Friday, October 25, 2013

Book Review: Memoirs of the Way Home

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Gerald M. Bilkes' Memoirs of the Way Home:  Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion "demonstrates these biblical memoir's relevance for us today as they challenge us to consider whether we are in the far country or, by grace, on our way back home to God."

The author fantastically captures the meaning, depth, and application of the books Ezra and Nehemiah in the Bible.  The author masterfully sticks to the Bible as his source rather than spouting his own opinions.  He takes the reader throughout the Bible to further develop the points he is highlighting from the Biblical context of both books.  Because the author lays the Bible as the foundation to understand the text, he accurately portrays their relevancy in today's Christian community.  The reader should not attempt to read this book without having a Bible in hand.  

This book is a real Bible study.  It is not meant to be read instead of the Bible but alongside it.  There is no fluff but rather filled with thought provoking material meant to stir one into action.  The questions provided after each chapter are so insightful rather than the usual busy work given.  By presenting the two books separately, the author did a wonderful job in presenting the material in a clearer and in depth manner rather than had he attempted to combine the two.  

Because the author makes it a point to continually point the reader to Jesus Christ, this book is a wonderful resource that can be used with new converts, Bible study groups, and even in a family Bible study setting.  I commend the author for tackling an often overlooked topic in Christian circles--a call to conversion.  

I received complimentary copy of this book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for an independent and unbiased review.

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