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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AWAKENING: Daily Devotions from the Early Church By James Stuart Bell, Jr

Publisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  October 2013
Pages:  400
Genre:  Religion

Reviewed By WC

Book Description:  In simple, updated language, Awakening Faith by James Stuart Bell provides a year of inspiring readings drawn from the earliest teachers and writers of the church the Church Fathers. In every reflection you will be refreshed by deep wells of wisdom and spiritual insight.

In the age of Twitter and Facebook, where glib sayings abound, one yearns to read some deeper wisdom about life and faith on a regular basis. Well, here you have it, a compendium of wisdom, devotion, and biblical insight from some of the most thoughtful and faithful Christians from the early eras of the church's history. And in Facebook sized posts. That's a nice change of pace!

Mark Galli, editor, Christianity Today "

WC's Review:   This book of "Daily Devotions From the Early Church" propels the mind to wonder why folks today do not embrace these truths. Have we become more self-serving and embraced with the notion that man can enjoy a purposeful life without these insights into God and the nature of man?

Nearly 70 early Church Fathers share their reflections of deep wisdom and spiritual insights.

Augustine, Bishop of Hippo in Algeria, who lived 76 years during the span of 354 to 430 AD, strenuously advised us to "enlarge your desires, do not bear the yoke with unbelievers." Simply stated, pray without ceasing, even though God knows your needs."

Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna during the early century, loudly proclaimed that "anyone who does not confess that Jesus has come in the flesh is the antichrist." What insight!