Since it's the last Wednesday Review of the year, I thought it might be a good idea to review something that I've been reading all year long:
Introduction: Faith's Checkbook is a daily devotional book by Charles Spurgeon. It opens with a note from the author, and contains 366 short meditations on Bible verses, all centered around the many, many promises of God. Once I underlined a bit in the Preface that says a lot about the spirit of the book: "He has been so faithful to me in countless instances that I must encourage you to trust Him. I would be ungrateful to God and unkind to you if I did not do so."
Each day's mediation is contained on a single page. The date is given, followed by a title for the devotion. The verse of the day is given in the King James Version, and the rest of the page is given to commentary by the "Prince of Preachers."
My Review: I've used this devotional for a couple years running now, and I used it back when I first got it in college (the first time 'round). My copy is dog-eared and highlighted and underlined. I even wrote the date next to one highlighted section, although I don't know what I thought I would get out of it later with no contextual notes. At any rate, the point is that I've marked it up a bit. This is significant because I very rarely ever make a mark in a book. I will dog-ear these types of books, but the only other ones I've really marked up are Mind of the Maker, and the Bible. I recently read The Weight of Glory and I'm pretty sure that when I re-read it I will have to mark it up, as well. And that's it. So if I mark up a book, it means I really, really got a lot out of it. This is one of those.
Spurgeon's commentary of God's promises is full of insights - some really good stuff in here, not just encouragements but challenges, as well. It's a really nice balance, a devotional to get you smiling and thinking. I didn't grow up reading devotionals, I highly recommend it.
Copyright: 1992 (my copy)
Publisher: Whitaker House (there are others - the text is public domain)
Length: 374 pages
My Rating: 5 Stars