Unto the Hills: A Book Review

Title:  Unto the Hills
Author:  Billy Graham
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Publishing Year:  2010
Pages:  No page numbers, but it is a devotional meant for every day of the year, so at least 365
My Rating:  2 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

I lift up my eyes to the hills.   From where does my help come?  My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.

This is a year-long devotional book written by probably the most well-known preacher in all the world, Billy Graham, which is what first drew me in to this book.  Each day has about a one page message from Graham based on a selected passage from Scripture and concluded with a prayer.  The title is not only taken from Psalm 121:1-2 but is also a reference to the hills of North Carolina where Graham calls home.   

The publisher describes this as “Simple, direct, encouraging yet challenging, this book offers itself as a heartening companion for your daily walk in the valley. This collection is a gentle but constant reminder that we can find help for all our needs as long as we remember to look up . . . unto the hills but especially unto the Lord.”

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from this book.  Billy Graham, while arguably a great evangelist, is not known for much theological depth.  Yet, I wanted to give him a chance.  Graham was one of the most hated figures in the fundamentalist circles I once traveled so I wanted to give him a fair shake for once.  While I deeply appreciate his untiring work of bringing souls into the Kingdom, I can’t say I really enjoyed this book.

If you are looking to start your morning off with some deep Biblical reflections that will keep your mind occupied for the rest of the day, this is not the book for you.   Graham somewhat acknowledges this is his forward by calling this book “compiled thoughts from more than fifty years as a minister.”  The book is meant to help people “in the valley.”  However, people in need of help are more often more in need of sound Bible teaching and encouragement than they are the mere reflections in this book.

This is not to say this book is with any value.  While the daily devotions themselves were light, the prayers at the end were not.  Graham’s prayers are reflections of the close, personal relationship he has with his Savior.  They are certainly worth reading and meditating on in and of themselves.  

If you are looking for a light read just to give you one or two inspirational thoughts for the day, this is a book you should consider.  But I would urge you to use it as a launching pad rather than a final destination. 

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.

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