Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Review: Unto the Hills

Unto the Hills A Daily Devotional by Billy Graham

I received this book for free from Book Sneeze and in exchange I provide my opinion here.

I have been working to expand my library to include some supportive reading as well. I'd selected this as a daily devotional hoping that it would help me either make it through the day or to give me an added 'push'. As it was, I was sorely disappointed. I can't say my family was ever really followers of Billy Graham, though I do remember hearing him at various points in my life. I'd hoped that I would be more inspired or supported by the book. Instead, I felt chastised. Chastised simply for being me, for not being 'pure', for being human.

The book is broken down into 365 days, with each day having a theme. Each theme is supported by a passage from the Bible and is meant to teach a lesson. I have full faith in learning and learning to support your faith. However, in many of the days in the book, Billy Graham comes back to the issue of divorce. A subject that is sore for many people, both Christian and otherwise. He also points out the fact, constantly, that as we are human we are sinners. He comes back to us being unclean constantly, with little hope of redemption.

Billy Graham also points out that God has both love and hate (good and evil, light and dark). But he also states that the dark/evil is Satan. The way it's stated seems (to me) to indicate that God & Satan are the same, just opposites. I'm not sure I care for the God in this book.

Any way, I didn't find this book to be a helpful or supportive read as I'd hoped. I can't recommend it, though I certainly won't say it was 'bad'. My interpretations will vary from others and I leave it to you to form your own opinion of the book.