I’m all for devotional books, especially when a book encourages people to read the Bible. Recognizing that some men have a difficult time reading anything, let alone the Bible, Stuart Briscoe developed a book with 365 daily readings which reference scripture and tell a personal story.
I’ve owned Briscoe’s book for several years now and pick it up from time to time, finding that when I do it helps me in my walk with the Lord. Prior to receiving this book as a gift from my wife, I stuck with a handful of devotionals and allegories including Hinds Feet On High Places and Pilgrim’s Progress in addition to my regular Bible reading. As a writer, I appreciate good work and Briscoe’s book is certainly one that I can personally recommend.
Briscoe wrote the book strictly for men and that is okay. Ladies have the lion’s (lioness‘ ?) share of the devotional market with very few books dedicated to helping men.
Briscoe hails from England, having served as a banker there before taking over as Senior Pastor of non-denominational Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI in 1970, continuing in this position until 2000. In 1971, Briscoe founded Telling The Truth, a daily radio program and teaching ministry. Briscoe, who is about 80 years old, remains busy about his Father’s business, ministering with his wife, Jill, and their son, Peter.
Each reading found in The One Year Book of Devotions for Men is brief, but meaty, containing approximately 500 words of topical study. Issues addressed cover the full range of Biblical and personal topics including: repentance, conflict, habits, work, sin, limitations, and more. Every page features a specific date to read the story, followed by a related Bible reading, specific Biblical text, and Briscoe’s teaching.
In the back of the devotional is a section for scripture reference, a topical index, and a CD which can be popped in the computer for study — a great option for guys who prefer to do their devotions with their laptop.
Published in 2000, The One Year Book of Devotions for Men is still in print and should be available through your Christian bookstore or online at Amazon.com. Clearly, this is one devotional worth having, making for a nice gift for the God-seeking guy in your life.