Many of us learned Psalm 23 as children and can quote it word for word. But how many of us live as though we believe it? Too often our daily lives are riddled with worry and anxious thoughts. In God Is More Than Enough, Tony Evans takes a deeper look at this familiar passage to show that no matter how things appear, our Good Shepherd is constantly at work on our behalf. Rediscover how you can fully rely on His goodness and mercy all the days of your life.
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Review 1 for God Is More Than Enough
Great for Small Group Stdy
Date:September 27, 2012
Tony Evans is the president of The Urban Alternative and senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX. He is the author of numerous books.
Based on the publisher's description, Psalm 23 is more than just a lovely poem; it is a profound description of the relationship God offers you. In this refreshing, exhilarating book by Tony Evans, you will discover anew one of the most beloved passages of Scripture—and the Shepherd who is more than enough to meet all your needs.
I was looking forward to Dr. Evans' insight into this very familiar passage of Scripture. Due to the size of the book, 96 pages, I was expecting a quick read, but was slowed by the way he opened up new insight into each passage that I had memorized as a child.
Evans devotes a chapter to each verse and provides an exposition into the Scripture and shows how it applies to our everyday lives. While there were no real "wow" moments in the book, I was very pleased to be reminded that this Psalm can be more than just a source of comfort during times of trouble in our lives.
This book would make a great resource for a Sunday school/small group study.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging For Books 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."
Tony Evans uses a small book, God Is More Than Enough, to do an indepth study on one of the most well-known chapters in the Bible, and shows the incredible relationship God wants to have with YOU. Psalm 23 is such a part of our culture, but too often seems relegated to being quoted during times of serious illness...or funerals. However, Tony Evans leads the reader on a discovery of the joy and peace to be found when applying the words of this poem to many aspects of your life --and to the Shepherd who is able to meet you where you are and provide all you need.
God Is More Than Enough should have just been a quick read for me, but it was filled with so many nuggets of Truth that I chose to savor and absorb the healing and comforting words as he explained verse by verse just exactly how it pertains to my life. Whether you know nothing about these verses or if this is a portion of Scripture you memorized decades ago...there is much to be gained as you take a look at Psalm 23 through this book. The compact size makes it perfect for carrying with you to peruse when you have a few moments, to do slowly as a small group or private devotions, or to give as a gift. For the ones who are not huge fans of reading, this is a wonderful size. Great book and one I am sure to treasure.
Tony Evans is senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, and president of The Urban Alternative. He is the author of more than twenty books, including God Is Up to Something Great and The Fire That Ignites. Evans and his wife, Lois, have four children.
I received this book courtesy of WaterBrook Multnomah's Blogging For Books program. The opinions expressed above are purely my own
I love to hear Tony Evans preach. I had the opportunity to hear him in person at the Pastor's Conference at First Baptist in Jacksonville, Florida a couple of years ago. And, of course, I've heard him many times on the radio. But this is the first Tony Evans book that I've read. His greatest strength in preaching is also his greatest strength in writing: the ability to illustrate great truths in a simple and understandable way. No doubt about it, the illustrations and stories are the best part of this book.
The book is not long - 90 pages. And Tony Evans does a great job of breaking down Psalm 23 into bite-sized morsels that even the most Bible-illiterate Christians could easily comprehend. That being said, there is really not too much in the book that will knock your socks off. Like I said, the illustrations of truth are excellent, but the average church-going Christian will not be surprised by any of the content. I hate to phrase it this way! It sounds like I'm saying, "Oh, it's the same ol' boring Psalm 23 interpretation." Trust me, the principles found in Psalm 23 are deep and wondrous, and I really enjoyed the way Tony Evans used the phrase "God is more than enough..." to introduce each new chapter in his book. All I'm saying is, if you are looking for a mind-bending, never-heard-before exposition of Psalm 23, you won't find it here. But then again, it is always good to be reminded of the great truths that we take for granted so easily.
In all, I would give the book 3.5 stars out of 5. I received this book free from Waterbrook-Multnomah publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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Review 4 for God Is More Than Enough
I encourage you to get this book
Date:July 20, 2012
God Is More Than Enough
About This Book The Lord is my Shepherd; I Shall Not Want.
Psalm 23 is more than just a lovely poem; it is a profound description of the relationship God offers you. In this refreshing, exhilarating book by Tony Evans, you will discover anew one of the most beloved passages of Scripture—and the Shepherd who is more than enough to meet all your needs.
When your spiritual energy is drained, He’ll lead you to refreshment. When you’re confused by the world around you, God will guide you onto the right path. When your life seems threatened by forces outside your control, God promises His protection.
No matter how things appear, your Good Shepherd is constantly at work on your behalf, and you can rely fully on His goodness and mercy all the days of your life.
I’d like to start this book review by encouraging you to get this book. I loved it for its verse-by-verse explanation of Psalm 23. The book is small in size and in the number of pages but don’t disregard it because it seems to simple. It proves that great inspiration doesn’t always involve an in-depth study. The book was easy to read and understand; I found Tony Evans’ writing to demonstrate a genuine Christ-like attitude and his book was a joy to read and is a definite keeper.
As a girl, I didn't fully appreciate our local Christian radio station. During the weekdays, it primarily broadcasted Christian teaching and talk radio: Focus on the Family, New Life Today, Jack Hayford, Luis Palau, Charles Stanley, and Tony Evans, among others. Then on the weekends, they played a few hours of contemporary Christian music. Now, I'm a music fan and years later, I now have the all-Christian music station I always wanted as a kid and it's fine. But what I miss is the simple access to teaching and encouragement available to me any time I hopped in the car and flicked the radio dial; it's something I greatly under-appreciated as a child.
Tony Evans's book, God is More Than Enough, reminded of me of the times I heard him teach via radio broadcast years ago; you can essentially hear him talking to you in his preacher voice through the pages. The book provides a step-by-step, word-by-word walk through Psalm 23, but he keeps things simple and focused on some basic concepts like God's self-sufficiency and His spiritual and physical provision for us.
Only about 90 pages, the book isn't a theological treatise or an in-depth doctrinal manual. It's quick-moving, easy to read, and full of word pictures to help anyone understand and be encouraged. I can't say, reading through it, that anything was new or enlightening. Nor can I sit back now after the last page and list the things I've learned. Still, it was full of reminders of God's providential care and gracious covenant love for His sheep.
For someone wanting a more in-depth Scriptural teaching or looking for a Bible study, I'd look elsewhere. Yet, for a new believer learning for the first time to walk through the Scripture, this would make a great gift. It'd also be a good fit for anyone in need of the simple reminder of God's grace and his provision during even difficult times.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and 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.”