A Year with God by R.P. Nettelhorst is a one-year devotional based on the Hebrew Scriptures designed to bring the reader into contact with the words of God. There are 365 selections arranged thematically, each beginning with a brief passage from the Hebrew Bible followed by a short commentary or devotional thought. The scripture portions are drawn from a variety of translations (MSG, NIV, KJV, NRSV, CEV, NLT and more). There are ten biblical themes juxtaposed with their counterparts around which the entries are categorized – for example, Forgiveness and Anger, Peace and Conflict, etc.
Both scholars and those new to the Bible will find sure footing in this devotional. Both longtime friends of God and those just curious about God will find a place of hospitality in these pages. The devotional section is well written, insightful and points the reader in the direction of continuing to walk with God. Nettelhorst is not afraid to address the mystery of God – who is merciful and just, peaceful yet willing to act violently, divine yet intimately in touch with humanity – or the more difficult passages of scripture. By the end of the year the reader will indeed have encountered God. Where she goes from there is up to her.
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