My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This devotional takes a turn from the standard expectations one would have.What, precisely, is that? This edition isn’t by Christians for Christians. One of the primary contributors to this devotion is an Orthodox Jew, which is precisely what attracted me to it in the first place. The devotions found in this book, designed to guide the reader through a year of reading, are based off Rabbi Eckstein’s radio broadcasts, called Holy Land Moments, which are currently broadcasted on over one thousand radio outlets. That’s five continents, with over nine million listeners.
The material of this devotional are tied to Rabbi Eckstein’s teachings on the Jewish faith and tradition. It’s, essentially, a catalogued history of the Jewish people and current issues facing Israel today. Rabbi Eckstein has worked hard to bring a Jewish perspective for Christians to read and learn from, accompanied by Dr. Longman’s scholarly experience teaching the Old Testament. The goal of this collaboration is to help educate and mend broken fences to help create a stronger identity for Jews and Christians alike.
This devotion strives to guide a reader through a Gregorian calendar year, while recognizing Jewish feasts and festivals. In this regard, it is important to begin at the right time, or fast-forward to where one should be in the year. The voice of the devotional is very encouraging, much like traditional studies, but one can see the Jewish influence as well.
Overall, I would have liked a bit more of a challenge, but that would make this a study instead of a devotional. Otherwise, marking the days to read as actual dates would have been helpful as well, as Week 1 / Day 7 requires a bit of math to get to where one wants to be to follow the Jewish calendar in the devotional. That said, the material is unique and greatly illuminates aspects of the Jewish life and traditions that I have struggled to discover on my own for quite some time now. This book would have greatly helped in that pursuit.
This devotional is a great starting primer on getting to know how Jewish Y’shua really is, but believers shouldn’t stop there. Consider this the first stepping stone on a pathway across the pond, shall we?
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