Passages by Brian Hardin is the latest book I’ve received from Litfuse to participate in its current blog tour. http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13507671/brianhardin
The subtitle is “How reading the Bible in a year will change everything for you”, and that’s actually a pretty good summary of the book! The majority of the book focuses on the practical benefits to your life that come from having the better understanding and frequent exposure to God’s Word.
It starts off with Brian’s story, and how he found himself drawn to creating a daily podcast reading through the Bible in a year. It then goes on to explain the changes that he’s seen in his own life as a result, and some about the community that has formed on the podcast’s website and the changes they have seen.
The book is an interesting read. He keeps the tone fairly casual, and uses a lot of real life examples.
And, given the subject matter, I was glad to see that it kept away from the beat you over the head sort of strategy. While he does have some discussion on the fact that we all know that we should be reading the Bible and making it a higher priority, it isn’t approached in a shaming sort of way that tends to dominate in a lot of daily Bible reading discussions.
Given that the book is written resulting from a podcast, it does lean a bit more towards the hearing and goes a bit into the origins of the Bible as verbally taught lessons, which made it a sort of an interesting twist from the common approach focusing on reading more than listening. Which probably does help make the whole thing seem a lot less intimidating to those who aren’t the strongest in reading and might otherwise struggle with the prospect of doing the amount of reading every day for the full year. (But then, I’m not sure those are the people who would pick up this book as casual reading…)
My one less than positive feeling about the book is that it does seem a bit like a diet book, promising big payoffs that don’t seem to be as guaranteed as implied. He does address this in the book, saying that daily Bible reading isn’t a magic bullet, and that it’s more like a workout routine that doesn’t always show results instantly but will certainly show them if you stick with it.
And I do know that there is a lot of benefit to knowledge and exposure to God’s word, and that it can be worked through in awesome and powerful ways. And reading it is a habit that’s probably only going to be a positive thing. But I guess I just find myself a bit reluctant to believe that these benefits are certain to be as dramatic of a change for every person, particularly within one year’s time. And particularly when they may be reading, but not deeply digging into it with passion. (Which is sort of interesting to realize in itself… but sort of off topic to go into right here.. but I’m going to make it the next post because it does tie in…)
In either case, it’s a good read, and interesting to see the results that have happened in people’s lives.
Daily Bible Reading & Devotion!
|Many Christians feel guilty when they think of reading the Bible. Though they want to love reading Scripture, they rarely have time for more than a few verses on the run. But the Bible is not meant to be a burden. It is the story of God’s passionate love for His children. It is also not a book of mystical incantations. It is a best friend offering counsel and companionship. And it is not a distant relic, but something very near. Near enough, in fact, to be every reader’s story. So how do Christians delight in this story rather than see it as a source of failure? The founder of the immensely popular Daily Audio Bible, Brian Hardin shows readers how reading through the Bible in a year will change their life and the lives of others.
Passages by Brian Hardin shows readers how to read the Bible and offers practical ideas for immersing themselves in God’s life-giving words. Here readers will discover that reading the Bible can be a breathtaking adventure.
|Brian Hardin is a speaker, photographer, record producer and an ordained minister.In 2006, he created the Daily Audio Bible, an online podcast that now delivers 1.5 million downloads a month. He has produced over 150 albums and works with artists and the arts extensively. He is married to Christian musician Jill Parr.
Visit www.dailyaudiblebible.com for more.