Gregory T. Brown
on June 15, 2016 :
Joel is a book with a relevant message for today. The southern kingdom of Judah rebelled against God, and therefore, God judged them with a plague of locus. However, God promises that if they repent, he will restore them. Joel 2:25 says, “I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten-- the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm -- my great army that I sent among you.” No doubt, this is also a promise for us nationally, locally, and individually. God desires to restore what has been lost as a consequence of sin.
Alice Williams teaches these truths in her book “Lessons from Joel: Discovering a God of Second Chances.” Like the book of Joel, “Lessons from Joel” is short and rich. The chapters are broken down into consecutive, bite-sized, sections of verses from Joel. For each section, Alice gives commentary including background information, the meaning, and applications. One of the things I enjoyed most is that when there were divergent views on a text, Alice presented the various sides without going into the minutiae of the arguments. This alerts and prompts the reader to do more research if interested. It also makes the reading more devotional than academic, which I prefer.
Alice is a sister that loves God’s Word dearly and seeks to share it with all. She faithfully blogs at walkingintheword.com and “Lessons from Joel” is a fruit of that ministry. I recommend checking out her book and her blog—you’ll enjoy them both.
(review of free book)
on Jan. 31, 2016 :
Joel is a short book but often difficult to dig into. The book is immersed in its own history and it can be a challenge to pull out applicable insights. Author Alice William does an excellent job of bridging that gap and making available the fruit present in Joel.
The book dives into 7 distinct points, ranging from disobedience to blessing in the book of Joel. My favorite part of this book is how she ties these theme together across Scripture – using Joel as her starting point and wrangling in relevant insights from both the Old and New Testaments.
Alice takes her time with the verses in questions and produces a book that is well worth the reader’s time.
(review of free book)