to find what Jesus had to say" on individual topics and everyday issues.
I especially liked chapter five that lists over one hundred of Jesus' conditional promises, "What Jesus said to those who believe in him." For greater understanding Scott suggests readers "underline the condition" of the promise and then highlight the "promised benefit...to clearly understand Jesus' teaching."
Besides a quick reference for spiritual questions and direction, the book can also be used for "topical studies during morning and evening devotions," by individuals, families or for group bible or word studies. It would also be a wonderful gift for new Christians who want to learn more about Christ.
Jesus' words are taken from the National International (NIV) translation while the New King James (NKJV) is used for chapter introductions. Scott and his business partners applied the biblical wisdom found in Jesus' words to build "more than a dozen multimillion-dollar companies from scratch. "Not only did Jesus predict our struggles," said Scott, "He offered a magnificent plan for our individual and corporate success."
In John 8: 31-32, Christ promised, "If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Scott makes the task easy with this simple, user-friendly resource that teaches the "God who created the universe" wants to know you on a "first-name basis," with such intimacy you would call him your "best friend," even think of him as your "dad."
"The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life, and Everything Else" (Red Letter Ed.), by Steven K Scott, Waterbrook, 2014, 544 Pages, 978-1601426673, $18.99
Midwest Book Reviews: April 2014
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The Greatest Words Ever Spoken: Everything Jesus Said About You, Your Life, and Everything Else (Red Letter Ed.), by Steven K Scott
All the statements of Jesus, organized into practical, easy-to-find topics.
In this special red-letter edition, all the statements of Jesus have been brought together under more than two hundred practical, easy-to-find topics. When you want to know His will in a specific area of life, or you’re seeking the answer to a perplexing question, or you are desperate for His encouragement, comfort, or wisdom, you can easily find the help you need.
Let the greatest words ever spoken bring new vision, power, and joy into your life—one statement at a time.
“Packed with every word Jesus spoke and grouped by topic, this book should be a constant companion to your Bible.”
—Dr. David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Ministries;
best-selling author of Captured by Grace
Morning and Evening: King James Version / A Devotional Classic For Daily Encouragement, by C.H. Spurgeon
Make the most of your mornings and evenings with Spurgeon's classic devotional presented here in your choice of elegant bonded leather bindings and Scripture translations.
Enjoy the original edition with Spurgeon's classic prose accompanied by the beautiful language of the King James Version of the Bible. Or select the gently updated edition which combines a contemporary language text revision with the fresh, meaningful prose of the New International Version.
No matter which you choose, you'll appreciate Spurgeon's insight and wise counsel and his love for and knowledge of the Word of God. Meditating on two portions of Scripture each day 732 in all with applications relevant for contemporary Christians, Spurgeon's characteristic comments hit home with a wit and style rarely found in other writings. These unabridged editions of his beloved devotional feature gold-gilded page edges, a ribbon marker, and illuminated first letters on each reading. A concise text index lets you discover what Spurgeon had to say on nearly every biblical topic. And a topical index helps you find his thoughts and wisdom on specific issues you're dealing with right now. Morning and Evening is a welcome gift for any occasion and Spurgeon's reflections bring a special richness to personal time with the Lord, too!
Valley of Vision (Leather): A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, by Arthur G. Bennett
The strength of Puritan character and life lay in prayer and meditation. In this practice the spirit of prayer was regarded as of first importance and the best form of prayer, for living prayer is the characteristic of genuine spirituality. Yet prayer is also vocal and may therefore on occasions be written. Consequently in the Puritan tradition there are many written prayers and meditations which constitute an important corpus of inspiring devotional literature.
Too often ex tempore prayer lacks variety, order and definiteness. The reason for this lies partly in a neglect of due preparation. It is here that the care and scriptural thoroughness which others found necessary in their approach to God may be of help. This book has been prepared not to 'supply' prayers but to prompt and encourage the Christian as he treads the path on which others have gone before.
Loveliness of Christ, by Samuel Rutherford
From the Foreword, by Sinclair Ferguson:...Surprising though it may seem in a world of large books, of all those owned by our family this may be the one we have most often lent or quoted to friends. It is full of rich spiritual wisdom and insight culled from the experience of a man who knew both the sorrows of life and the joys of faith in great abundance.
I pray that many readers will find here the help, comfort, wise counsel, and spiritual compass that we and our friends have so often discovered in meditating on these pages. Sinclair Ferguson The Loveliness of Christ is a beautiful little gift book containing short extracts in which some of Rutherford s most helpful thoughts are allowed to stand out in their unadorned wisdom and power.
Those familiar with Andrew Bonar s great nineteenth-century collection of the Letters of Samuel Rutherford will feel that this setting of brief quotations makes Rutherford s words sparkle like diamonds on a dark cloth in a jeweler's shop. It is not surprising then, that a hundred years ago, H. C. G. Moule, the Anglican Bishop of Durham, said in his simple but elegant commendation of the original edition of The Loveliness of Christ that it was a small casket stored with many jewels. It is the publisher s wish that the reader, in meditating on these pages, will find here help, comfort, wise counsel, and spiritual compass, and to say with Rutherford, Every day we may see some new thing in Christ. His love hath neither brim nor bottom.
