Truly, Truly, I Say to You: Meditations on the Words of Jesus from the Gospel of John – Adam Ramsey

Truly, truly, I say to you: Meditations on the Words of Jesus from the Gospel of John by Adam Ramsey
Also by this author: Truth on Fire: Gazing at God Until Your Heart Sings, Faithfully Present: Embracing the Limits of Where and When God Has You
Published by Good Book Company on December 31, 2022
Genres: Non-Fiction, Christian Life, Devotional
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Build your relationship with Jesus in your Bible time as you hear him speaking to you in his own words.

The most precious words this world has ever heard, came from the voice of Jesus. “It is I, do not be afraid”; “I am the Light of the World”; “I go to Prepare a Place for You”; “It is finished.” These are just some of the powerful, life-renewing words spoken by Jesus in the first century. As we read them in John’s Gospel, the Holy Spirit makes these same words come alive in our hearts today.

With devotions and prayers from Adam Ramsey, along with insights from the 19th-century “Prince of Preachers,” Charles Spurgeon, you will encounter Jesus through these pages and experience the transforming power and tender comfort of his voice.

These 40 devotions are ideal for Lent, with two extra special reflections added for Easter Sunday and Monday. They can also be used at any time through the year, to deepen your own walk with Jesus.

As Jesus’ words of grace and truth shine a light into your heart, you’ll learn more about yourself. But more importantly, you’ll learn more about him, as you marvel at his character and find yourself captivated by his presence.

In this devotional, Adam Ramsey explores the words of Jesus. Each reading begins with a short quote and its Scripture reference, and then Ramsey unpacks its meaning and implication over a few pages. The readings all end with a prayer and with a quote from Charles Spurgeon that fits with that day’s theme. Ramsey designed this devotional for use during Lent, and the table of contents splits the 42 readings up over the weeks approaching Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. However, the devotional is suitable for use at any time. There aren’t a lot of specific references to Lent, and the multi-faceted exploration of Jesus is relevant at all times.

This book includes wonderful encouragement from Scripture, and Ramsey’s thoughtful reflections include a number of different practical applications and encouragements for people dealing with different spiritual issues, such as struggling with assurance of their faith or feeling spiritually dry. The gentle, pastoral tone throughout the book is very helpful, and the book gives readers a deeper sense of Jesus’s compassion and love. The Spurgeon quotes are also very encouraging, and these short segments can be a great on-ramp for people who want to read his work but aren’t familiar with his old-fashioned writing style.

Truly, Truly, I Say to You: Meditations on the Words of Jesus from the Gospel of John is a great devotional for any time of year, and it is great for individual reading or for families to read together. Even though Ramsey wrote this book for adults and gives adult-oriented practical examples, the writing is simple and conversational enough for older children to follow along and be engaged in family readings, and the reflections involve universal spiritual feelings and struggles rather than advice for any particular life stage.