Review: Come to the Waters

prpbooks-images-covers-md-9781629953366James Montgomery Boice (1938-2000) was the Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia for over thirty years. A notable Reformed thinker, the life and ministry of Boice has been influential and far-reaching in America Evangelicalism and beyond. Boice was a prominent protector of biblical inerrancy and the authority of Scripture, and his literary output continues to serve pastors and students. Boice is known for his lucid writing style, Reformed conviction, and gospel-driven application. Thus, the idea of having the ‘best of Boice’ presented as a daily devotional should be considered attractive to many.

Come to the Waters: Daily Bible Devotions for Spiritual Refreshment gathers together the finest expositional excerpts of James Montgomery Boice in short, palatable single-page readings. The title of the book is drawn from a hymn written by Boice in partnership with Paul Jones, which is included following the devotional. The compilation work of D. Marion Clark, Come to the Waters is organized both chronologically and canonically. That is, the reader is guided each day, from January to December, through the whole Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. Clark also included a Scripture index and a topical index for further reader adaptability.

To be completely honest, I’ve never been much of an enthusiast for the use of daily devotionals. Nothing against them. I just never really found them to be very helpful. That said, I’ve been an enthusiast of James Montgomery Boice since I initially discovered his 4-volume commentary on Romans several years ago. I’ve since read many more Boice books, including a number of his expositional commentaries. So, while Come to the Waters is a daily devotional, I can but help be excited about the opportunity to engage with Boice on a daily basis. My use of the volume was primarily through the topical index, which is extremely helpful and useful for reference. Still, I’m confident that any way that a reader chooses to interact with this book, the result will be the same—a better understanding and a deeper passion for Christ.

Come to the Waters: Daily Bible Devotions for Spiritual Refreshment by James Montgomery Boice is a devotional I can’t help but recommend. I am grateful for the work of D. Marion Clark in bringing this volume together and look forward to using it often.


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