I am writing this review having just completed “Passages” by Brian Hardin just moments ago.
My mind is pondering the testimony of a Daily Audio Bible subscriber who on page 144-145 of Passages, shared an amazing testimony of the first time God’s word spoke powerfully to her heart.
I too remember the first moment the words of God came alive. I had been a Christian for several years but had yet to make regular Bible reading a habit. I decided to start, and I began reading a passage every night after my kids were in bed. One night I read the words of Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”.
I couldn’t get those words out of my head, and thought” Lord, why are you speaking these words to my heart”? Later that evening my mom called, her cancer was back a second time. I spent the next few years slowly watching my mother pass away in front of my eyes, and then another year actively mourning her death. It still hurts, but it’s a different hurt now.
Along the entire cancer to death journey I felt God comforting me through His word and through His people. Never in my life has the Bible been so alive.
Yet lately the words just haven’t jumped off the pages like they use to. So when I saw “Passages by Brian Hardin come available for review through Litfuse. I jumped at the chance to receive a copy.
A few pages in I grabbed my I-touch to download his Daily Audio Bible App. I haven’t yet made listening to it daily habit, but I plan to. I love listening to Hardin’s voice speak the word.
I have a copy of “The One Year Bible” by my bedside that I read each night, but I must admit many times my husband crawls into bed and has to remove it unread from my sleeping hands.
Which is why Chapter 7 of Passages really spoke to me. In it Hardin talks about the oral tradition of the Bible, how it once was read aloud more than silently. I can testify that the days I have listened to the Daily Audio Bible Podcasts, and then later gone on to read my One Year Bible, I am getting more out of the readings. Words I heard spoken earlier, are popping off the pages and into my heart.
I also found Chapter 6 a great reminder in how we are to approach the Bible. In it Harden mentions a 4 step practice that will lead Christians to deeper relationship with Christ through His word, that I had at one time been practicing but let the busyness of life take away from me. I am now going to make a concentrated effort to practice it.
If you , like me, have been feeling like your bible reading times have become more about routine than relationship I highly recommend grabbing a copy of “Passages”. I also suggest downloading the Daily Audio Bible App. .
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