By Sherri Cragg
Come near. Stop striving. The Master of the banquet has raised His glass to welcome you as His dear child. Sherri Gragg proves that Christ is a kinder, more tender, more loving Savior than many understand Him to be.
With an introduction like the above, I was eager to read this book and excitedly opened the box to examine my new book. I instantly wondered if they had put lead or gold in the cover. For a book of its size, it was very heavy. After reading the acknowledgments and introduction, I was sure the weight had significance due to the anointing I felt after just the first few pages. Yes, in just those few pages, I was convinced that I held a holy book.
Admittedly, I jumped in and was determined to read as many devotionals as possible in order to get through the book in a timely manner, but, as the subtitle invites the reader to linger, I relaxed and slowed my pace to savor the chapters, for this is no ordinary devotional. The author retells the encounters with Christ as if it is with each one of us, personally, encountering Him with our own ailments and character flaws. She weaves in historical details that help the reader to gain a deeper understanding of the culture and attitudes during the time of Christ.
I liked the stories where Christ loved on the person in spite of their weakness or sin. I didn't care as much for the retelling of Christ's death because it seemed more redundant. But, the last chapter, The Restoration of Peter, was a powerful finale of hope to all those who have tasted failure. Using this devotional was like getting a big hug of encouragement and reassurance so I could run off and play again, which I know we all need.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who needs encouragement and who desires to gain a greater understanding of the time when Christ walked the earth.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my review. I was not required to give a positive review. Thank you Thomas Nelson and BookLook Bloggers.