Book Review: Good Daily Devotionals

There are several worthwhile daily devotionals, but some are better known than others. In this review I consider some tools that are excellent for encouraging one’s time with the Lord, but may be less familiar to some readers.

For organizational purposes I separate two categories: daily devotional calendars and daily devotional books.


Daily Devotional Calendars


  1. Choice Gleanings by various contributors (Gospel Folio Press): Brief, paragraph long meditations that include Scripture and sacred poetry. A variety of Christians write different types of devotionals – some are gospel oriented, while others exhort believers. Others succinctly teach a point of doctrine, while many others warm the heart. One valuable feature is that there is a daily Scripture reading plan included on every page, which enables one to systematically read through the Bible in a year. It is available in different formats, including a wall calendar, desk calendar, daily journal, and daily planner.
  2. The Lord Is Near (Bible Truth Publishers; available here): This offers one page long meditations – some by contemporary authors and others by departed gifts like J.N. Darby, C.H. Mackintosh, and William Kelly. Longer than Choice Gleanings pages, these well-written articles likewise offer some gospel-oriented and some believer-oriented thoughts.

    Daily Devotional Books


    1. The Continual Burnt Offering by H.A. Ironside (Walterick/Loizeaux; available here): Henry Allen Ironside is well known for his excellent commentaries on the Scriptures, as well as classics like Unless You Repent. This devotional offers short one-page devotionals for every day of the year. Many theological gems are contained within its pages.
    2. One Day At A Time by William MacDonald (Gospel Folio Press; available here): As with his outstanding Believer’s Bible Commentary, brother MacDonald offers well-written, Christocentric meditations in his customary understandable prose.
    3. The Day By Day series (Precious Seed Publications; available in Europe here and in North America here): From the publishers of the well-regarded Precious Seed magazine. In page-length meditations these books guide one through a Scriptural theme during the course of a year. Contributors are drawn from seasoned Bible teachers in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. Volumes in the series include:
      • Day By Day In Prayer
      • Day By Day: Christ Foreshadowed
      • Day By Day With Bible Characters
      • Day By Day In The Old Testament
      • Day By Day In the New Testament
      • Day By Day: Bible Commands
      • Day By Day: Moments With The Master
      • Day By Day: Bible Promises
      • Day By Day: Paradise To The Promised Land

      The newest one in the series is the recently published Day By Day: Christ And His Apostles. If you use the Logos Bible Software, some of these titles are available electronically: Link: Logos Day By Day Collection.

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    Gospel Folio Press Announces eBooks

    True Discipleship Gospel Folio PressRecently, on the Why We Web Blog, I gave 5 reasons why I believe the time has come to make the switch from traditional books to eBooks.

    Late yesterday afternoon I received an email from Gospel Folio Press announcing the availability of many of their titles in eBook format. Needless to say this came as very welcome news! Gospel Folio Press is a publisher of reliable Christian literature written by reliable authors. The list of GFP authors includes such names as William MacDonald, David Gooding, John Lennox, and T. Ernest Wilson.

    According to GFP’s email a selection of eBooks are already available in three different formats:

    This morning when I visited Amazon’s website to browse GFP’s Kindle titles I was amazed to find 118 of their titles listed. IMHO that is an impressive start and is a strong indication of GFP’s commitment to eBooks and the Kindle platform. While on Amazon’s site I purchased True Discipleship by William MacDonald. The process worked flawlessly and within a minute or two I was reading brother MacDonald’s excellent book.

    If you haven’t made the switch to eBooks yet, today you have one more reason to make the switch.


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