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66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story


26th June 2013 Christian Books 52 Comments

The story of God written in intimate love letters just for you.

Dr. Larry Crabb knows that if we could see the larger story of God and humanity, our world would never be the same. That story is found in large part in the sixty-six letters of the Bible.

Written in a conversational first person, as if God is speaking directly to us, Dr. Crabb looks at each individual book in scripture and offers a fresh, relational look at the book’s message. He then unpacks each message in a short chapter answering the question, What does God want me to hear from this love letter? The book’s epilogue then fits all sixty-six pieces of the jigsaw puzzle together into one coherent story, in sixty-six paragraphs, revealing the beautiful picture of what God has been about since the creation of the world. Far from being comprehensive, this is a personal approach to helping readers know God and His great love for them, His message for all mankind, and how their lives fit into His larger story.


66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story










  • 52 responses to "66 Love Letters: A Conversation with God That Invites You into His Story"

  • Dee Francis
    4:20 on June 26th, 2013
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    In this book I found Dr. Crabb’s approach and style of writing to be unique and easy to read and follow. His approach to explaining God’s message through each book of the Bible was stimulating to my study. The conversational approach might have been limited but it still was a refreshing approach to each book of the Bible. I also found nuggets that were relevant to the current situations of mankind giving credibility to my own observations about how there is a difference in what God wants us to know and how we interpret what he says. This book will be a great asset to my study library. I have recommended “66 Love Letters” to many of my friends.

  • Michael S S
    6:01 on June 26th, 2013
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    This 40-day devotion contains excerpts from 66 Love Letters by Dr. Larry Crabb. The book is an easy read with its short daily entries, but it is more than a “feel-good” devotional book. Aside from the Scripture references, devotion entry and prayers, this book has thought-provoking questions to make the reader think about who God is and what He wants for our lives. It delves into God’s desire for each one of us to have a deeper relationship with Him by using the trials and difficulties of our lives to form us in the image of His Son. It’s convicting and challenging, but shows that a relationship with God is greater than anything that is happening in our lives. The book’s repeated theme is that God loves us, He wants to bless us with joy and hope, He never gives up on us and He is more concerned about our holiness and purification than our happiness. “God’s Love Letters to You” is a must have for all Christians seeking a more intimate relationship with God.

  • No time flat
    6:13 on June 26th, 2013
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    This book has helped me and my family. We all have a copy. I am rereading the book for the 2nd time in a group setting. I feel this book has rooted me in the word of God and I will be reading it for years to come over and over again. I learn something new every time as I am a new creation every time I read it. It is like an onion and the layers are peeling away and I am able to see and learn more about our amazing God.

  • Somone
    7:39 on June 26th, 2013
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    66 Love Letters…

    Writing a quick review of Larry Crabb’s latest book is like being asked to enjoy a ten course gourmet meal and then share your experience 15 minutes after the meal begins! 66 Love Letters is not a drive-thru meal. It is a culinary delight that is best savoured over time…a long time.
    66 Love Letters was written to be an experiential companion to help you navigate through the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. After spending three years walking and wrestling his own way through the Bible, Dr. Crabb attempts to distill what is the central message of each of God’s 66 love letters. He also tries to show how each individual message is part of the big picture of scriptures.
    Each short chapter tries to answer this question: In a sentence or two, what is God trying to say to me in the book of Obadiah (or Psalms, or Colossians etc.)? Larry Crabb does this by using a dialogue between himself and God. The questions and concerns that he “talks” to God about are very real and honest. In typical fashion, Crabb does not give trite, easy answers. He asks many of those tough questions that we never verbalize because we think that it isn’t safe without lightning insurance!
    God wants to be known and He wants to reveal Himself through the 66 Love Letters of the Bible. If you are longing to hear the voice of God speaking through the often confusing and intimidating scriptures, 66 Love Letters might be the companion that you need. Dr. Crabb’s book is not the meal that will satisfy you. But this 394 page book can be the hostess who assists you in finding your table and who helps you appreciated and enjoy the life giving, banquet feast of God’s written word.
    Bon Appetite!

  • Schnooky
    8:03 on June 26th, 2013
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    First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Larry Crabb and his publisher for sending me a copy of “66 Love Letters” to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, and I am trying to improve at being consistent in taking the time to thank these wonderfully giving individuals in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

    “66 Love Letters” by Dr. Larry Crabb is an incredible work of non-fiction. This wonderfully enlightening book is written as the author’s response to each book of the Bible. Each chapter speaks to a different book of the Bible in chronological order and contains an overview of the book. It shows how each book relates to the other books especially within its genre (i.e. wisdom books). The message that God is trying to get across to His people is a major part of each chapter’s synopsis. Dr. Crabb also includes poignant stories that provide good life application.

    This book would be a wonderful way to get an overall understanding of a Bible book prior to reading it during quiet time or study. “66 Love Letters” is like a strainer that has the potential to help the reader get the most out of his scripture reading. This is one terrific book that I will refer to again and again for years to come.

  • teqndzndawm
    9:01 on June 26th, 2013
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    From God to You: 66 Love Letters:A Conversation with God that Invites you into His Story by Dr. Larry Crabb arrived a few months ago in my mailbox.

    I was rather excited to see this book because I had anticipated the volumes of which this book would speak to me. I was going to finally understand a little better from Gods point of view each book of the Bible and maybe understand my life a little better.

    From the back of the book…

    In 66 Love Letters Larry Crabb offers a fresh, relational look at Scripture:

    “When you finish reading my first love letter to you, I want you to realize that I never underestimated how thoroughly you’d mess up your life or how painfully you would struggle and suffer, and I don’t want you to underestimate your failures or struggles either. They’re all part of the story I’m telling.

    “But neither have I underestimated my determination or ability to enter the mess you’ve made and the pain you feel and turn everything around. I can, and I will, make everything good again. Never underestimate me.”

    The book seemed so inviting, so ready to answer all my questions and yet I couldn’t finish the book. I picked the book up time and time again. I tried to read through the book as one should starting at the beginning but without avail the book began to burden me.

    The book was more like a question and answer session rather than a format for reading for pleasure. The format for me was a hindrance rather than an easy read.

    I am not saying the content wasn’t good because what I did read was not mind blowing but it was rich. Dr. Larry Crabb spent a great deal of time and put forth so much effort for others to benefit from this book. However, I am not the majority who can read this book and follow in it’s formatting.

