Click Map for Details

Flag Counter

Saturday, February 23, 2013

My Favorite Books

Book of Nehemiah Chapter 3-1
(Bible Illustrations by Sweet Media)

What is your favorite book of the Bible? What is your favorite book apart from the Bible? How did each of your favorites turn out in the end? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1103).

Any Christian, of course, highly values the Gospels along with the entire New Testament. They are simply indispensable. But I have to admit that my favorite book is found in the Old Testament. I love the book of Nehemiah for it shows the tangible application of faith in a construction project. Nehemiah epitomizes my view of a practical and effective man of faith.

Apart from the Bible two books stand out. The Methodist Hymnal provides the musical underpinnings of my faith. It is hard to overestimate the impact of the weekly singing of hymns beginning in my formative years so that the theology, phraseology, and tunes of the hymns become second nature and deeply ingrained. The confessional in the Sacrament of Holy Communion (which appears in the hymnal) is forever etched in my memory and portrays well the stance I desire to take in this imperfect life. It appears in bold in the hymnal indicating the entire congregation is to read aloud: Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, maker of all things, judge of all men: We acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we from time to time most grievously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy divine majesty. We do earnestly repent and are heartily sorry for these our misdoings; the remembrance of them is grievous unto us. Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father. For thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past; and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honor and glory of thy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen 

Recently another book has come to my attention that promises to be a companion of mine for the rest of my life. It is a book of daily meditations written by the 39th President of the United States, Jimmy Carter. The title is: Through the Year with Jimmy Carter. This book is imbued with authenticity and faithfulness to Scripture.  I suppose in a way I see Jimmy Carter as a modern-day Nehemiah: a man of faith, character, and ability.

Print Page