I recently had the opportunity to review, Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us about Our Life with God by Joel R. Beeke. You can find out more about the book and read my review here.
About Portraits of Faith
We often use the word faith without thinking much about its meaning. We know that without faith, it is impossible to please God and that faith is the core and foundation of daily Christian living. But what is faith? Author Joel R. Beeke believes we can best understand faith by seeing how it operates by the Spirit in the lives of fallen sinners like us. Accordingly, he considers essential aspects of faith operating in the lives of Adam and Eve, the Shunammite woman, the Canaanite woman, and Caleb. With pastoral warmth, he challenges readers to ask themselves three questions: Do I have this kind of faith? Am I exercising the particular aspect of faith being described? How can this example of a particular dimension of faith be used in my life to make me a mature believer? Study questions for each chapter encourage meaningful reflection for both individual and group study.
I was really excited about this book. It sounded like a great way to grow your faith and very biblically based. However, I was a bit disappointed. This book seemed like it was a compilation of short sermons about faith. Some of them were amazing, others I couldn’t quite follow. The biggest problem though, was that they seemed to just be kind of smashed together in seemingly random order. For instance, one of my favorite parts was a modern day prodigal son story… that appeared in the chapter on Adam and Eve. It just didn’t seem to fit. The whole book was kind of like that. Lot’s of great stories, they just really didn’t go together. They were all about faith though. I think this book would have been a lot better if it was set up like a devotional or book of short stories instead of divided into 5 chapters. It just didn’t fit the way it was put together in my opinion.
All that said, there are some great stories in it. So while I can’t decide if it’s worth recommending or not, if you think it sounds good, pick up a copy and let us know what you think in the comments below.
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