Stylos is the blog of Jeff Riddle, a Reformed Baptist Pastor in North Garden, Virginia. The title "Stylos" is the Greek word for pillar. In 1 Timothy 3:15 Paul urges his readers to consider "how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar (stylos) and ground of the truth."
Thursday, January 03, 2013
The Vision (1/3/13): Devotional Resources
We had a good discussion last Sunday after lunch at CRBC on Strategies for Family and Personal Devotions
in 2013.In the discussion I promised to
send out a list of devotional reading possibilities, as a supplement to regular
Bible reading.Here are a few suggestions:
devotions (with children):
& Diana Kleyne, Building on the Rock
Series (Christian Focus, 2003).
There are five books in the series.Each book has stories of shorter and longer
length with accompanying questions, scripture verses, and prayer points.
Hunkin (text) and Alan Parry (illustrations), Dangerous Journey (Eerdmans, 1985).
This is a picture book that offers a faithful adaptation of John
Bunyan’s classic Pilgrim’s Progress.
Tallach, God Made Them Great (Banner
of Truth, 1974) and They Shall Be Mine (Banner
of Truth, 1981).
These two books provide biographical sketches of various faithful
men and women from Christian history.
Ten Girls Who Changed the World
(Christian Focus, 2002) and Ten Boys Who
Changed the World (Christians Focus 2003).
These books also offer brief biographical sketches of various
Christian heroes.You can pick and
choose which to read.
Devotional Reading for Adults:
the Banner of Truth Puritan Paperback
This series offers shorter titles and selections (sometimes
abridged or modernized) from various Puritans.Good books to start with:Thomas
Watson, Repentance; Thomas Watson, All Things for Good; John Flavel, The Mystery of Providence; Ralph
Venning, The Sinfulness of Sin;
Richard Sibbes, The Bruised Reed.
Ryle, Holiness (first published in
1879; Evangelical Press, 1979).
This book offers a compelling collection of articles from the
Reformed and evangelical Anglican bishop on the topic of practical
Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour
(first published in 1655; Banner of Truth edition, 1991).
This is a Puritan classic on spiritual warfare.I recommend the three volume modernized and
abridged version published by Banner of Truth.Get volume one, read a few paragraphs each day, and be richly rewarded.
the Great Christian Classics series
from Grace Publications.
These are simplified and abridged versions of spiritual
classics.Start with Joseph Alleine’s Wake Up and Live (a version of An Alarm to the Unconverted) or John
Owen’s Gospel Church Government (a
version of The True Nature of a Gospel
Church).Note:I have an obvious bias for the latter
The Pilgrim’s Progress (various
There’s a reason it’s a classic.Get a cheap paperback copy (I recommend the version published by
Whitaker House, 1973, 1981).If it seems
too long, just commit to reading Part One
which covers Christian’s journey to the Celestial City.