Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Book Review: Friend of God: The Legacy of Abraham, Man of Faith

Ray C. Stedman discusses the incidents of Abraham’s life to throw light on New Testament truths that are important for us to understand and apply to our own lives. I learned so much reading this book.

For instance, one chapter explains how the torch that passed between the pieces of Abraham’s sacrifice in Genesis 15 relates to the doctrinal themes of Romans 4 through 8. Another chapter explains the great significance of the name change from Sarai to Sarah and from Abram to Abraham.

I appreciated the author’s explanation of the original reason circumcision became part of God’s covenant with Abraham. And Stedman discusses how Abraham’s life illustrates the struggle we all face with our old nature and our new nature. There are 19 chapters with titles including: “Ishmael Must God,” “How Prayer Works,” “The Wasted Years” and “The Abundant Entrance.”

Stedman graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary and pastored Peninsula Bible Church in California for 40 years. He has written more than 20 books and is considered one of the centuries’ foremost Bible expositors. Stedman writes in a conversational manner, easy to understand. A great read and another book I want to reread because it had more to offer than I can absorb in one reading.

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