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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