ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

ESV Men's Devotional BibleESV Men’s Devotional Bible. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2015. 1616 pp. $34.99. Purchase at Westminster Book for less or on Kindle for under $10.00.

Introduction

From the dust jacket:

Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life. The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.

With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders. Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God. Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.

The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truth of God’s Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.

Summary/Review

Sam Storms serves as the general editor of this devotional Bible. The primary difference between this particular Bible and a Bible with only the text is the daily devotionals interspersed throughout the text.

I have reviewed a few of Crossway’s various ESV Bibles and have found them all to be worthwhile resources in addition to the actual text of the Bible. What sets this Bible apart from others is that it is not a study Bible. Rather, it is the complete text of the Bible that includes a daily devotional that is rooted in the surrounding text.

In other words, instead of having two books on your nightstand or desk (one a Bible and the other a devotional), you have only one that includes both. Furthermore, instead of most devotionals that are based on a phrase or two of Scripture followed by a page of the devotional writer’s meditation, these devotionals are based on chapters or large sections of Scripture and are obviously meant to be a servant to the text rather than the replacing of the Word of God. This is an important distinction that I fear is often lost in today’s publishing world of numerous devotionals.

There are two elements that would have made the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible absolutely perfect. First, a simply yearly reading plan to follow. While these are readily found almost anywhere these days, there is not one included in this particular Bible.

Second, and this could have been accomplished with or without the reading plan, would have been to include the devotionals within the context of a daily reading plan. I realize, however, that this would have been difficult given the layout of the daily devotionals as near the featured text as possible. In other words, not every devotional will be in conjunction with the day’s reading according to even a generic canonical reading plan.

Recommendation

Regardless of the two “negatives” this is one of the best devotionals I have come across. It serves the purpose of getting the Bible in the hands of men while engaging them with problems and biblical truths that are needed in today’s culture seemingly more than ever.

I highly recommend the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible to all men as it will afford them the opportunity to learn from godly men on a daily basis.