Monday, December 31, 2007

Voices of the Faithful – with Beth Moore

© 2005 Integrity Publishers, Brentwood, TN

This collection of daily devotions contributed by International Mission Board, SBC, missionaries was actually compiled and edited by Kim P. Davis. Moore gets bigger billing because she’s the big name on the cover. The devotions are superb. As with any collection of this sort some are not on a par with the others, but most days are inspirational. Many tug so strongly at your heartstrings as to draw a tear or two. Often you will be inspired, and occasionally challenged to join this group of witnesses in their trek to foreign lands to share their faith.

This is also a collection that is tough on an old bird who likes to read all the words, though. I must admit that I’ve been known to even read the copyright page for all the information and disclaimers there. The problem with this volume is the transition between months written by the “big name writer.” As inspiring as the daily entries from the field are, the monthly intros by Moore are equally uninspiring. Voices of the Faithful would have done well without the “help” of Moore. The devotions would have been just as inspiring and the reader would not be plagued with the carryings on at the beginning of each month.

Also included at the end of the book are some helpful materials such as the index, and some advertisements from the IMB to help the reader discover ways to get involved personally in missions. All in all, the book is worth the money you spend on it simply for having the one-page daily devotions that will help to inspire you to missions and Kingdom building. Because of the distractions, I’d only give it four and three-quarters reading glasses of five.

—Benjamin Potter, December 31, 2007

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