Title: Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us about Our Life with God
Author: Joel R. Beeke
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (December 31, 2015)
Formats: Paperback, Hardcover, Kindle
Author and pastor Joel R. Beeke brings thoughts to bear on characters from Scripture with whom many of us are at least familiar, if not intimately acquainted. After a brief introduction addressing the question “What is faith?”, he moves on to four types of faith: Childlike faith, characterized by Adam and Eve; Submissive faith, demonstrated by the Shunammite woman (2 Kings 4); Mature faith, as shown by the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15); and Persevering faith, lived out by Caleb (Numbers 13 and 14). I appreciated that Beeke wrote about people who don’t often get a lot of exposure; it’s easy to get caught up in the “giants” of faith like Abraham and forget that those who may not have much presence in Scripture still have things to teach us.
This little book is a quick read, but it is worth adding to your library as a reminder that even your faith may be encouraging to someone out there. I’d easily rate this short volume 5/5.
Note: I received a free copy of this book through Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for my fair and honest appraisal. I was not required to provide positive feedback.
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