Item description for Great Days with the Great Lives (Great Lives from God's Word) by Charles R. Swindoll...
Overview This devotional features daily insight taken from Charles Swindoll's Great Lives series. Each day, readers will find a scripture reference and a devotional thought taken straight from one of the Great Lives of the Bible. These lives offer hope to all of us. They show that God can do extraordinary things through ordinary men and women, and offer insightful perspective on what it means to be truly spiritual men and women after God's own heart.
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.6" Weight: 1.035 lbs.
Release Date Jan 31, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
ISBN 0849900433 ISBN13 9780849900433 UPC 023755026514
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More About Charles R. Swindoll
Charles Swindoll is senior pastor of Stonebriar Community Church, chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, and host of the internationally syndicated radio program, Insight for Living. He has written more than thirty best-selling books, including, Strengthening Your Grip, Laugh Again, and Grace Awakening. He and his wife, Cynthia, reside in Frisco, Texas.
Charles R. Swindoll has published or released items in the following series...
Great Lives (Thomas Nelson)
Great Lives from God's Word
Swindoll Leadership Library
Swindoll's Living Insights New Testament Commentary
Reviews - What do customers think about Great Days with the Great Lives (Great Lives from God's Word)?
Just about to finish it Dec 30, 2006
I cannot recommend it highly enough! My husband gave me this book for Christmas last year. It is truly one of the best devotional books I have ever used. I could hardly wait to read it each day. Every section, every Bible character, seemed to "speak" to me. I am about to finish it and frankly, am a little sad about having to find a new devotional book for 2007. Charles Swindoll has such a way with words!
Great Days with Great Lives Mar 23, 2006
Charles Swindoll has done it again! This is a great book which includes a short scripture reading and a one-page devotional. I'm about to finish week 5 (there are 365 devotionals) and I am learning so much about Joseph and how he can affect my life. Moses is next! Charles has the ability to bring out so much thoughtful insight in a few well-chosen words. As with all of his other books I have read, it is almost like he is in the room talking to you.
An Exceptional Devotional...Quite a Treasure Jan 31, 2006
If you haven't discovered Charles Swindoll's bestselling The Great Lives series, then you've been missing quite a treasure. In this in-depth, well-written series, Swindoll explores the lives of Bible greats such as David, Esther and Joseph. This new devotional, GREAT DAYS WITH THE GREAT LIVES, serves as a "best of" from the series.
Divided into daily readings, the devotional focuses on one Bible character at a time, beginning with Joseph. The short entries illuminate a particular facet of his journey, lessons to be learned from his life, and reflections on the legacy he has left behind. Along the way, short but valuable details are explored.
Swindoll writes, "Why does the writer add these details? First I think he wants us to know that Joseph was monogamous. He didn't fall into the trap of polygamy, like so many surrounding him --- even his own family. He had one wife, and she bore him two sons. Second, and even more important, the writer wants us to realize the significance found in the names of Joseph's sounds. Both names are a play on words. The New International Version footnotes state, 'Manassah sounds like and may be derived from the Hebrew word for forget,' and 'Ephraim sounds like the Hebrew for twice fruitful."'
It's these kinds of little "insights" that add depth to the text. In addition to the life of Joseph, a variety of other stars from the Bible are examined. Moses's journey is recounted as an up-and-down adventure of both leading people and following God. David, known as a man after God's own heart, is treated with tenderness and care. Other sections of the devotional look at Elijah, Job and Abraham. Throughout the text, Swindoll isn't afraid to look at each person's life objectively. While he acknowledges a person's strengths and successes, he doesn't shy away from some of the more difficult struggles and even failures these individuals faced.
In reflecting on Elijah hiding under the shadows of a tree, Swindoll writes that Elijah was "not thinking realistically or clearly." He points out that the prophet had made some vital mistakes, including separating himself from strong relationships, getting caught in the "backwash" of victory, and giving in to self-pity. Such an honest assessment is extremely helpful and valuable for readers who may have explored or researched these Bible passages on their own.
Surprisingly, few individuals besides Paul are looked at from the New Testament. As a result, this book is largely a treasury of insights from the Old Testament, but that doesn't mean it should be missed.
Overall, GREAT DAYS WITH THE GREAT LIVES is an exceptional devotional that lacks much of the fluff found in contemporary writing. Instead, it digs deeply into the Bible and uncovers multiple treasures along the way. Whether you're new to the faith, a veteran believer, or someone who just wants to learn more about the Bible, you'll enjoy this valuable resource. Highly recommended.
--- Reviewed by Margaret Feinberg
What it's all about. Apr 4, 2000
The book does a great job of giving a broad overview of what Young Life is all about. I think every leader, staff member,field staff, etc should take the time to refresh themselves by reading this book. It is proof that no matter how much time changes our society, kids are still kids.