The world specializes in separation and losses. How comforting it is to know that nothing can separate us from Jesus’ love. Jesus Lives is Sarah Young‘s follow up book to Jesus Calling. It is a devotional guide unlike most others.
The devotions are short two-page readings. The first page contains a two or three paragraph reminder or promise from the Bible. It is written as though Jesus were speaking. The second page presents the Bible verses used to compose the reading. There are 180 readings in the book, and they are divided into sections based on the themes from Jesus’ life and teachings: Adversity, Brokenness; Faith, Forgiveness, Grace, Hope, Joy, Love, Peace, Prayer — and more.
This is not a devotional to read only page-by-page, although surely that is recommended. It is also a devotional to keep and revisit, just as issues from these themes keep revisiting our lives. As we all know, the Bible is a living document and God helps us in our understandings in the light of our current needs. A scripture I read last week may seem much more relevant to me today then it did then. Jesus Lives will help connect scripture to the current needs in your life.
Having said that, the fact that this book is written as though Jesus is speaking to me made me just a little uncomfortable. These aren’t Jesus’ words. Sarah Young wrote them. Also, I have been taught to be very careful of studying scripture out of the context in which it was written. Despite all of that, having looked this book over and carefully considered the writings and the scriptures associated with them, I believe that Sarah Young did an excellent job capturing the meanings and messages behind these scriptures. This is not a book for those new in faith. Discernment is needed so one does not confuse Sarah’s devotions with Jesus’ words.
I would not suggest this book for the totality of one’s daily Bible Study. It does, however make an excellent starting point for study. Especially if one is interested in perusing the 46 themes from Jesus’ life and teachings.
I was provided a copy of this book for review by Thomas Nelson, Inc.