A collection of brief, engaging thoughts to complement Christian Bible study.



King (Steps to the Victorious Walk, 2007, etc.), an evangelist pastor, offers an array of short daily devotionals about Bible verses and their applications to daily life.

In his latest book, the author turns his attention to helping readers build their relationship with God. He’s assembled 90 “devotions,” including for each a Bible verse, some of his own reflections and stories, and what he calls a “meditational thought”: a “thought- provoking point designed to help the reader experience the truth at hand more deeply.” King writes in his introduction that “[t]hose who take a minute and meditate on these nuggets will find the spiritual gold.” Each meditation builds upon the verse in question, leading to King’s clear, succinct final point; for example, he takes a line from Psalm 139, “for I am fearfully and wonderfully made,” and uses it as a way to discuss God’s creation: “Who else but our awesome God could have created such wonder?” He then builds to the meditational thought: “God made all originals and no copies.” Such thoughts are short and familiar but often avoid cliché. King often uses them to rephrase ideas that are common to devotionals, modifying them to be a bit more engaging. Many of them, such as “God is our best insurance,” “Attitude often determines altitude,” and “Names don’t make people, people make names,” should provide readers with springboards for personal meditation. King also contextualizes his summations in a variety of ways, drawing from the verses, real-world examples or his own views. He writes in an inviting, relaxed tone that fits with the book’s structure. Readers will be drawn in and comforted by his friendly nature and left with much to consider.

A collection of brief, engaging thoughts to complement Christian Bible study.

Pub Date: Aug. 11, 2014

ISBN: 978-1462739059

Page Count: 196

Publisher: CrossBooks

Review Posted Online: Nov. 11, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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