When we desire to have a closer relationship with God, the best way to do so is through the practice of spiritual disciplines. The practice of spiritual disciplines helps us grow in the knowledge of God, his teachings, and how to live life, pleasing in His sight. It is through studying God’s Word that we receive instructions in righteousness that allows us to be transformed by the renewing of minds. (2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 12:2) There is a multitude of resources and tools available to assist us with the understanding of the Scriptures. Sorting through the numerous resources and tools to obtain the basic knowledge of Bible can be a daunting task and disheartening to some who are new to Bible Study.
Christopher D. Hudson has written a plain, user-friendly companion resource book entitled, “Self-Guided Tour of the Bible.” This book is designed to be used with the Bible. As the name implies, it allows one to study at his/her own pace. It is written using real-world scenarios and modern day examples to illustrate different concepts in the Bible. It features maps, timelines, overviews, and charts all full-colored and reproducible for classrooms or small group studies. There are 242 pages. Hudson cleverly uses a museum analogy to feature and highlight the various components of this companion guide. Each chapter acts as an “Exhibit Hall.” Each “Exhibit Hall” provides a description of content featured.
This book serves well as a quick reference guide with multiple maps, charts, overviews, and timelines at your fingertips. It would be great for new theologians beginning the journey of discovery of God’s Word. It is ideal for teaching biblical foundation training and teaching in a small group setting and for individual study. I would definitely recommend this as a resource that should be a part of your arsenal.
Throughout the Bible, we learn different attributes about God revealing to us His power, ability, and nature. This insight is provided by numerous names, titles, and descriptions of God that convey God’s authority, desire, and love. Author, Christopher D. Hudson, has written a daily devotional entitled, “100 Names of God Daily Devotional” and published by Rose Publishing.
This daily devotional examines the etymology of the names used to refer to God. Each name reveals a different aspect of God aiding in the expansion of our limited knowledge and presenting an opportunity to learn more about our Creator. Hudson provides biblical references, explanations, and provide modern day examples making the names easy to understand. This devotional is designed better understanding of God which will promote spiritual growth.
After each name explanation, Hudson offers a small prayer for the reader to recite in appreciation for revelation of God’s attributes and request for wisdom. Another important feature to mention is the index. The index consists of the names of God in English format, names in the original language, key Scriptural references, and Strong’s numbers. The use of the Strong’s numbers allow readers to obtain a more complete definition of words using Strong’s Dictionaries.
This devotional can be an instrumental tool for the lives of Believers. Learning about God’s attributes allows us to utilize the names of God in our prayers. This is indispensable to our understanding of God and provides “Communication Bridge” that directly connects us to the very nature of God. I would recommend this devotional to all Believers desiring to know God. This a great personal devotional; however, could be adapted to a Bible or Sunday School Study.