Saturday, March 06, 2010

REVIEW: 66 Love Letters by Larry Crabb

Book Description
The story of God written in intimate love letters just for you.

Dr. Larry Crabb knows that if we could see the larger story of God and humanity, our world would never be the same. That story is found in large part in the sixty-six letters of the Bible.

Written in a conversational first person, as if God is speaking directly to us, Dr. Crabb looks at each individual book in scripture and boils it down to a one- or two-sentence message to us from that particular book. He then unpacks each sentence in a short chapter answering the question, What does God want me to hear from this love letter? The book's epilogue then fits all sixty-six pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together into one coherent paragraph and reveals the beautiful picture of what God has been about since the creation of the world. Far from being comprehensive, this is a personal approach to helping readers know God and his great love for them, his message for all mankind, and how their lives fit into His larger story.

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Here is my review of this wonderful book:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Larry Crabb and his publisher for sending me a copy of "66 Love Letters" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

“66 Love Letters” by Dr. Larry Crabb is an incredible work of non-fiction. This wonderfully enlightening book is written as the author’s response to each book of the Bible. Each chapter speaks to a different book of the Bible in chronological order and contains an overview of the book. It shows how each book relates to the other books especially within its genre (i.e. wisdom books). The message that God is trying to get across to His people is a major part of each chapter’s synopsis. Dr. Crabb also includes poignant stories that provide good life application.

This book would be a wonderful way to get an overall understanding of a Bible book prior to reading it during quiet time or study. “66 Love Letters” is like a strainer that has the potential to help the reader get the most out of his scripture reading. This is one terrific book that I will refer to again and again for years to come.

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