Book Review: Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith, by Charles R. Swindoll
I have long appreciated Chuck Swindoll’s ministry of preaching and writing. I admire people who can teach the word of God clearly and balance explanation with application. He makes the Scriptures come alive and you walk away knowing how to put the principles in practice in daily life. Pastor Chuck’s latest book, Abraham: One Nomad’s Amazing Journey of Faith, follows in the same pattern and does not disappoint.
In the book, the author traces the story of Abraham from Genesis 12-24. Rather than provide a whitewashed version of an unblemished hero, he paints him as the Scriptures reveal do, a man with a mixture of strengths and weaknesses, high points and failures, beauty and warts, and everything.
As Swindoll points out, the story of Abraham is a story of real life, showing a real person going through real experiences in a real world. He is a man that all of us can relate to. Abraham walked with God and yet stumbled on occasion. But he always got up and started walking again. By the end of his life, Abraham was known as the friend of God. The book portrays the growth of Abraham’s faith from his initial call to follow God to his final breath.
Swindoll blends biblical teaching with practical application. He weaves in personal stories, historical examples, and contemporary illustrations. The book is insightful and encouraging, filled with humor, sobering truth, and thought provoking principles. My only regret is that I didn’t have it when I preached through Abraham’s life last year.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network http://tyndaleblognetwork.com/ book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.