For some of us, lockdown has created the opportunity to spend more time investing in our spiritual walk. Here are three ideas of books to help with personal devotions...
by J.C Ryle
This is a classic, put into modern English - and a favourite book! It is readable, relevant, applicable and heart-warming.
Although it's quite a thick book, each of the chapters stand alone - some focusing on particular topics, others on Bible characters - but all arising from a Bible text.
Holiness encourages the reader to rest and abide in the Lord Jesus for salvation and daily living. It challenges the believer to grow in holiness "without which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14)
Heroes of the Bible
by Roger Hitchings
This book provides 30 short devotions reflecting on older age. Using examples of familiar Bible characters who remained faithful in their later life, the author demonstrates how, though the pace of life may slow down, our walk with God can go on to bless others and grow in fruitfulness.
It urges and encourages faithfulness in later years, acknowledging both its challenges and blessings.
The readings are helpfully short and reflections brief and succinct, and there is a reference to an old hymn to aid each days reflection.
Do You Pray? A Question for Everybody
by J.C. Ryle
Another classic from J.C. Ryle, which has been edited into modern English.
How would you answer the question - do you pray?
This book really makes you think!
Do I really know what prayer is?
What's the role of prayer in my life?
What should I want my prayer-life to be like?
It's suitable and applicable for anyone with a Bible-awareness, wherever they are in their belief, faith or life situation. It has an easy-to-read style, as if a faithful friend was offering wise counsel.