Thursday, March 30

The Christian Book of Mystical Verse: A Book Review

I secretly love poetry. I even write it sometimes. Growing up, I attended a Mennonite middle and high school that had a chapel every day. We sang hymns from hymn books, and I absolutely loved how the hymn writers pieced their words and phrases together. When was the last time you picked up a hymnal? There is great theology in those songs.

The same can be true about the poems in this book, compiled by Tozer, of different writers throughout history. Don't let the term "mystic" scare you off! It has many connotations, but in this book it refers to a common spiritual experience that unites anyone who has fellowship with God. The poems are organized by themes (such as the nature of salvation, man's own sin, etc).

The language varies between poets and writers, because after all, many of the selections were written hundreds of years ago when the dialect was quite different than the slang we use today, using more formal wording that begs the reader to pay greater attention than if reading something written in today's time. I've been using this book in my daily devotional time to help transition my thinking to a deeper focus, and without a doubt, enjoying it immensely.

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge by Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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