Wednesday, December 8

Pause for Power by Warren W. Wiersbe

Dr. Warren Wiersbe is a gifted Bible scholar with the ability to make personal and relevant application to God’s Word. This fall, David C Cook releases a revised version of Pause for Power: A 365 Day Journey in the Scriptures, a daily devotional that will allow readers to explore fifteen different books of the Bible with wisdom and insight gleaned from Wiersbe’s best-selling BE commentaries.

Offering insight and encouragement, this devotional touches on real-life themes that include contentment, integrity, patience, joy, hope, ministry, love, and peace. Each day’s devotional includes a brief Bible passage, an excerpt about that particular passage from Wiersbe’s BE commentaries, and questions for personal reflection. A brief prayer ends each day’s Scripture meditation and purposefully commits the reader’s heart and mind to God’s direction.

Pause for Power is a comprehensive update of Wiersbe’s original devotional and includes three additional books of the Bible as well as updated reflections and prayers. This year-long study includes thoughtful examination of the Old Testament books of Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Isaiah, as well as the New Testament books of Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 and 2 Timothy, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, and 1 John. Wiersbe’s trademark voice remains the same throughout the book, and he continues to encourage readers to make personal application of God’s Word to every situation of their lives.

Developing an intimate relationship with Christ is a life-long process, and the study of His Word is one of the primary avenues through which we learn and draw closer to Him. Wiersbe’s ability to explore and explain the Bible serves as a foundational resource for this year-long devotional that offers bite-sized pieces of wisdom that will carry readers through a great deal of Scripture in a single year. Pause for Power will make the perfect gift for friends and family who look forward to a new devotional to strengthen their daily walks during 2011.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe, former pastor of The Moody Church and general director of Back to the Bible, has traveled widely as a Bible teacher and conference speaker. Often referred to as the Pastor’s Pastor, Wiersbe has offered great encouragement to those with whom he has shared ministry. He has preached and taught in churches and conferences throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Central and South America, and Europe. His published work includes the popular BE series of commentaries on every book of the Bible which has sold more than four million copies. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Gold Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Dr. Wiersbe and his wife, Betty, live in Lincoln, Nebraska.

MY THOUGHTS

Pause for Power is a great little devotional book. Reading through the short devotionals, I was very impressed with the practical and relevant topics covered.  Here is a great example, from Day 222.


THE SECRET OF JOY
Read Philippians 1:1-5
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
Philippians 1:3-5

Paul's  letter to the Philippian church is a missionary thank-you letter, but it is also the sharing of Paul's secret of Christian joy.

The unusual thing about the letter is this: There appeared to be no reason for him to be rejoicing. He was a Roman prisoner, and his case was coming up shortly. He might be acquitted, or he might be beheaded! The believers at Rome (where he was being held) were divided -- some were for him and some were against him. In fact, some of the Christians even wanted to make things more difficult for the apostle!

Yet, in spite of his danger and discomfort, Paul overflowed with joy.  The secret of Christian joy is found in the way we believers think -- our attitudes. As we think, so we are (Prov. 23:7 KJV).

Philippians, then, is a Christian psychology book, based solidly on biblical doctrine. It is a book that explains the mind we must have if we are to experience Christian joy in a world filled with trouble.

SOMETHING TO PONDER
What are some current situations that tend to keep you from experiencing joy? How can you keep from letting such situations rob you of joy?

This particular entry really spoke to my heart.  On a day when everything seems to go wrong, it is so easy to grumble and complain. Paul gives us an awesome example of being thankful and joyful, no matter what the circumstances. Simply put ... we need an attitude adjustment!

The title of this book is very fitting, and it's so important that we "Pause for Power" in our daily lives. I look forward to reading through this devotional book again in the new year, together with my husband. 

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Pause for Power from The B&B Media Group, in exchange for my honest review.

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