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Jesus, The Treasure of Heaven: A Devotional For Any Season

From familiar people in the Bible like Adam and Moses, to less familiar people like Kore and Maher-shalal-hash-baz, along with places and things; this unique, easy-to-read, and easy-to-understand, Christian daily devotional links the gospel of Jesus to the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.  This is a clear and concise, 15 week, morning and evening, daily devotional that features 210 people, places, and things in the Bible that all link to Jesus.

In 15 weeks of twice-daily scripture and insights designed to suit any season, Henning’s uplifting devotionals center the foundational belief promised by the title: that Jesus is a treasure and gift who offers “hope for us to receive a resurrected, spiritual body” suitable “for eternal habitation with holy God.” In classic devotional format, each page-long entry offers a Bible verse or two and then fresh, inviting text explicating the verses and connecting them to contemporary life and concerns, sometimes with context from outside sources. A Saturday morning entry headed “Moses,” for example, quotes the Gospel of John to kick off a brief discussion of God’s law and the old and new covenants, building to a clarifying rhyme from John Bunyan.

Despite varied topics and wide-ranging scriptural inspiration, though, Henning’s clear, engaging devotionals always return to that idea of Jesus as treasure, creating a strong sense of cohesion and continuity. Whether discussing the five different types of sacrifices given to God, the comfort and trust Mary Magdalene felt for Jesus, or the resurrection of Lazarus, the short essays are written with warmth and grace, crafted to welcome and nourish readers. Most entries build to a joyous declaration: “When you sin, repent and be restored to God, he is faithful to forgive,” Henning writes, after a consideration of Uriah the Hittite, the first husband of Bathsheba.

An entry focused on Uriah offers a sense of Henning’s range of inspirations, as she plunges deep within both testaments to reflect upon surprising figures like an Ethiopian eunuch from Acts, or Achsah, the daughter of Caleb, whose inheritance of land (told of in Joshua) launches a discussion of a larger inheritance, that of the kingdom of heaven for God’s believers. Throughout, Henning balances the familiar with the less well known, broadening her readers’ command of biblical figures while always connecting each reading to her heartening throughline.

Takeaway: Clear, encouraging Christian devotionals applicable to any season.

Great for fans of: Sarah Young’s Jesus Listens, J.I. Packer’s Knowing God Through the Year.

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