A roundup of resources that draw us to meditation on Biblical truth.
The Heart of a Servant Leader and Saving Grace by Jack Miller
Jack Miller was a servant-hearted leader who consistently pointed others to the strength of Christ. A seminary professor, pastor, missionary, he was no stranger to hardships, which made him an excellent companion to walk his readers through their own trials of faith. These letters are a spiritual feast.
Compiled from the sermons, teachings and writings of Jack Miller, this is a devotional that blesses with each reading. My most highlighted and gifted devotional.
Voices From the Past Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 compiled by Richard Rushing
Scholar Richard Rushing spent more than a decade compiling these devotional writings from great Puritan thinkers like Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Steven Charnock, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, Samuel Rutherford, Richard Sibbes and many others. I’ve worked through each volume a few times and always find fresh, deep, provocative reflections.
The Promises of God and Morning and Evening by C.H. Spurgeon
Spurgeon was a master at balancing his sophisticated knowledge of the Scriptures with a warm pastoral heart. His daily readings from various verses throughout the Scriptures are always practical and gospel-saturated. The Promises of God were previously published as The Checkbook of Faith and encourage readers to trust more fully in the promises of God.
God’s Wisdom for Navigating Your Life and The Songs of Jesus by Tim Keller
Keller is one of the great thinkers and writers of the our time. In these devotional resoruces, he takes us through the Proverbs and Psalms and teaches readers to both meditate on the Scriptures and properly apply them to our lives. Time with these will proved to be time well spent.
The Letters of Samuel Rutherford
Samuel Rutherford was a Scottish pastor who lived in the 17th century. A significant part of his ministry included writing letters to those under his care. In these letters, Rutherford encouraged his people by calling them to take comfort in Christ. Rutherford was uniquely qualified to comfort the afflicted as he lost his beloved wife only two years into their marriage. Spurgeon wrote of these letters, “When we are dead and gone let the world know that Spurgeon held Rutherford’s Letters to be the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men.”
Memoir & Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne
Robert Murray M’Cheyne was a Scottish minister in the 19th century. He ministered faithfully for eight years and then died of typhus at age 29. His memoirs were published by his close friend and college companion, Andrew Bonar. Spurgeon said of this volume “This is one of the best and most profitable volumes ever published. The memoir of such a man ought surely to be in the hands of every Christian, and certainly every preacher of the Gospel.”
Select Letters of John Newton
I discovered the letters of John Newton when Tim Keller put them on his 2008 Summer Reading List. As Keller put it, “These letters are classics of spirituality and devotion.” This famous slave trader upon his conversion, became a poweful minister of the gospel who would write the beloved hymn, “Amazing Grace.” These letters are worth reading and rereading.
The Valley of Vision
An excellent collection of Puritan prayers which capture the tenacity with which these pastors and thinkers pursued their personal faith and stired hearts. Similar to the Psalms, these prayers will add vocabulary to your prayer life. If growing in prayer is your aim, then The Valley of Vision must become regular part of your repertoire.
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2 thoughts on “Recommended Devotionals for 2023”
Good call on Spurgeon, Chambers and Lewis!
Also, since I have a lot of respect for Rutherford as a thinker and author, I’m definitely going to have to check out The Loveliness of Christ. (Another great book of his, though more politically focused, is Lex Rex – http://www.lonang.com/exlibris/rutherford/)
Thanks for sharing Andrew!
I was scrolling to the bottom thinking “Valley of Vision HAS to be on here; if it isn’t, I’m going to have to tell him where it’s at,” and then there it was. Isn’t it absolutely delicious? Now I’m going to have to check out Voices from the Past. That sounds equally good.
Did you know that Spurgeon also has an Evening by Evening devotional? I picked one up at a church bookstore in London several years ago, and it’s just as good as Morning by Morning. The focus is more on comfort and reassurance in the Christian life—definitely more calming and conducive to a good night’s rest than Morn. by Morn. : )