Devotional books

Following up on the previous post, if you’re looking for some devotional material to go along with you Bible reading I have two recommendations:

  • The Valley of Vision (Arthur Bennett) is a collection of prayers drawn from Puritan writings. The prayers have no dates assigned to them (i.e. no reading plan) & you won’t find any Scripture references–they supplement your Bible reading. The entries are brief but unbelievably rich. I’ve found these readings very profitable when I’m feeling dry or in need of a spiritual jump-start.


  • For the Love of God (D. A. Carson, 2 vols) offers a systematic reading plan through the Bible. The reading schedule is more ambitious than the all too common verse-a-day devotionals. If you keep to the reading plan you would read through the NT and Psalms twice and the rest of OT once–you can do it in one year (2chpt/day) or two (4chpts/day). Each day’s reading has one page of “commentary” from Carson that seeks to provide “a framework for what the Bible says.” [This content is also offered free online as a blog.]

Hope you find this helpful. Feel free to comment with your own recommendations.

Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Lead pastor at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian, theological Luddite, and long-suffering Atlanta Falcons fan. A student of one book.

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