    I would love to say that this was a wonderful, enriching, enlightening and all around great book but I can not say that with complete honesty. I have put this review off for months because I did not think it was fair to the author but try as I might I can not get myself to read through this book.

    Maybe your experience will be better and someone out there can give a complete review on the book in its entirety, however, I am unable to give a complete review on the entirety of the books content because I simply could not get into the format of this book.

  • Paul Bursey
    10:37 on June 26th, 2013
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    God’s Love Letters to You by Dr. Larry Crab
    This 40 day devotional is inspirational and comforting.
    It starts with a key verse, Dr. Larry Crab then writes a small segment pertaining to that verse and how it explains God’s love for us from God’s point of view. He has a mall segment called, “Take a Moment to Reflet”. Here he gives you some readings, some thought provoking questions and questions of understanding God’s love for us. His last segment is, “Take a Moment to Pray.” Here he provides a lead prayer for you to repeat, you can always talk to God more, but these prayers tend to help when you don’t know what to say or if you need help getting started praying.
    This book demonstrates God’s love for us in many different ways, be it through his comfort, his understanding, his compassion, his mercy, his grace, his discipline, etc. God loves us and wants the best for us. This devotional points out in a brief straight forward manner, what those things are that he wants for us and shows us through the many paths of his love.

    Disclaimer: To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I am disclosing that BookSneeze? provided me a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • MTS Converter
    10:56 on June 26th, 2013
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    I can’t think of how many different devotionals I have purchase over the years. I have purchased devotionals for couples for my wife and I to do. I have purchased devotionals for husband. I have purchased devotionals for fathers and devotionals for fathers to do with their children. I start off reading each one with the mindset that as a result of reading it, I will be gain a better understanding of the bible and learn some life lessons on the way. I get really excited. And then….I start to read them. I guess I’m not sure what I’m looking for, but I can just never fine a devotional that fits me and where I currently am in my journey.
    I really wanted “God’s Love Letters to You” to be the devotional that made the difference for me in my devotional search….but it wasn’t. The book is set up with a title page for each devotional about the topic and then also a scripture to go along with it. The next page is the devotional reading. These are written from God’s perspective. Some of “God’s” love letters are a little blunt and to the point….they could almost be called God’s “Tough love” love letters. With that in mind, some don’t seem very uplifting which is something I would expect in a love letter from God. The next page are some thought provoking questions and a prayer. I’m reading an ebook version and I don’t see anywhere that I could take some notes following each question if I wanted to, but that might be a good spot to put some space for writing responses to the questions.
    So my two biggest gripes about the book (which is okay….there are just ones I probably like better) are I need God to me more uplifting in his love letters to me and the questions need some spaces to be able to write responses (so I don’t have to keep a separate journal). Still in the hunt for the perfect devotional for me.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze?.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Kathy Hildebrand
    12:40 on June 26th, 2013
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    Dr. Larry Crabb does not disappoint in his book titled `God’s Love Letters to You.’ Admittedly, I did not read this book over forty days. I read the book in a couple of days, I couldn’t help myself! The scriptures and teachings are so powerful! I jotted down several inspirational lines from this book, but here are some of the most beautiful ones:

    “God says: You want me to solve your problems, but you don’t know what your worse problem is, the one responsible for all the others. You don’t yet realize that distance from Me is the most lethal problem you have. When the first thing (namely Me) is in first place in your life, every second thing will be taken care of.”

    “If I exist, if I am good, if My story is loving and my plan is on course, My spirit will speak into the deep place in your heart that only terrifying doubt renders accessible. And in that place I will anchor you in hope.”

    Wow! This brought so much light to my eyes. As individuals and as a whole, we need to realize that God should be our first love, all other things come after that. This book highlights many of those important points that we all need to be reminded of everyone once in awhile. You will not be disappointed!

    I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

  • Joe S.
    13:12 on June 26th, 2013
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    A great book to give you the big picture. Crabb makes it easy to grasp the storyline of the Bible but in a much smaller book.

    Written in a conversational tone, he asks God why He wrote each book of the Bible. Each letter is summarized in context, but also made applicable to our own time. Crabb has a way of getting to the heart of the matter, asking the right questions and giving the answers that aren’t always comfortable, but are biblical and helpful.

    Read it straight through, or take it one letter at a time as you read through the corresponding letter in your own Bible. You won’t be disappointed by this book either way. I received this book from Thomas Nelson and blogged about it on my own site.

  • theduder
    14:56 on June 26th, 2013
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    This book is an excellent idea and is well-written. It summarizes each book of the Bible as far as its purpose, intent and what it says to us, individually. However, I feel it would be more enlightening and helpful if Dr. Crabb would expand each summary to more than just a paragraph or two.

  • Supafly
    16:20 on June 26th, 2013
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    Hello All,
    It has been sometime since I have truly enjoyed a daily devotional until now!! This devotional is a journey from Genesis to Revelation and it is fantastic!! This will take you into places and put thoughts before you that will have you wanting more! The letter’s are touching and for me at times they were what I needed that day!! You will fall in love even more with our LORD, HE is so amazing!!!
    This is a keeper and I will be using it more!!!
    Blessings!!

  • Rugers
    17:27 on June 26th, 2013
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    If you didn’t have a hunger for absorbing God’s Word before you read this, you will when you finish it. Actually you will from about the time you read the first few pages. The book provides simple, plainspoken explanations of each book of the bible, piecing them together so that we see them individually and as a whole. By the end, you have a great starting place for what God wants to say to you through his Scripture. I believe the book would be valuable to any Christian, but I especially think it would be a good challenge for a young Christian. Sometimes as a Christian its hard to see why God does certain things, but this book serves as a reminder that God always has a purpose for everything He does. And his plans always include us, His children! It’s something to get excited about!

    Shirley

    Please note that I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. I was not required to write a positive review.

  • Missed One
    19:24 on June 26th, 2013
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    Sometimes it’s hard to connect with the Scriptures. The stories seem disconnected and even random. Some of the passages appear downright boring and dry. Does it really matter who begat who and which ritualistic laws the Israelites followed thousands of years ago?

    Dr. Larry Crabb believes the Bible is alive and active today and bursting at the seams with the story of God’s love for humanity. In his latest book, 66 LOVE LETTERS, he writes, “Most Christians don’t know the Bible well. Many wish they did. But not everyone is convinced they need to know it. Inspiring music, some biblical tips for living, a few interesting Christian books, and occasional serious study are too often seen as sufficient for living the Christian life.”

