Sunday, May 08, 2011

Book Review: Unto the Hills by Billy Graham (Rated 5/5)

Do you find it hard to squeeze in some quiet time? And when you do, you find you can't concentrate, or what you read just doesn't give you anything to think about?

Recently I was sent the Billy Graham devotional Unto the Hills. I like having a devotional book that gives me a nugget of thought to turn over in my mind throughout the day.

Unto the Hills is set up in a similar format to Our Daily Bread. However, I found the selections to be longer and a bit meatier. Every day gives a verse, then the devotional, and ends with a prayer.

Graham writes in a light style that makes for an easy read, but the daily messages have a subtle depth and contain doctrinal value. They aren't merely fluff or "feel good" pieces. Graham writes consistently about the price of our salvation in Christ's death, poses questions about where our values lie (in the material or the spiritual), and urges Christians away from compromise and towards following Christ.

He adeptly weaves in personal narrative, anecdotes, persuasive questioning, and scripture references to bring a challenging thought for each day. I especially enjoyed the prayer selection at the end, because it brings a sense of closure to the piece, and leaves me pondering how to incorporate the daily lesson into my personal life.

Whether read day by day, or several selections at a time, Unto the Hills is a daily devotional easy to add to daily Bible reading even for those with busy schedules!

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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