Voices From The Past - Puritan Devotional Readings, by Richard Rushing
Richard Rushing has compiled this book of daily devotional readings from his favorite Puritan authors because of the great help he has gained from their Works.
'How thrilling it has been for me to read the Puritans on the glory and attributes of God, divine providence, fellowship with God, holiness of life and the mortification of indwelling sin, heavenly mindedness, prayer, evangelistic zeal, and trust in the Lord during times of affliction. At every turn these truths are eloquently taught, faithfully applied, and kindly offered as the subject of sweet spiritual meditation.'
This book is sent forth with the prayer that it will open a door to the vast stores of treasure to be found in the writings of the Puritans and that it will stimulate further exploration of this rich spiritual inheritance.
Beside Still Waters Words Of Comfort For The Soul, by Charles H. Spurgeon
In times of doubt, alarm, or discomfort, this year-long devotional book gives you a steady source of comfort, hope, and healing, delivered fresh from the pages of Scripture and in the timeless words and writings of Charles H. Spurgeon.
Beside Still Waters is more than just a devotional book. Each reading is indexed by topic, allowing you to locate specific passages for all the pressing needs in your life. So let The Shepherd lead you to a place of safety and calm. Be refreshed by His peace, and encouraged by His presence. Beside Still Waters will help you find comfort and encouragement for almost any challenge you may face.
Hope for Each Day Morning and Evening Devotions, by Billy Graham
Leading inspirational author and pastor Billy Graham shares words of wisdom and inspiration for hope-filled living every morning and evening.
Billy Graham has touched millions of lives by sharing the truth of the gospel. Now, by combining his popular devotionals Hope for Each Day and Wisdom for Each Day, this special morning and evening devotional will help readers stay close to the Lord throughout the day. Each morning readers can prepare their heart and mind for what lies ahead, and then process the day’s events every evening in the presence and fullness of His grace. It’s a beautiful means for abiding more in the One who is our true hope for each day.
Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well, by Billy Graham
Review: Nearing Home
But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
—Acts 20:24 (ESV)
Growing old has been the greatest surprise of my life,” says Billy Graham, known by many as God’s Ambassador. “I would have never guessed what God had in store for me, and I know that as I am nearing home, He will not forsake me the last mile of the way.”
In Nearing Home this man of faith—now in his nineties—explores the challenges of aging while gleaning foundational truths from Scripture. Billy Graham invites us to journey with him as he considers the golden years while anticipating the hope of being reunited with his wife, Ruth, in his heavenly home that eclipses this world. “When granted many years of life, growing old in age is natural, but growing old with grace is a choice,” says the author. “Growing older with grace is possible for all who will set their hearts and minds on the Giver of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
Join Billy Graham as he shares the challenges of fading strength but still standing strong in his commitment to finishing life well.
“Explore with me not only the realities of life as we grow older but also the hope and fulfillment and even joy that can be ours once we learn to look at these years from God’s point of view and discover His strength to sustain us every day.”
The Journey: Living by Faith in an Uncertain World, by Billy Graham
Billy Graham is respected and loved around the world. And this work is his magnum opus, the culmination of a lifetime of experience and ministry!
Chapter by chapter, Graham leads us on a journey in faith. We learn about God and his purpose for our lives; who Jesus is and what he has done for us. We are reminded of the things God has given us to live successfully: the Bible, the privilege of prayer, fellowship and the church, and the Holy Spirit. We learn to deal with challenges along the way: temptation; wrong thoughts and motives; emotions that can defeat us; habits that destroy our spirit, and what to do when life turns against us. And we are given practical advice on knowing God's will, making right decision, strengthening our marriages, being wise parents, and using our gifts to share Christ with others.
With insight that only comes from a life spent with God, The Journey is filled with wisdom, encouragement, hope, and inspiration for anyone who wants to live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening
An updated bestseller with expanded content to help women begin and end each day with joy.
Every woman could use daily inspiration, and this beautifully packaged devotional offers enough for an entire year—twice a day! Each morning offers a devotional thought from bestselling women authors such as Sheila Walsh, Beth Moore, and Lysa Terkuerst, and the evening follows with applicable scriptures to complete the day. Deluxe leathersoft packaging and encouraging content make this book a great gift for women any time of year.
This collection of devotions and scriptures addresses relatable topics that women encounter every day such as: changing your focus, paring down your schedule, choosing a positive attitude, serving others graciously, and finding joy in God’s love.
The beloved original Joy for the Journey sold more than 620,000 copies, and this new morning and evening edition with a fresh, modern cover and interiors is the perfect gift to inspire a new generation of women.
Features & Benefits:
• Fresh, modern cover and interior will bring this devotional to a new generation of women
• Morning devotions followed by applicable scriptures each evening