    Troubled by how many believers seem to bypass the Bible and diminish the importance of knowing its content, Crabb decided to look at each book of the Bible individually. He began to visualize each book as a love letter from God to him, a “fickle friend, cheating spouse, (and) spoiled child.” Crabb chose to format 66 LOVE LETTERS in an unusual way. After reading each book, he writes down an open conversation that he has with God. “Love Letter One: Genesis” begins by Crabb asking, “God, what are You saying to me in Your first love letter, Genesis?” Then, he records God’s reply: “What I’m saying and what I want you to hear is this: You’ve made a mess but I have a plan!”

    God continues explaining, and along the way Crabb interjects questions, doubts and clarifications. He is brutally honest with his struggles and with God’s explanation. The Genesis chapter ends with Crabb admitting, “God, I’m not really all that warmed by Your first love letter though the promise of restored beauty does stir something deep. I think I need to read more. Thanks for listening.” God responds, “I always listen. And I’ll never turn away from you. Yes, keep reading.”

    The tone of the writing often resembles THE SHACK in that God is given extended dialogue. The strength of this format is that it’s a fresh approach at looking at the big picture of the Biblical story. It allows readers to grasp the crimson ribbon of love that runs throughout the Old Testament and the New. Crabb’s honesty reveals moments of strength, doubt and transformation. The format’s weakness is that sometimes the dialogue between Crabb and God seems forced or unrealistic. Occasionally, God becomes teachy and/or preachy, and His dialogue is so forced that it really doesn’t sound like God at all.

    One portion reads, “You are more Ptolemaic than Copernican. Claudius Ptolemy, a first-century astronomer, thought the sun revolved around the earth. You naturally assume My agenda revolves around yours. Sixteen centuries later, Nicholas Copernicus realized the earth revolves around the sun. It takes a long time to understand that I am not here for you, but that you are here for Me.”

    While the point being made is solid, the way that it’s expressed sounds far more like a history teacher than God speaking. Despite such unrealistic moments, 66 LOVE LETTERS is a rich resource for those who want to explore the grand story of God’s love for us. Recommended as a devotional or accompanying resource for daily study.

    — Reviewed by Margaret Oines

  • Talia
    21:17 on June 26th, 2013
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    Larry starts with the premise that God’s Word is a “love letter” to His children. From this perspective, he condenses the message of each book of the Bible as if it is message from God to us. He begins each book of Scripture with a “what God wants us to know” section. This book is a powerful means for us to understand the entire message and the different themes of the Bible. The book’s purpose is not to be source for reference, but as a source of inspiration; a book that encourages us to understand just how personal a God we have. The book ends with a 66-paragraph composite of the entire message of the Bible; quite a feat. I highly recommend this book since I have learned at a much deeper level how great and loving God is!

  • Konta Slice
    22:19 on June 26th, 2013
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    Speechless. That was the one word that came to mind as I cracked open this book for the very first time. I am not often without words especially when presented with hundreds of thousands of words awaiting my review.

    This book packed a powerful punch from Genesis through Revelations in a way which only Scholar Dr. Larry Crabb would be capable of delivering. Personal, direct and Scripture laden, this book exuded love and faith all rolled into one.

    This would be the one book (besides your Bible) that you would pack in your overnight bag. The one book that you would sneak out to your car in the black of night to retrieve before turning the light out “just because you wanted to read one more page before getting your zzzzs”. The one book you would buy several copies of even before recognizing to give as a gift.

    What made this book truly special was the very direct way in which the author whispered Truth to the reader. The format was simple. There was a short devo, then a Take A Moment to Reflect section followed by Take A Moment To Pray. Concisely written but powerful this was a book that I shall not forget.

    Clearly the Lord was glorified in God’s Love Letters to You. He know doubt sang over the author (at the top of his “lungs”) – Zephaniah 3:17. A party broke out in Heaven when this book landed on bookshelves around the world.

    Throughout the book, I was challenged to pursue a more personal relationship with God. The back cover confirmed this was the intended goal of the book as it stated,

    Dear (your name here),
    I love you.
    Love, God.

    Though I obviously reviewed this book in less than 40 days (the author’s stated timeframe for this annointed devotional-style book) I was blessed beyond belief to read it in several sittings. I no doubt will pick it up again and again. I also intend to purchase many copies for people I know and may meet. I will keep a copy in my car, in my house, in my favorite lounge chair outside. I will enjoy this book for many years to come. ‘

    Thank you Dr. Crabb for a book of love letters that truly enabled me to connect with God in a way I had almost forgotten existed! God’s love will never let us down. God’s love is endless….His love letters (the Bible) the best letters one could hope to read. Get your copy today. Someone may just ask you if you fell in love cause you will not be easily able to wipe that smile off your face!

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • GeorgeLawin
    0:23 on June 27th, 2013
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    This book is a 40-Day Devotional Experience. It is a companion to another book by Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters. The devotional uses 40 different books from the Bible. Each day begins with a devotional title relating to the book of the Bible being referenced. A scripture is printed and then a “letter” written as though God is speaking to the reader is presented followed by 3 questions and a follow up prayer.

    A simple devotion with a powerful impact. If I had to give a one sentence review, that would be it. Each day there was something worthwhile in either the letter, the scripture, the questions or the prayer that resonated with me and what I was experiencing at that point. Sometimes I felt like I would have understood and took away more from the questions if I had the 66 Love Letters companion book on hand. I felt like the questions were disconnected a bit from the letter and hope that perhaps a recommendation that the reader using this devotional takes the time to read the 66 Love Letters book, which I have not read, will bring some clarity.

    Overall, I have taken 3 major things from reading this devotional:
    1. I have gotten back into the habit of reading messages from God through non-fiction Christian writings each day. I hope to continue this as I have other devotional books that I haven’t read yet and am eager to have a daily reading.
    2. God is with me every day, no matter what. I had some ups and downs through the 40 days, really, who doesn’t have some ups and downs in any given 40 day period. I felt that the letters each day gave me something tangible to take away and told me that I was not alone and that God was on my side cheering for His victory to be found through me.
    3. When reading non-fiction Christian writings, I don’t have to agree 100% with every written letter, but I do have to open myself to God and He will show me what I need to hear.

