To the reader of the Bible, upon reading the New Testament it can seem perplexing why there are four books back-to-back (the Gospels) that all tell the same story. Different stories are repeated with only slight variation in quotation and it can all seem like just a story. This is where A Year With Jesus can be useful as much more than a simple yearly devotional guide. R.P. Nettelhorst takes the reader through a one-year journey that takes excerpts from both the words of Jesus and stories about Jesus from the Bible, and then turns them into a relational expository lesson that makes the teachings of Jesus easily accessible to any reader. But more than this, Nettelhorst through the pages of this devotional introduces the reader to The One who desires relationship with all who read His words.
At times deceivingly simplistic and at other times intimate, A Year With Jesus is an engaging read. Once you get into the habit of reading the daily entries, readers will be challenged to actually want to stop reading this book as each day furthers a "conversation" of insights of the most important Teacher of all time, Jesus. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a one-year study guide that will challenge them to grow, no matter what their station in life.
I received my copy of this book free from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, through their BookSneeze program for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, and I was not required to issue a positive review.