I picked up The One Year Book of Healing, by Dr. Reggie Anderson, as an Advanced Review Copy from Tyndale. I was excited to open it, but disappointed by what I found within. This is set up as far too many devotionals are set up – by focusing on nice ideas or inspirational stories, which are vaguely related to a single, often out of context, Bible verse. It starts with a verse, rarely more than two lines long on the page, followed by a story and a daily prescription that says something like “Even in our darkest hours, our heavenly Father shines his light to show us the way to the fulfillment of his promises” (230). It’s a great sentiment – and of course, true – but realistically, unhelpful. Show me how this connects to scripture! Bring the Word to me, not a story loosely based on an out of context verse!
It may be that I am being too picky, but as a pastor, I have an honest concern that we have either lost, or more likely never developed, the tools needed to read scripture – and the devotional resources that we use are often of little help. This one, unfortunately, is no exception.