really have favorites. He makes this conclusion from the fact that I have so many favorites. Which he says nullifies the idea of a fav-o-rite.
I understand his logic. I really do. But I still counter with the fact that he is my favorite Husband!
When it comes to the Bible though, I have maintained for many years that my favorite book of the Bible is Hebrews. I have not yet found a book of the Bible that I did not enjoy studying or reading. Each book as God's glorious written word, His redemptive plan towards man, His gift of Christ and the gospel--all of them are incredible in literary, spiritual and truthfully fulfilling sense.
But Hebrews....this book causes my soul to sing like no other. I run out of words to express why exactly. Part of the reason is how Hebrews is an amazing commentary on the Bible itself, like God's inner short notes on why He has done particular things, why He is still doing specific things, and how He will continue to exactly do all things.
Important stuff like that.
Hebrews is the most unique book to me in the Bible containing some of the sternest warnings and also the fullest assurances. I love how God takes the criticism of contradiction in His word and answers with the book of Hebrews. Amazing!
For my summer study, I decided to work on an in-depth study of Hebrews. I am using a book by Nancy Guthrie called Hoping for Something Better. I was privileged to hear Nancy Guthrie speak at a Women's Conference in January 2009. I had run across her story years back through a Time magazine article. Her experience with genetic illness and death of a child spoke to my heart. Reading her book Holding Onto Hope was a unique gift to me for providing new understanding of my personal grief regarding James.
I'll be blogging about what I'm learning through this study. If you do not have a Bible study to work through this summer, consider buying this book (no credits or commission come to me in any shape, fashion, form or bill denomination!) and studying Hebrews with me. Whether it is your favorite book of the Bible or not, reading through Hebrews is a life-changing gift.
Another unique aspect of Nancy's book is she has written questions at the back of the book for you to do before you read the chapters. IOW, she responsibly requires that you read actual Scripture and work through what God is saying before you read her comments. Now that is a woman of God right there. Pointing you to His word before her own.