The book Faith ~ Joseph's Story (by Sandra Lea Hardage) is an absolute gem of a book. The first half of the book, chapters 1-9, tell the story of Joseph. Predating his birth, the author covers Joseph's family lineage and lays a solid foundation of his family's history. The second half of the book is a Bible study; a very thorough study, well-written without extra "fluff".
As I progressed through this book, I was struck by how Sandra brings Joseph's story to life in a vibrant way. While not adding anything to what the Bible says about his life, she draws details out of the Word that are easily missed in casual reading. I absolutely loved this book and the way she manages to pack so much into each chapter. As a homeschooling mother, I plan to use this as part of my children's daily Bible lessons. (And that's saying something, because I am pretty choosy about what I use in my homeschool!)
After I finished the first half of the book and started the Bible study, I found that I loved the book even more. I love a good Bible study, and THIS is a good Bible study. It takes you through Joseph's trials and his ever-increasing trust in his God and helps you apply God's Word to your own daily life.
While I'm not saying much specifically about the book Faith ~ Joseph's Story, that's only because his story is so well-known that I don't feel as if I need to write about that aspect of the book. And were I to share too many details about the book itself, I would take away the joy of finding out for yourself why I love this book.
At the same time that I have been reading this book, we have been learning about Joseph through our Sunday-morning sermons at our church. How terrific it's been to have this resource to enrich what I hear from the pulpit on Sundays! The combination has been a catalyst for growth and I see things about the God who was there for Joseph that have impacted my life, several thousand years later.
Faith ~ Joseph's Story is available for purchase online at Amazon.com for $12.10 (softcover). Hardcover is also available. To purchase, click HERE.
On my "Page Turner Scale" of 1 to 5, I gave this book a 5.
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Lord bless you as you continue to grow in your faith and trust in the Lord, much like Joseph.
Day 285 done :)
Jan L. Burt