    I would recommend this to any man/woman looking to further their faith walk through a daily devotional experience. I would caution that you may get more from the experience by reading the 66 Love Letters book in addition to the devotional.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze?.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • rhino
    2:06 on June 27th, 2013
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    In his book God’s Love Letters to You, Larry Crabb summarizes forty books of the Bible with a short letter written from the perspective of God. Based off of his book 66 Love Letters, this book is a bite-size word from the Lord packed with meaning and truth in each sentence. Following the short synopsis of each book in letter form, he provides a few thought provoking and challenging questions concerning the letter. Finally, he concludes with a short prayer of response to God for His love as demonstrated through the text of that particular book of the Bible.

    This book was very well written. He captivates the heart of forty books of the Bible by bringing the central theme running through the message of the Biblical text and putting it in an easy to read letter format from God the Father. I particularly enjoyed the questions following the letters. After each letter the questions really hit home and caused me to think about God’s love for me and his people and whether I truly depend on Him for everything He desires to teach me and show me. I would definitely recommend this book for use as a devotional for a month and it would make a great gift for a new or seasoned follower of Christ.

  • Terry Cartwright
    3:38 on June 27th, 2013
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    God’s Love Letters to You is a 40-day devotional book based on Dr. Larry Crabb’s , 66 Love Letters. Every day, Crabb summarizes a different book of the bible and explains how it is God’s way of encouraging you and showing that he loves you. Each day starts with a letter from God followed by a few points to reflect upon and a short prayer.

    God’s Love Letters to You is easy to read and understand. There were a few days that felt “theology light” but overall, most of the days directly spoke to my current struggles and journey and were very encouraging. The tone of the book was very Message-like in that it really did feel like a conversation between friends. (So for those that are not Eugene Peterson fans might not find that this suits their tastes.) There were many days that made me want to crack open my bible and read the entire book that was being summarized to see if I could come to the same conclusion as Dr. Crabb – not an easy feat (hello, Leviticus!) – and I am certainly interested in reading Crabb’s 66 Love Letters to get a more in-depth perspective.

    While I’m not sure I would recommend to a friend that they purchase this book, it’s certainly worth a library check-out and may be good to use with a pre-believing friend or a new believer.

    *I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze?.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Alyson Territo
    5:43 on June 27th, 2013
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    66 Love Letters is about a intimate conversation between God and the author.In this book,Dr Crabb takes each book of the Bible and reviews as if he is having a intimate conversation with God about what God wants the reader to learn from that book.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and could not put it down.I didn’t approach the book as a deep Bible study nor did I expect to really dig into God’s Word.I approached the book as a well wrote piece of fiction and as such,it was not disappointing.
    The book is easy to read and easy to understand.

  • Misty Beigert
    6:33 on June 27th, 2013
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    I thought this was a super easy reader. It gave an easy verse to read and then the author’s interpretation of that verse and some easy ways to incorporate that into your life. The reflection questions were great to ponder and the closing prayer was right on track with the entire days devotional. I think this is a great book and would be a good addition to anyone’s collection. The three pages a day are easy to do for the average reader and it gives you 40 complete days of scripture to read and ponder.

    I give this book **** 4 stars****

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  • Shelley Gray
    8:24 on June 27th, 2013
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    Having never read the Bible cover to cover (even though I’ve been a Christian nearly my whole life), I was excited to read 66 Love Letters – thinking it would give me some insight and a basic summary to each chapter. My first impression was that the book was very long, and I was intimidated about getting through the entire book. I sat down to read it, thinking I could get through a few chapters a day. Dr. Crabb cautions against this though, suggesting one chapter per week to let you fully digest the material. I think a chapter per day (they’re relatively short) would also be appropriate, perhaps as a daily devotional (or in conjunction with one).

    The book was alright, but fell short of what I was hoping for. I was hoping for a deeper understanding of my faith, but instead found myself with more questions. I suppose that’s all part of faith in the first place, but I can’t say as though it left me feeling very satisfied. This is a book that will stick with me in the years to come, and I can see myself referring back to it from time to time. There is a lot of information, and it would be easy to miss the point of each story.

  • Michael Harper
    9:14 on June 27th, 2013
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    This book, 66 Love Letters by Dr. Larry Crabb is astounding. I’ve always wanted to read a helpful Bible aide about every book in the Bible especially those books like Revelations and Leviticus. Thankfully God heard my desire. I received a copy of the 66 Love Letters which is described as “A Conversation With God That Invites
    You Into His Story.” Thankfully God heard me. I doubt if I will ever read another book as user friendly as this one.

    The book is put together with Dr. Crabb sharing his personal conversations with God. Many times throughout the book, I thought Dr. Crabb knew my inner thoughts. I had grappled with the same questions as he grappled with through those nights. I also love the way he, Dr. Crabb, makes each book in the Bible extremely interesting and simplistic. Truly, this is a book I intend to pull off the shelf over and over again.

    Reading Dr. Crabb’s dedication in 66 Love Letters I realized my needs were similar to the needs or desires of his daughters-in-law, they had a “hunger to know God through His Word.” Thank you Dr. Crabb for this God inspired book.

  • badnres
    9:35 on June 27th, 2013
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    Have you ever looked at the Bible as letters? How about love Letters? Dr. Larry Crabb does just this in his new book.

    Having prior to this reading having read Dr. Crabb’s book on this subject, I had high hopes for this book. A forty day journey to look at God’s love letter’s to mankind. I feel the book is laking in the reality of the justice of God. God is a loving god but he is also a just god. If you are looking for a book to point you to the loving side of God, this is for you. If you are looking for a balanced book on the reality of God, this is not the book for you. Overall the book is an easy read. It had short readings that the reader could keep up with. I do feel this is a book worth reading, as long as you realize it is not a in depth devotional.

    Disclaimer: To comply with regulations by the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR Part 255, I am disclosing that BookSneeze? provided me a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • medbykek
    11:01 on June 27th, 2013
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    I have read several things by Dr. Larry Crabb, and typically find him dry and clinical in his writing. I was pleasantly surprised to find that is not the case here. This 40 day devotional is easy to read and understand and nourishes the emotional aspects of one’s soul. I did find the 40 day format to be a bit obscure and long; why not a month-long format instead? I was disappointed that this book does not delve into a study of the Scriptures. Instead, this book takes one brief verse at the beginning of each of the 40 books covered and follows that with a collection of “letters” written in modern-day language, supposedly containing what God wants you to know from that book of the Bible. (I think He already wrote me a letter, containing all the things He wanted me to know and it is called the Bible.)

