Book Review: Faith and Culture Devotional

I agreed to read and blog about A Faith and Culture Devotional: Daily Readings on Art, Science, and Life, by Kelly Monroe Kullberg and Lael Arrington, so Zondervan was kind enough to send me an advanced copy of it.   I had hoped it would be the thinking person’s devotional, one that would spark new thoughts or perspectives, and from which I could really learn.  I think it did that, although to a lesser degree than I wanted it to.

The devotional is broken up into fifteen weeks, and then each week has seven devotions on the topics of Bible and theology, history, philosophy, science, literature, arts, and contemporary culture.  The purpose of the devotional is to reveal God in all subjects, all areas, every part of life.   The contributors are scientists like Michael Behe and writers like Chuck Colson and Philip Yancey, and cover topics from creation to God in Picasso’s art to Shakespeare to U2.  The scientific accuracy of the Bethlehem star is addressed, as well as the reasons why the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John were canonized and the Gnostic gospels of Thomas and others are heresy. It disproves evolution through the study of mutations caused by malaria, as well as Bono and U2’s Christian roots.  Its range is very broad and the contributors are well-suited to write their chosen topics.

I feel that this devotional is a good supplement to (but should not replace) your Bible study, as any scripture in this book is incidental rather than the focus of any devotions.  The Bible is defended, appluaded, supported, and authenticated, but God’s fingerprints in the world rather than the Word itself is the focus of A Faith and Culture Devotional.  That being said, I definitely recommend it as a way to see and worship and learn about God in every aspect of life.


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