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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (April 30, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433535939
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433535932
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You can almost feel the desert sand in your shoes as you read about the saints of old who walked by faith. Bloom writes short, memorable stories based on characters in the New Testament. With creativity and pastoral sensitivity, the author reminds us again and again that our faith is in the very same God who calms storms, forgives sins, and raises the dead.

I'm grateful for this meditation on the precious promise of God's provision to enable us to put one foot in front of the other as we walk with him by faith. I'll be re-reading this book often!
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The author, Jon Bloom, wrote a monthly for Desiring God. I often come across people that had every single letter that JB every wrote. Bloom has an exceptional gift of relating biblical stories with the ability to almost put you right into the scene, to hear the discussion or thinking, to watch the miracles, and to help us all realize that right now we do walk by faith and not by sight. One day the sight of our Christ will be bold and wonderful. Today, these selected letters from Bloom's collection will encourage just about anyone you know. Whether you are reading it devotionally, to a parent in a retirement center, or for your kids each letter brings up a fresh, bold question about the biblical story. It is worth owning and giving as a gift.
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This book is AWESOME. Every chapter is only three pages long (or so). So I like to read one every night before I turn out the light. If you ever struggle with doubt or faithlessness, this book will help. The accounts chosen are very relevant to our lives today and the points are made well. You won't have to think long and hard about the lessons you are to learn. They are obvious and instantly applicable. Plus, the writing is humorous at times and entertaining. I consider my nightly reading to be a "treat." I look forward to my daily dose of faith booster!
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This book was incredible. Real simple, yet stirs your heart and affections for Jesus unlike any other. Probably because it's based on so much scripture. Definitely a faith builder
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My husband has dementia. Every night before turning out the light I read one of these stories to him and he always says, "That was a good one." We're going through the book for the third time because the stories are so uplifting and nutritious food for thought when going to sleep.
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A fresh re-imagining of several narratives from the Bible. Some are merely an attempt to put the reader in the vicinity of the story. Others go a bit further, adding imaginative details on the thoughts and words of those we read about in the Scriptures. For example, how and why did Thomas get separated from the eleven, so that he was missing in John 20:24, and how did the reaction of the other disciples affect him when he next met them?

I adore this kind of imagination: thinking about things that might have happened, might have been said (always staying true to what's recorded in the text). It helps put even more flesh and blood on people who were eyewitnesses of the glory.
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I ordered this book because it was recommended by Ann Voskamp (author of One Thousand Gifts) in her blog. I haven't read the whole thing yet, because it's written in a way that encourages reading a short chapter a day, giving one time to ponder and pray over the inspirational thought in each chapter. I didn't give it the whole five stars, just because each day's inspirational thought is based on what MIGHT have been going on in the thinking of the biblical characters' situations, and of course there's no way to KNOW those things, they're only assumed. Nothing wrong with that, I guess--and the thoughts that he brings from his assumptions are insightful and practical.
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I love reading Jon Bloom's words and it surprises me it has taken so long to read this, his first book, even though it's been sitting on my bookshelf for a few years. Bloom takes stories from the Bible and writes a short imaginative vignette of the behind-the-scenes of what we don't get to read or "see" from the Bible. Whether it's Levi's surprise to being approached by Jesus to come "follow me", Peter walking on water, or Zacchaeus knocking on the door of someone whom he "repaid" what he'd taxed them, to mention three of the 35 stories, Bloom gives the reader a "fly on the wall" experience of the story.

Each story is no more than three pages, all reflect a theme relevant to us today, and the learning is easy to discern but sufficiently powerful that the lesson lingers with you during your day.

I recommend this book as it's easy and so enjoyable to read but stirs your heart to go deeper with Jesus.
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