Book Review – Judges for You by Timothy Keller

Title: Judges for You
Author: Timothy Keller
Publisher: The Good Book Company
Publishing Year: 2013
Pages: 217
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

Simply put, I will never read the book of Judges the same way again and neither will you.  This seems like a bold statement, but I believe the content of this book is worthy of such a claim.

For the past year or so I have been trying to focus on Biblical theology and learning the unfolding of redemptive history throughout the entire Bible, Old and New Testaments.  Finding Jesus in the Old Testament is far more than looking for forced types and obscure prophecies, but it is about seeing a creation in desperate need of redemption.  It’s about seeing imperfect rulers pointing to the one whose shoulders one day all governments will rest.  It’s about seeing a sacrificial system that screams out the need for the one true sacrifice.  I could go on and on but in reality, this commentary on Judges is a perfect example of seeing Christ in the Old Testament, in least likely placed you’d expect to see Him.

Often when we look through the pages of Judges we focus on tales of people we should or should not emulate.  Be like this person, but not so much this person.  Or, perhaps as children we learned the heroic stories of men like Gideon and Samson but glazed over their sinful indiscretions.  In this book, Tim Keller walks us through many of these Biblical accounts, but with an eye to see man’s sinfulness, God’s faithfulness and the need of redemption only found in Jesus.  This book is filled with the gospel.  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this perspective.  It is a breath of fresh air.

The other highlight of this book is its devotional value.  I would recommend this book as a devotional tool to use with your daily reading.  It is incredibly easy to read and intensely practical.  Not only does Keller explain the text in a manner that is understandable but he does so in such a way as to touch your daily life.  This is far from a theological treatise for ivory tower types.  It’s theology for the working man.

I cannot recommend this book to you enough.  Go out and buy a copy today.  Warning, you’ll need a highlighter, an open heart, a willingness to be challenged and some time set aside for thoughtful reflection to use the book most effectively.

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

Purchase the book here.


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