Ancient Christian Devotional A Year of Weekly Readings

Ancient Christian Devotional A Year of Weekly Readings from InterVarsity Press is unique among devotionals. Its devotionals are writings from Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture that are structured for daily or weekly reading.

This book is one in a series. The series is broken up into cycles. This one is lectionary weekly cycle B. The structure is written to promote daily reading and prayer and can be read in order or according to theme. Each devotional includes an opening and closing prayer from ancient hymns.

I like the structure of the devotions. They start with a theme that includes Scripture, then an opening prayer, an Old Testament reading with reflections from Church fathers, a Psalm, a New Testament reading with reflections from Church fathers, a Gospel reading with reflection from Church fathers, and a closing prayer. The devotions average around five pages.

In the back there is a list of all the prayers. There is also a biographical sketch of all the Church fathers in the book. I felt that the biographical sketches alone were worth the price of the book. There is also an index of names and a Scripture index. I would have liked to see an index of themes, but at least the theme is printed at the top of each page, making it easy find what you want.

I recommend Ancient Christian Devotional A Year of Weekly Readings not only as a devotional but also as an insight on the thoughts of early Church fathers. It provides a rich look into the writings historical Church leaders.

 

InterVarsity Press provided this book free for review. I was not required to write a positive review- only an honest review.

 


 

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