Friday, August 20, 2021

Awesome! by Dick Eastman

Eastman provides thirty-one meditations with an aim of magnifying Christ's nature and glorifying His names. The meditations help show us Christ's nature and character and experience His wonder. The meditations also encourage us to exhibit the character of Jesus. Each meditation concludes with a written prayer and four practical application suggestions.

Along with the thirty-one meditations is a list of names of Jesus Eastman has accumulated over the years. I found some to be a bit repetitious, like Shepherd and Overseer of Your Souls (1 Peter 2:25) and Shepherd of Your Souls (1 Peter 2:25) (p. 192) and Sun and Our Shield (Psalm 84:11) and Sun and Shield (Psalm 84:11). (p. 198) Nonetheless, these names give further opportunity to glorify Christ by meditating on them.

I think my favorite meditation was on praying Jesus. Eastman's insights include that Jesus went to a solitary place for restorative prayer. Also, it was not uncommon for Jesus to pray all night, even after a tiring day of ministry. And something I had not really thought about before, Jesus did not stop praying after His resurrection. He still intercedes for us. The entire meditation gave me new encouragement to put more emphasis on my own prayer life. Jesus is an intercessor and if I want to be like Him, I need to be an intercessor too.

Eastman includes insights from several people and movements in history, making this an informative book as well as one drawing us to the majesty of Jesus Christ. I recommend it as a good resource for spending a month considering Jesus.

You can read an excerpt here.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Dick Eastman is the international president of Every Home for Christ and has traveled around the world more than a hundred times in that role. He also serves as president of America's National Prayer Committee. He is the originator of the Change the World School of Prayer, a multipart seminar. He is also the author of numerous books on prayer and evangelism. He and his wife live in Colorado Springs, Colorado. They have two grown daughters and nine grandchildren.

Chosen Books, 224 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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