Note: This is not a free review copy. I have purchased this from my own money.
Sam Storms is a charismatic Reformed Christian. This book contains what its title says in the brackets pretty much. After a long introduction Storms jumps into these meditations. Each meditation is about 3-5 pages in length, although these pages contain somewhat more words than usual paperback books. I would say you can easily read and understand each in about 6-10 minutes. Storms provides ample cultural and historic information that heighten the understanding. These informations are highly relevant to the verses in question. These interpretations certainly give you a new look at them. At times when interpretation is difficult Storms explains the major known interpretations and then he usually picks the one he thinks is the right one and expounds that further. It provides a good amount of practical knowledge, and the author emphasizes well those parts.
I loved this book very much. There are several reasons for that. First of all it’s very Christ-centered and thus glorifies God highly. Also in this case the short explanation of the historical and cultural background made me see certain verses in a way that I have never seen before. We all know that there is nothing is the Bible that’s not written there on purpose, but when we recognize that purpose, that’s really an ‘Aha’ moment. There were plenty of that in this book. Also there is great practical knowledge which the author emphasizes so that it doesn’t get lost in the ‘clutter’ of other pieces of knowledge. There were some cases though (at least 3 or 4) when Storms listed the different opportunities of interpretation and chose to stick to one, but the Holy Spirit gave me a revelation that one of the other interpretations was correct. Those moments were weird if I can call them that. Also there were a few clear theological mistakes (in the introduction too) such as: Israel is no longer God’s people and some other non-sense which Storms should know better. These problems however probably make up a maximum of 5% of the whole book, and in spite of all that I learned so much and plan to read this one again once at least.
I recommend this to everyone who wants to have a greater understanding of the seven churches and also to those who want to understand revelation better. Also I highly recommend it to every Christian. This book is one which might not interest you looking at the title or when you start to read it, but after you are through the first 3-5 meditations you will not be able to stop!
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