A daily Christian planner provides readings for the fall and early winter.
This debut book from Walters presents detailed and densely informed daily readings suitable for preachers, clergy, and prayer group leaders to guide their discussions from October through December. (While the entries are all marked 2017, they feel suitable for any year.) Each day provides a morning and an evening offering, both consisting of two anchoring Scriptural passages (one from the Old Testament and one from the New) and exegetical elaborations of varying lengths but uniform complexity. These lessons dig vigorously into their target passages, with line-by-line readings and ample context, all of it delivered in an appealingly direct and unpretentious rhetoric. On Oct. 29, for instance, the first part of the morning offering is Psalm 55: “My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me. / Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.” The commentary addresses the heart of the verses: “The Psalmist is troubled. His restless thoughts have shaken his confidence. David’s many enemies have worn him out and worn him down.” Walters has carefully chosen the pairings of his offerings so that their themes resonate with each other. The evening one for Oct. 15, for example, begins with Joshua 8-9, the story of the Gibeonites employing a guileful strategy, using the technical wording of an Israelite vow in order to trick victorious Joshua into sparing their lives. The entry then follows up with Galatians 3:15-20, in which St. Paul tells the Galatians that “the terms of a manmade covenant, such as a will, once established, cannot be added to or subtracted from,” going on to elaborate: “In the same way, the promises that God made to Abraham and his seed are irrevocable and unchangeable.” These parallels are often thought-provoking and never heavy-handed; they should be very helpful both to teachers leading discussion groups and to individuals engaging in their own daily Bible studies.
A thoughtful and comprehensive Scripture guide for part of the year.