    I think this book would be a fine “Chicken Soup for the Soul” kind of book, but really misses the mark as a devotional.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

  • Prophat
    12:53 on June 27th, 2013
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    This book refers to the 66 books of the bible as love letters from God. It is basicly a book that tells the reader what he or she can take from each book of the bible. I didn’t really care for the book personally, but some people that are struggling to understand what God is trying to say to them through the bible may benefit from the book… just not really me, lol. One great thing though, it did inspire me to start reading the bible from the beginning again.

  • Buzz Gross
    13:29 on June 27th, 2013
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    66 Love Letters is the latest book by best-selling author, psychologist and Christian counselor Dr. Larry Crabb. Dr. Crabb takes a very interesting approach in this book, he takes every book of the Bible and condenses it down to one paragraph, and then expands it into a love letter from God. There are many Christian leaders who say that the Bible is indeed a love letter from God. Dr. Crabb does a wonderful job translating the bible into an easily readable series of meaningful letters. In the prologue, Dr. Crabb advises to take the book slowly and perhaps only read a chapter a week, I was going to try that but I could not put it down. From the beginning of the book we are shown that God has a plan for each of us and we must trust him to see it through. This book is a great collection, to be kept on hand to read again and again

  • Greggy
    14:03 on June 27th, 2013
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    I recently had a chance to read and review the book God’s Love Letters to You by Dr. Larry Crabb. I was very excited when I received this book, as I love anything that resembles a love letter. I was a little disappointed when the book wasn’t actually written in a love letter format. But, aside from that this book is amazing. It is set up in a 40 day devotional format, with 66 letters, and each day highlights a different scripture that shows you exactly how or why God loves you.

    Anyone who has issues with seeing God as an all loving being should read this. It makes God’s love a little more personal and easier to understand. Good read!!

  • Good Post
    15:33 on June 27th, 2013
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    When I looked over the Thomas Nelson books available to review and saw one by Larry Crabb, I immediately download the e-book. And I’m not disappointed.

    “God’s Love Letters to You” is a wonderful glimpse at the whole context of God’s Word. Far from a feel good read, Dr. Crabb shows the reality of pain in a framework of love.

    “But God’s way of thinking and His way of loving are so far above us–and so different sometimes from what we think they should be–that His way of speaking life can feel harsh, even insensitive and uncaring. And for good reason: His words of life speak death to what is in us that needs to die.”

    The formatting of the e-book annoyed me at points, but it was just nick-picky things such as spacing. The quotes from writers outside the Bible jarred me from my assumption that the content concentrated on God’s finished Word. Yet, the quotes added their own explanation and often were ones I highlighted for future reference.

    If I taught a small group or class for young Christians, this text would be required reading. The way it touches upon suffering and love throughout the Bible, reveals the continuity of God’s working through our own pain and His sovereign plan, which includes and redeems the pain. The questions at the end of each chapter too would be richer shared with others, especially those beginning to grasp the scope of God’s work in our lives and world.

  • Authand
    16:57 on June 27th, 2013
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    66 Love Letters is a great devotional book and less of a book I’d sit down to read through. The set-up of the book is pretty simple. There is one chapter for each of the 66 books of the Bible. Each chapter is a personalized summary of the major themes of that particular book of the Bible. Crabb has made an effort to help people to see how the Bible ties together under the major themes of God’s plan for humanity and Jesus’ redemptive role in that plan.

    All in all it’s a great book. It is a little bit hard to read straight through if you’re not very familiar with what events are in each book of the Bible beforehand. However, if you read the chapter in Larry’s book after you read the corresponding chapter in the Bible it really adds a lot to your learning and understanding. I’ve been reading the Bible through in a year and have found this to be a great resource!!

  • Norb Vonnegut
    18:28 on June 27th, 2013
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    (note: Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through [...] to review.)

    Dr. Larry Crabb takes the books of the Bible and summarizes them in a few short sentences, then unpacks and dissects those sentences to give the reader a better interpretation of each love letter. It is told in first person, mostly using the context of a man speaking candidly with God as if He were physically in the room of the writer.

    I have to admit, it was hard for me to get through this. For one, it’s not set up like a normal book. I’m not sure if it should even be considered a book, and instead, more like a devotional. So, it was hard to read it straight through, and I ended up skimming through the majority of it. The good thing is, he recommends that in his opening statements. He explains that the book is not meant to be read as an actual book, but should be broken up between studies of the different books of the Bible. So, you automatically know what you are in store for. The pros are that this book really does speak to the reader. It helps the reader capture what God might have said if He were meeting with us as we read through the Bible. It really breathes life into the “love letters” and encourages the reader to dive deeper into the Word to discover what God might be personally saying to that person. However, I did feel like the conversations with God were sometimes cheesy and not entirely natural.

  • Chris R.
    20:23 on June 27th, 2013
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    This book is titled God’s Love Letters to You, a 40 day devotional experience by Dr. Larry Crabb. Dr. Larry Crabb does a very good job at taking 40 books of the bible and putting them in a format that is easy to understand and that lets one dive deeper into the word of God. This book was a very good find and I will definitely recommend this book to others. One thing that is hard for one to do is read the Bible. Everyone finds it hard to stay awake when they are reading the Bible. This book allows one to understand some of the concepts that are brought out in the Bible that one doesn’t normally find when they read it in the King James Version. Day Eight is on the book of Ruth which is my favorite book in the Bible. I love hearing about the story of Naomi and Ruth and how she wants to stay with Naomi even though her husband has died and she has nothing left in common with Naomi. Ruth shows how one can overcome having obstacles with love and Dr. Larry Crabb represents this well in his way of telling how one can overcome the obstacles of love. This is what I think of this book by Dr. Larry Crabb and I hope you go read it!

  • Logia
    21:50 on June 27th, 2013
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    66 Love Letters-A Conversation With God That Invites You Into His Story by Dr.Larry Crabb

    “The Bible is a love story that begins with a divorce. Everything from the third chapter of Genesis through the end of Revelation is the story of a betrayed lover wooing us back into His arms so we can enjoy the love of family forever.”

    This is the first book of Dr. Crabb that I’ve read. He recounts a sleepless night struggling to hear from God. Asking questions like, “What do You want me get from Leviticus?”, “Why is it important to study Obadiah?” and “What are You trying to get me to hear in Revelation?”, the idea for this book was born.

    I wouldn’t recommend reading this book on it’s own, as each chapter is devoted to each book of the Bible. Reading it straight through, as I tried to do, left me wanting. However, I do believe this book is a great companion to read along with your Bible. On a personal note, I usually give books away after I post a review but this one I’m definitely keeping as a study aid. For a free downloadable study guide, [...]

