In my post yesterday (Noble Ruins…Graves and Grace) I mention a devotional, and here is a review:
I highly recommend this devotional to you: A Faith and Culture Devotional, Daily Readings in Art, Science, and Life. Zondervan, 2008.
However, it is not your typical devotional. For one, it is not meant to replace Bible reading – the devotions aren’t based on a particular Bible verse or passage. Each “devotion” is rather a perspective on Christian worldview – seeing the world around you through the lens of Christian faith. Secondly, if you think of “devotional” stuff as light, these devotions are more thoughtful and academic.
Yet, they are devotions! Each one is only 2 or 3 pages long. They are written in an easy-to-read and down-to-earth style even as they address some topics that are more scholarly. The end of each devotion has questions for personal thought and reflection.
The contributors are wide and varied: Darrel Bock, Dallas Willard, RC Sproul, Scot McKnight, William Lane Craig, Michael Behe, Keith Getty – to pick a few names you might recognize. I kept noticing how many of the contributors had PhDs! But again, don’t let that scare you.
The devotional is designed to go through in 15 weeks, with each day of each week focusing consecutively on Bible and theology, history, philosophy, science, literature, arts, contemporary culture. So there is variety, yet with a consistency of focus.
This note was in the introduction: “Why a faith and culture devotional? To marvel at the wonders of God and His world. To learn of ancient empires. Dark matter. String theory. Rembrandt. Uncle Tom’s Cabin. U2. Quantum physics. To worship….We invite you to enjoy the connections between faith and culture that outstanding Christian thought leaders offer in 7 key subjects….”
The back cover states “renew your sense of wonder” and “refresh your education” – it definitely did both of these things for me! I was initially planning to give this away when I finished it as a book-giveaway. But sorry, I’ve decided to keep it! I think it is a good book to keep laying around, worthwhile to pick up here and there when you want to read just 2 or 3 pages but also be challenged. There are also brief bio’s on each contributor, often referring you to web sites or other sources you may want to further explore.