Friday, October 25, 2013

Written On Our Hearts {Deseret Book Review}


If you have ever found the Old Testament intimidating, you're not alone. The less-familiar history, themes, and language, coupled with the length of the book, make it a difficult read for many. But author Emily Freeman loves the Old Testament, and as she shares some of the wonderful things she has learned in her study of this book of scripture, you will find yourself coming to love it too.
"There will come a moment in your life," the author says, "when you or someone you love will struggle with a challenge so great you will wonder how you will make it through. In that moment you will long to better understand the Savior's role as the Deliverer, and to do that you must go to the book of scripture that describes that role the best—the Old Testament."
Have you ever read the Old Testament?  I have - but only once.  It is a heavy read and once you get past the familiar stories in Genesis and Exodus I start glazing over as I read about all rules, laws and weird rituals that don't seem to apply to us anymore.  I had to plow blindly through those parts without understanding much of it and since then, I'm sorry to admit I haven't had much desire to read the Old Testament again.

This book, by author Emily Freeman, offers readers a chance to survey the Old Testament, without all the heaviness!  I love a good "devotional" style book and this one fits that criteria perfectly!  Short chapters take the reader on a tour of the books of the Old Testament.  It doesn't pick it apart verse by verse nor it doesn't break down individual chapters.  What the author does is takes a story from the Old Testament and demonstrates how it applies to daily life.  Sharing her experiences, Emily Freeman offers a clearer look into familiar Bible stories by relating them to modern-day experiences.  Each chapter also offers a single, thought-provoking question to encourage further study and reflection.  I have really enjoyed reading this survey of the Old Testament.

This is a small size book, about 5 1/2" x 7" and I am in love with its pretty cover!  This book would make a great stocking stuffer or sweet Christmas gift for someone special!  It retails in hardcover at DeseretBook.com for $17.99 or as a Booshelf eBook for $9.99.

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Disclaimer:  I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review from Deseret Book.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

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