Monday, February 10, 2014

"Prophet on the Run" by Baruch Maoz

Jonah was a prophet of God who learned a tough lesson about running from God. Spending time in the belly of a great fish and then being thrown up on shore made an immediate impression on him. Is there anything Christians can take from his life and apply to their own? Absolutely, and in this new devotional commentary, Baruch Maoz shows how.

Jonah was told by God to go to Ninevah and preach, and while he knew he couldn't hide or run from God, Jonah tried. The lessons he learned from those steps came at a steep price, but they did help change Jonah's direction. Christians, too, can have times that we want to run and hide. The way doesn't always contain things we want to do. But, step into this Bible study and learn lessons from Jonah's life that will help keep your footing on the right path. 

I love that this was originally preached in Israel! It brings more life to the words. The idea of a devotional commentary was an unexpected pleasure and I have truly enjoyed the study. If you are looking for a new look at Jonah, this book is for you. I recommend it to Christians everywhere. I received my review copy from Cross Focused Reviews for an honest review.

Other endorsements:
Baruch skillfully unpacks the text with careful attention to every important nuance. This is a clear and thorough exposition of Jonah, an extremely helpful resource for all students of Scripture—experts and beginners alike.
—Pastor John MacArthur
This book has eyes that see God’s glory in Scripture, and it has hands that grasp the deepest motives of our hearts. The story of Jonah becomes our story, and we are invited to change and grow.
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
I wondered if I would learn anything new or get new spiritual insights into Jonah. The answer is a resounding yes. Maoz understands the story of Jonah and he clearly applies its truths to the life of the church.
—John D. CurridCarl McMurray Professor of OT, Reformed Theological Seminary
Baruch has given the church a theologically astute and extremely practical commentary on Jonah. Written in an accessible and straightforward style it will appeal to readers. He makes the book of Jonah come alive in a way that will transform heart and mind.
—Tremper Longman IIIRobert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies, Westmont College

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