One shelf in my study is lined with books by Charles R. Swindoll, and I eagerly awaited the latest installment, Abraham. Swindoll does not disappoint. Using the record of Scripture he traces the life of Abraham while pausing along the journey to point out truths, share advice, and offer suggestions.
I would describe Swindoll’s writing style as conversational. He presents the Scripture passage, and breaks it down by explaining terms, customs, and other pertinent facts. He then applies the passage for the reader. At times, as this writer revealed his personal experiences, I expected to look up and find him sitting across the desk. Swindoll’s years of ministry experience and his personal walk with Christ give the book an authentic flavor.
Abraham is not designed for a quick read-through. Read slowly. Underline. Make notes (assuming the book is not borrowed). Take time to examine each episode from Abraham’s life, and consider how to appropriate the lessons personally.
I marked several passages such as Chapter 5’s description of friendship. Chapter 9 offers a thorough analysis of the ways God answers my prayers. The answer to the question “What is God like?” can be found in Chapter 11. Swindoll gives practical suggestions for staying young at heart in Chapter 19. Throughout the book the reader is reminded we are to walk by faith, and Swindoll paints a realistic picture of what the entails using Abraham’s example.
I won’t add Abraham to my shelf just yet. I need to reread several portions, and I plan to share my copy with a friend.
Note – Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of Abraham to facilitate this review.