For my entire Christian life I have heard people pit doctrine against practice. The idea seemed to be that a person who cared deeply about doctrine probably didn’t know how to help an “ordinary” Christian learn about life. It’s easy to understand why this criticism exists because there has been much doctrinal teaching over the years that was divorced from the concerns of life.
This is why I was excited to receive a copy of Joel Beeke and William Boekestein’s Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation. The authors care about theology, and in this book they convey deep theology in a way that inspires love for Jesus. The layout of the book is pretty simple. There are thirty-one devotions centered around the Incarnation and each one explains an answer to the question, “why did God’s Son come to earth?”
Each chapter begins with a passage of Scripture related to the theme of the devotion. Then they explain the passage and the theme that it is teaching. In doing so, he helps Christians understand the impact that these truths should have on our lives.
The book’s major strength is that it is anchored in both in sound theology and real life. They write from a depth of understanding of God’s word and from decades as a follower of Jesus. Beeke and Boekestein hold the incarnation up to the light for the reader to see its many contours and to gaze at all of its beauty.
This book is best read as a devotion throughout the month instead of reading straight through in several hours. Open your Bible and read the entire paragraph surrounding the passage that he shares at the beginning of the chapter. Then read through the chapter and let the truths of what you read build a bridge into your prayer time.
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(A copy of this book was given to me through the Cross Focused Reviews program in exchange for an honest review of the work.)