    I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of their Book Sneeze Blogging Program in exchange for a book review. I was not required to give a favorable review.

  • steve kirby
    22:06 on June 27th, 2013
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    I am leading 20 women in an online reading of 66 Love Letters alongside of reading through the Bible in one year. 66 Love Letters is the best book I’ve ever read in stirring me to engage in honest self-examination because I see glimpses of the Love and Provision of a very Good, Holy God. Crabb offers four decades of working with people as a psychologist to invite us to so much more than what we are experiencing. We all battle the world, the flesh and the devil but I am seeing there is way more evil in me than I ever recognized. Crabb has exposed for me the evil in my “necessity, reasonableness, efficiency, even moral goodness.” I have sobbed over my demandingness that God cooperate with my agenda. I am in the middle of cancer, foreclosure, job loss, insurance loss, betrayal, and am homeless—my husband and I are living with friends. I am desperate for truth—and at times more desperate for relief. But, in the midst of mitigating circumstances that should sideline me, Larry Crabb has invited me through 398 pages onto the dance floor to find a Love I know not. I’m not very good at the waltz but my Beautiful God has grabbed hold of my right arm (Psalm 63:8) and He is not letting go of me—and it’s all right here in these 66 Love Letters. With every book of 66 Love Letters, this author gives me hope not just by seismic exposure but by leading me to the One Who Loves me so! I am wrestling and learning from this book to live more concerned about “my unholiness than about my overwhelming pain”—and that has to be God! It’s only a taste but I am a tad little more “privileged by the high calling of my Christ than unsettled by my pain.” God will rouse Himself up to do His Work in you, a very Strange Work through 66 Love Letters (Isaiah 28:21). I would be beside myself on this journey if it weren’t for God using this book in my life at this time. If you read one book this year, here it is. This author is a modern-day Ezekiel gripped in the Love of God, calling us to visit untouched places in our hearts, beckoning us to walk into a Door of Hope (Hosea 2:14)—66 Love Letters. Bev Brandon

  • freeddy bee
    22:32 on June 27th, 2013
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    Larry Crabb has been one of my absolute favorite authors since I read Shattered Dreams: God’s Unexpected Pathway to Joy. To me, Larry is a modern-day version of Oswald Chambers. He writes the kind of stuff that the average person like me may have to sometimes read two or three teams to really get the full meaning of what he is saying…which is my way of saying, “He’s deep” – and I like deep. Honestly, as much as I love to read, I don’t have time to waste on mediocre writing, and Larry Crabb doesn’t waste a word. The reason I truly love God’s Love Letters to You, is because it takes that depth and maturity and puts it in 40 bite size pieces. I feel there is a huge need on the bookshelf for devotion books that are short and deep. It is an uncommon combination, which leads the average Christian to hold a false belief that short equals shallow.
    God’s Love Letters to You walks the reader through 40 of the 66 books of the Bible, showing how God’s message is the same throughout His entire Word. “I love you. I care intensely about you. But I won’t spare your feelings and your comfort when it comes to making you holy. I care more about your soul than I do how you feel today.”
    This would be an incredible gift for someone who is going through a really tough time in their life and need to hear uncompromised truth, in a loving shell. Larry’s other writings are good for that too, but again, the bite-sized format of God’s Love Letters to You makes it manageable reading for someone who is really in the thick middle of time-consuming and brain-draining circumstances that would otherwise keep them from taking the time to read.

  • technologywins
    0:01 on June 28th, 2013
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    Larry starts with the premise that God’s Word is a “love letter” to His children. From this perspective, he condenses the message of each book of the Bible as if it is message from God to us. He begins each book of Scripture with a “what God wants us to know” section. This book is a powerful means for us to understand the entire message and the different themes of the Bible. The book’s purpose is not to be source for reference, but as a source of inspiration; a book that encourages us to understand just how personal a God we have. The book ends with a 66-paragraph composite of the entire message of the Bible; quite a feat. I highly recommend this book since I have learned at a much deeper level how great and loving God is!

  • Developer Quizz
    1:07 on June 28th, 2013
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    Designed to be read as a daily devotional over a period of 40 days, Dr Larry Crabb highlights specific “Love Letters” from God, meaning books of the Bible. Each book is set up with a short letter where God is talking directly to you the reader. It then has a few thought provoking questions and a prayer to pray to help you get your mind onto the things God’s teaching you in the chapters.

    I’ve never read a devotional book that is set up as specific love letters. It was neat to find something that was out of my normal realm of reading. The nuggets gleaned from some of the chapters did make me want to turn to my Bible and read that particular book. I’m sad to say that I didn’t act upon my instincts though. There were several letters that I enjoyed more than the rest. These included Ruth, Habakkuk, Luke, Ephesians, 2 Timothy, Hebrews, James, 1 John, and Revelation. Why did these particular letters stand out to me? Well aside from Ruth being my favorite book of the Bible, there was a lot I could learn about overcoming obstacles. The others did make me think or look at a concept in a different way.

    For the most part, as a primarily fiction reader, this non-fiction book held my attention better than most nonfiction. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up at the bookstore simply because it is nonfiction. But having given it a fair shot, I did enjoy it overall.

    I received this book for free from Booksneeze for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Arden Handson
    1:26 on June 28th, 2013
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    I have read favorable reviews on Larry Crabb in the past so I though I would take a chance with this book. The title intrigued me and I was not disappointed. What if you treated each book of the Bible as a love letter? Wouldn’t you want to read a love letter from the start until the finish? I was amazed at the application that I was able to draw from reading this book and the Bible at the same time. There will be those that cannot get past the author having conversations as if he were God, but the author’s conversations were backed with Biblical principles. I have already recommended this book to a handful of people. Nice read!

  • skipped
    3:17 on June 28th, 2013
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    Dr. Larry Crabb’s 66 Love Letters to God is the perfect book for new believers and long time Christians. Dr. Crabb takes you through the “66 Love Letters”, which are the 66 books of the Bible, as if God is specifically talking to you and explaining why He wrote each book of the Bible. Each chapter of the book is a different “love letter” and Dr. Crabb does a wonderful job breaking down the text of the specific book and relating it to our life today. He asks God questions about what He wants us to learn from each love letter and shows God’s “reply” or what he felt God was saying to Him about each book.

