Friday, January 25, 2013

Unto the Hills

Last Christmas (2011) my mother gave me a daily devotional called Unto the Hills by Billy Graham. I had been meaning to read one of his books for some time, but just hadn't gotten around to it. So, I used this as a start and worked it into my morning prayer time each day during 2012. Now, let me first state, that I am not a fan of books that are designed to be read one page per day. This "condition" has always brought me frustration. Partly this arises because I like to sit down and read a book, not dabble and plod along at someone else's pace. I hate being limited and manipulated. However, I managed to have a talking to myself and then settled in and followed the prescribed "curriculum".

This book is based on taking a verse or two from the Bible for each day's entry and expounding upon it. The verses chosen mostly follow in order from selections in Genesis in the Old Testament to selections in Revelation in the New Testament. It includes the sound and tender theology that Graham based his ministry on, as well as a number of personal stories and anecdotes. The daily devotionals are not meant for intensive study, but are rather limited to about a page in length and serve to reorient your mind and your thinking towards God and those around you, whether you read your devotionals in the morning before you start your day, as you get ready for bed and reflect back on your day, or whether you read when you catch a few moments for reflection. Not a bad effort to read through.