I am in the midst of reading through a new book, Climbing with Abraham written by David Ramos. This is a thirty day devotional focused on the life of the patriarch used by God to begin a nation. The nation of Israel was brought forth from a man who never thought that he would have a child until the voice of God called him out.
Ramos’s devotional picks up in the end of Genesis 11. His first devotional caught me as he pointed out how Abraham’s story began before Abraham even was. Abraham’s story was and is bigger than him and so is ours. Ramos points out in this first devotion how God did not bless Abraham just for Abraham’s sake, but for the world’s. This was a perfect beginning for this thirty day devotional because it turns your heart away from “what can I get out this devotional” to “what can I learn through this devotional.”
Each devotional focuses on a specific point in Abraham’s journey. Ramos carries us through the life of Abraham from Genesis 11 to Genesis 25. The book’s final devotional takes us to the beautiful truths in Romans 4 concerning grace, faith, and salvation taught to us through the example of Abraham’s recorded life. This last devotional brings full circle the insightful take away point made in the first devotional, “My story is part of a much bigger story” (page 7).
This book is a short easy read from devotional to devotional. No more than five to ten minutes a day to cover each devotional and that’s if you choose to take the extra step to read the cited Scriptures that are used to write the chapter (which I highly recommend by the way). Not to mention it’s only $0.99 on Kindle and less than $5.00 for the paperback! The paperback would be a great stocking stuffer or dirty santa gift for this coming Christmas season.