    Let’s face it- there are books in the Bible that seem like only the likes of Billy Graham would truly understand the meaning. All the lineage breakdowns in the Old Testament can be hard for anyone. This is exactly why 66 Love Letters is a wonderful book because it really breaks down each book and tells you in plain, every day language what God is really trying to teach. The book is very easy to read and very easy to understand. If anything, at times, its just a bit cheesy with the dialogue to me. I do highly recommend this book. I especially think it would be wonderful for new believers because it makes the Bible less daunting if you read this along with the books of the Bible.

  • Tom Brick
    3:47 on June 28th, 2013
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    I have long dreamt of putting together a sermon series that would allow me to walk through, albeit, briefly, each book of the bible. When I first saw this title, I thought that it might provide a foundation toward accomplishing that goal. Alas, it does not.

    The devotionals are well written and allow one to explore and evaluate one’s spiritual life. Yet to say that these books are based on each book of scripture is only loosely true. Unless the books have been read prior to picking up God’s Love Letters To You, the devotional do little to introduce the reader to the various books. Scripture readings are often pulled from other parts of scripture, there are no suggested readings associated with each book, and the reader is left to his own devices to discover the connection between each days devotional and the particular Bible book being examined that day.

    This book could be helped if used along side Henrietta Mears’ What the Bible Is All About or some other simple Bible survey. This little gem would provide the Bible background needed to understand the book – while God’s Love Letters To You provides the motivation to better understand each book.

    This review was based on an electronic copy of the book provide by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.

  • Xperia
    4:17 on June 28th, 2013
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    God’s Love Letters to You by Dr. Larry Crabb is a 40-day devotional series that takes books of the Bible and breaks them down into short simple thoughts akin to letters from God. This book is aesthetically pleasing and would make a lovely gift. The devotionals are very clear, concise, and well written and while it does not delve deep into spiritual thought, it would be great for someone who wants something short to read in the midst of a busy day.

    As I said above, the devotionals do not seem to be meant for a deep theological study of the Bible. If you are looking for long, deep devotionals then you should probably pass on this book and keep looking. However, if you are looking for a lovely gift devotional or something to supplement your studies during a busy time then this book would be perfect. The format of the devotional is nicely put together and simple. Each day begins by telling you which book of the Bible it is based on and what the lesson drawn will be. Each lesson also has a topic verse, the devotional or “letter”, thoughts for reflection, and a sample prayer. A devotional from this book would probably take 5-15 minutes with reading, reflection, and prayer and would be a nice way to connect with God on a daily basis.

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  • H, J, Brubaker
    4:34 on June 28th, 2013
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    God’s Love Letters To You, written by Dr. Larry Crabb is a forty day devotional experience designed to carry it’s readers through a more personal understanding of the placement of God within their lives.

    The reader is first brought into the Word, then carried into what seemingly could be described as a personal note from God, and finally set within a place of contemplation of thoughts and circumstances.

    Dr. Crabb’s knowledge of the Bible and writing style bring life into this book. These devotions are short but powerful in content. They are easy to read but grounded Biblically. They are to the point but not intellectually overreaching.

    Upon completion of this devotional book, the reader, if he desires, will be brought into a deeper more personal perspective of God’s love for him and His desire to expose his entire life to that love.

    All in all, this devotional book is a recommended read, for it will enhance your daily walk with God.

    Dr. Jeff Krupinski

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

  • Hottoys
    5:12 on June 28th, 2013
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    I recently finished 66 Love Letters by Dr. Larry Crabb. After reading through the Bible in 90 days to start the year out, this was a great book to compliment that experience. 66 Love Letters is a fantastic devotional style book that is easy to guide through. Going through all 66 books of the Bible, Dr. Crabb looks at how the Bible is one giant love letter from Him to you.

    The more that I read this book, the more I began to realize how much love God really has for us even during the times in our lives when we feel like He is so distant and that we are alone. The stories from Habakkuk & Job show this perfectly. Dr. Crabb does a wonderful of going through each book of God’s Word and showing exactly how much love God has for us through all moments in our lives.

    Whether you are a devote follower of Christ, new believer, or a still searching for God’s love, this is a great read in all instances. If you have never read through the Bible, this is a great way to compliment a chronological Biblical reading plan to help one to really understand the love that God does have for us through His Word.

    Enjoy.

  • El Gabo Gringo
    5:39 on June 28th, 2013
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    I thought this to be a nice devotional. It has a title, a verse from the bible and than the body of the letter for each day . What makes this unique is after the letter you can read the “Take the time to reflect” part which than gives you ideas of what to reflect on, after that is a short prayer pertaining to the subject of the letter for that day.

    The letters start with God Says but than the author takes it from their. Although I said it is a nice devotional, I did think some of the Letters were a bit harsh or more strict. I believe in a loving God who would,I think, speak kinder to me, but thats just my perspective . Since these letters are of course not written by the Lord and are rather Dr Crabb putting himself in the role of God for the purpose of writing this devotional, I just thought many of them came across in a disapproving tone.

    The book is titled Love letters, but I did not feel much love while reading them, I felt rather like I was being addressed by a disapproving human father or boss. I am use to devotionals that make me feel uplifted and loved , or bring the joy of the lord to my heart, so maybe thats why I felt these were a bit cold . However its really nicely laid out with the letter first and than the part where we are to reflect on what was said and the prayers were nice . Each day only takes a very few minutes to read and would fit into anyone’s day no matter how busy they are . I am not trying to say I hated it, I just thought as a devotional, it was quite different and not what I’m use to . thanks for reading my review

  • Linn Branker
    6:22 on June 28th, 2013
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    This is a 40 day devotional and each day offers the reader a Bible passage, short devotional (in this case written in the form of a letter from God), reflection questions and then a prayer. Each day is based on a single book of the Bible, and the letter is basically a summary of what God would have us to learn from that book, then the reflection questions ask us to think about our lives and how we can relate the devotion to our lives.

    Personally I did not like this book as much as I had hoped I would. That is not to say I didn’t like it and I didn’t learn from it, I just wasn’t as impressed as I hoped to be. I think the problem for me is that my idea of a devotional differs from most people. I prefer my devotional to be more like a mini-Sunday School lesson, something that is instructional, yet though provoking, and something that will keep me thinking the rest of the day. This particular devotional was more emotional, in that the reflection was often more about feelings, and emotions than actual actions. Overall I found it to be a bit watery, and it wasn’t a book I would use for devotions because it didn’t provoke the thought I look for in a devotion. I found myself reading the whole book in just a couple of hours so that I could finish and move on to another devotional. I did enjoy reading it, just not as a devotional.

