Every once in a while a book or e-book comes along that not only gives you inspiration, but shows you how to live out that inspiration day by day!
Passages by Brian Hardin is that book for Melissa’s Musings. I’ve read books, e-books, blogs, magazine articles and they all share good points why, how, when, where we are to spend time with God in His Word. After all the Bible is God’s love letter to us, it our compass, etc. BUT…what each of these lacked was the implementation, the follow through.
Passages does not leave you with a burning desire in your heart and soul. Passages shows you how and what to fill that burning desire with. It takes you one step further than all the books I’ve read that have tried to inspire you into spending time in God’s Holy Word.
If I asked you right now whether you read the Bible or not, how would that make you feel? For most of my readers that I’ve polled it makes them feel guilty. They know they should be reading God’s Word, not just to check it off their to-do list, but to really spend time with God in His Word. But, finding the inspiration, time, place, makes this spiritual growth tool impossible.
According to Brian Hardin the Bible was never meant to be read in small on the run segments. What you can cram in as you drive thru the Word of God. But that is how many approach the Bible and reading it. According to Brian Hardin the Bible was meant to be read in passages or larger chunks daily. One thing Brian warns you about is that the Bible was meant to be read in context. Bible reading is not letting your Bible fall open as you allow yourself to be deceived this is where the Lord wants me today. No, read the complete Bible and allowing it to be its own interpretation. Remember the Bible never contradicts itself.
Brian Hardin in Passages shares his own personal story and journey with the Word of God. He not only shows you the hows and whys of Bible reading daily, but he gives you inspiration and how to make it happen in your own life. As I shared above you are not left with the desire to do something and no idea of how and where to begin. When you finished this book you will have practical steps to start reading the Bible, you’ll have an online community to offer accountability, fellowship, and you’ll have the desire to spend time with your God.
Brian Hardin has an audio podcast on reading through the Bible daily. This podcast has over a million listeners a month. Daily Audio Bible is a place to go if your ready to rediscover God’s Word and join with others as each of you from around the world spend time with God in His Word.
I would recommend this e-book to anyone who is lacking inspiration when it comes to daily Bible reading. This is not just another Bible reading plan. This is a community event that you can be a part of that will offer inspiration, accountability, fellowship and so much more. I do recommend that you visit the Daily Audio Bible and join the community as you begin your journey.
I wanted to share a few of the quotes from the book that I found helpful:
In reference to Daily Audio Bible “The community was full of people who had been wounded in one way or another by religion but were not willing to give up on God.”
“It’s time to abandon the limitations we’ve place on the Bible. It contains the sacred words most people believe are inspired by the one who gives us our very breath. How have we lost sight of this?
So often we attempt to approach the Bible from a purely intellectual perspective and forget that Christ actually dwells in our hearts. Shifting our orientation makes all the difference. The Bible is an unfolding story in which we have a role.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for organizing this tour and providing me with my complimentary review copy.
Until Next Time,