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For the Love of God: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word, Volume 1 Paperback – July 10, 2006


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (July 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348150
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348156
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is president of The Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books including Scandalous, Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, and The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.


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D. A. Carson (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is the author or coauthor of over 45 books, including the Gold Medallion Award-winning book The Gagging of God and An Introduction to the New Testament, and is general editor of Telling the Truth: Evangelizing Postmoderns and Worship by the Book. He has served as a pastor and is an active guest lecturer in church and academic settings around the world.

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I look forward to my daily readings!
K. Anderson
If a person reads all four chapters including the devotion, he or she will read, "The New Testament and Psalms twice and the rest of the Bible once in a year.
K. Potts
This is a great companion to Scripture, so it's helpful when read in addition to the texts shown in the bible reading plan.
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful By K. Potts on May 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read devotionals before but this is the cream of the crop. Dr. Carson points out, "The rising biblical illiteracy in Western culture means that the Bible is increasingly a closed book, even to many Christians (p. 11)." The purpose of this devotional is to get people back to reading the Bible. Carson does this by modifying Robert Murracy M'Cheyne's system of reading the Bible. Carson has four sections to be read for the day of the devotion. Usually these sections are one chapter in length. The first two in italics are for family reading. The devotion of the day comes from one of the family's readings. The other two chapters are for private reading. If a person reads all four chapters including the devotion, he or she will read, "The New Testament and Psalms twice and the rest of the Bible once in a year. Dr. Carson's comments on one of the chapters in italics enlightens the reader on the biblical content of the passage with application for the reader. My wife and I found this service of Dr. Carson invaluable. This is only surpassed by the humbleness of Dr. Carson himself who writes in the introduction, "If you must skip something, skip this book; read the Bible instead (p. 13)." Dr. Carson in his many books as well as being the research professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinty School, wants nothing more than to bring others closer to God, His Word (the Bible), and His living Word, Jesus Christ. This devotional more than accomplishes that feat.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Other 'devotionals' suffer from being guided by the author in 'what they thought' and can get 'mushy'. Carson keeps our focus in and upon the text of the bible passage for the day, and allows the context of the passage to speak first, then allowing the reader to draw conclusions for application today. I can't wait to get to it everyday - not because it is 'Don Carson', but because it is the Bible, and Don is a great servant in helping me do that. Brilliant.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As stated on the dust jacket, this book will "open the Bible to anyone who wants to understand Scriptue in its text and the larger framework of God's kingdom," "know the God of the Bible," and "discover how He works in the world and the lives of those who love Him." To understand the Bible and know the God of the Bible requires regular and extensive reading of the Bible; and a little expert help to keep the general picture in view and navigate the more difficult places is a great advantage. D. A. Carson, of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, has supplied us with a great tool for growth in Biblical knowledge in his guide for daily reading entitled "For the Love of God." The guide employs the daily reading schedule developed by Robert Murray M'Cheyne (1813-1843), which divides the scriptures into four reading portions per day (two for family worship, two for private reading, morning and evening). By following M'Cheyne's schedule the reader will have completed the Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in one year. For each day, Carson has provided a brief, clear, and sound exposition of one or more of the readings. Tremendously helpful.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Paul on May 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been using Carson's book for my devotional material since February and have appreciated the author's mastery of the biblical text as well as his challenging applications for the Christian life. For the Love of God offers a refreshing change from the endless stream of superficial, biblically-barren devotional literature available on the market today.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By dr.jbird@juno.com on May 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have been using this devotional for about 5 months now and I have missed very few days! It is an incredible work indeed. Carson is a master at showing how the entire Bible fits together. The Lord will bless you greatly as Carson, along with the Spirit, open your eyes to eternal truth!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Stelzig on January 4, 2008
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In a day when "devotional" has come to mean lovely thoughts bearing little relationship to the biblical passage, this book challenges, encourages, and draws the reader into the text. Based on Robert Murray McCheyne's one-year reading plan, Carson brings to life one of the four passages read each day. I can't wait to get vol. 2,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry W Schrimsher on June 18, 2013
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Many people use this book as a devotional, but the author recommends using the devotional materials only as an adjunct to its reading plan. The reading plan is used to help you read the Bible in a more organized manner so that you come to understand it better, with an emphasis on understanding how the various parts of the Bible are related.

As a Bible teacher and retired pastor, I have used literally hundreds of commentaries and other Bible study aids, but this particular book is one of the top three that I would recommend as being most beneficial to serous students of the Bible. (I would define "serious student" as one who is strongly motivated to obtain a deep understanding of God's Word from the Bible itself, by reading and studying the Bible in depth, using commentaries as an aid rather than as a primary source.)

(If you like this book, you'll also like its companion volume - For the Love of God, Volume 2.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Worden on July 20, 2008
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D.A. Carson has not reinvented the wheel, but has reminded us of a reading plan from the 1800's that guides us through reading the Bible in one year (plus NT and Psalms a second time). His commentary is rich in gaining insight to the whole Bible. I am in ninth year of using this reading plan and only wish I had started 40 years ago.
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