    As I said though, I look for something different in a devotional, I like my devotionals to leave me feeling spiritually fed and thinking about the reading throughout my day, this one just didn’t do that for me. However, I know that many people prefer a more emotional experience in their devotions and for those people I think this would be a great book!

  • Josh Freedman
    7:54 on June 28th, 2013
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    In 66 Love Letters, Larry Crabb embarks on a conversational journey through all 66 books of the Bible. In an unusual style, Crabb intertwines his struggles with living the Christian life with responses being communicated from God in the Bible. I don’t usually take a long time to read a book, but this one took me several months. I discovered in the early pages that if I was going to benefit from this book, I would have to take it slow. Once I was comfortable with the alternating from Crabb’s voice then to God’s, I was able to move at a more rapid pace. One of the major truths communicated in the book was how God never promises an easy or comfortable earthly life for His people. In fact, suffering and pain are more common for those choosing the narrow road.
    I was weighed down at times over this recurring theme, but God kept reminding me to trust Him for what is to come and hope found its way in. I appreciated being pointed to some golden passages in the Bible that are easily missed in some of the least-read books. I recommend this book, but not if you want a quick read or if you want to hear how God wants you to live a comfortable pain-free life. Here is the final paragraph to give you a taste of God’s 66 Love Letters to you:

    “Trust Me. Things are not as they seem. My Son is right now bringing His kingdom to earth. The collision of kingdoms, the resistance of everything opposed to My plan, is the source of all the upheaval in the world. My Son will judge severely. The forces of evil will be destroyed. And He will bless abundantly. My story is about to end in the eternal day of a new way to live in a new world, Can you hear the music? The party is underway. It won’t be long till My Son makes everything new. And then you’ll really dance!”

  • Peter Cao
    8:16 on June 28th, 2013
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    This book reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ “Screwtape Letters”. This is a truly a book that shifts your perspective. Instead of looking at life in terms of how it relates to your own happiness (as fleeting as it is), it examines the bigger, more important role of your life as a part of God’s ultimate plan on earth. The author does an excellent job showing us the big picture, the grand story that it taking place throughout history and how God is inviting us to join it. The author makes the sometimes confusing and seemingly irrelevant text of the Bible make sense as to how it really does fit into God’s plan. I love the conversational approach through the examination of what God might say to us about each book of the Bible as if we were sitting having a conversation with him over coffee. What I appreciate most about the book are the questions the author asks God — they are the honest and tough questions that most of us think to ourselves when reading the Bible but do not dare to ask, let alone put into print.

    To my delight and surprise, after reading this book I have gained a better understanding of what God may be communicating to us through each book of the Bible, not in a scholarly or academic way, but in an applicable, life-changing way.

    I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their [...] [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • doug churchill
    8:52 on June 28th, 2013
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    I had the extreme pleasure of receiving a copy of this book, From God to You 66 Love Letters from author and psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a conversation with the Lord? Well in this book you will feel this. At first I will admit I found the book very dry & boring. However the more I read & the more I reflected, I too felt that I was conversing with God. Dr. Crabb asked himself & God some very difficult questions. I could feel the struggles that Dr. Crabb was feeling as he struggled to hear & understand God’s guidance.
    I do need to stress that while this book did help with daily reflection on God’s word, it should not EVER be used in place of the Holy Bible. It should only be used as a tool to help with reflecting & understanding of the written word of God. I feel that Dr. Crabb helped me to understand why we all should let the Bible lead us in our day to day life and why God loves each and everyone of us the way we are.

  • Diane Watkins
    10:31 on June 28th, 2013
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    A couple of months ago, I received a review copy of the book, God’s Love Letter’s to You – A 40-Day Devotional Experience. I really wanted to like this book and I was hoping it would jump-start my personal devotions.

    To be perfectly honest, though, I just couldn’t get into it. The devotions on each day were just too generic for my tastes. I tend towards really meaty Bible study and the daily devotions were just a bit too “fluffy” for me.

    That’s not to say that this book won’t help other people. If you are looking for loving, comforting devotional material, this book is for you. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.

  • Megan
    11:14 on June 28th, 2013
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    Based on Crabb’s book 66 Love Letters, this newest book is a 40-day devotional guide. Each day focuses on a different book of the Bible, includes a brief Scripture passage (usually one or two verses), a few devotional thoughts, some reflection questions, and a suggested prayer.

    The devotional guide is designed to help the reader view Scripture as deeply personal letters from God. Although brief, I found Crabb’s devotional thoughts to be enlightening and often just what I needed to hear for that day. Reading the guide made me eager to read 66 Love Letters, which I hope to do soon.

    That said, there are a couple of changes I would suggest for the devotional guide. For one, I would expand it to 66 days rather than limit it to 40 days, in keeping with the book that serves as its basis. I would also have enjoyed more than just a couple of verses of Scripture each day to give greater context and meaning to the passage.

    All in all, I found God’s Love Letters to You to be an enjoyable and encouraging, albeit too-brief, devotional companion to my daily Bible study. It will most likely find a home on my bookshelf and be re-read over time.

  • Market News
    11:31 on June 28th, 2013
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    A sweet book that covers every book in the bible. Each book is explained in terms of a love letter from God. Good insight into what each book means as an overall picture. Quite educational in a broad sense. Would get the most out of it if you read the book of the bible along with it.

  • Scott Lunt
    12:09 on June 28th, 2013
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    God’s Love Letters To You, written by Dr. Larry Crabb is a forty day devotional experience that I definitely enjoyed. Each day’s devotional includes: a selected Scripture reading, a short devotional message, reflection questions and a closing prayer.

    For me, I felt like this book was genuine. I dislike nothing more than the devotionals that have the same exact reflection questions for every single day. The reflection questions were thought provoking and really made you wrestle with how you felt about things.

    The devotional message was always very authentic and not a bit cheesy like many devotionals tend to be. I felt like the voice of it was sincere and it seemed like every day it told me something that I needed to hear. It covered a range of topics but it always reached me on a spiritual level and left me with something to think about for the rest of the day.

    One other thing that I enjoyed was the length of the devotions. I enjoyed getting my journal out and reflecting each day…but the devotionals were at a length where I could do them quickly if I needed to. All in all I appreciated many things about this book, and after doing these devotionals day after day, I did feel closer to God and had a deeper appreciation of His love for me. I would definitely recommend it.

    *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own

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