Boekestein, Landry, and Miller’s “Glorifying and Enjoying God: 52 Devotions Through the Westminster Shorter Catechism” is an astounding resource that seamlessly blends theological precision with practical application. While many devotionals offer surface-level insights, this work stands out as a profound examination of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, guiding readers through a year-long journey of theological exploration.

The authors delve into the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith through the lens of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, providing readers with a structured and comprehensive approach to understanding core theological concepts. Boekestein, Landry, and Miller adeptly navigate the richness of the catechism, presenting its truths in a manner that is both accessible and intellectually stimulating.

The strength of this work lies in its commitment to scriptural authority by always going back to scripture. The authors carefully integrate biblical references into each devotion, reinforcing the importance of grounding theological reflections of the holy, inerrant, infallible, and authoritative Word of God. For instance, in the discussion on Question 4 regarding God’s eternity, the authors skillfully weave together references from Psalms, Isaiah, and Revelation, providing readers with a comprehensive biblical foundation for the concept of God’s timeless existence.

One notable aspect of the devotional is its emphasis on the practical implications of theological truths. The authors seamlessly bridge the gap between doctrine and everyday life, encouraging readers to apply the catechism’s teachings to their personal spiritual journeys. In the discussion on Question 4 about what God is, the authors explore how a proper understanding of God’s character can shape believers’ responses to trials and temptations, offering a practical perspective on the transformative power of theology in daily living.

Another helpful feature is the inclusion of quotes from influential theologians throughout Christian history. These quotes serve to augment the devotional content and provide a broader theological context for the catechism’s teachings. Such quotes serve as windows into the theological consensus across centuries, connecting readers with the broader tradition of the faith.

The devotional’s structure is another commendable feature. Organized into 52 weekly readings, each accompanied by reflection questions, “Glorifying and Enjoying God” facilitates a systematic study of the Westminster Shorter Catechism throughout the year. This design encourages consistent engagement with theological concepts, allowing readers to gradually deepen their understanding over time.

In conclusion, “Glorifying and Enjoying God” stands as a commendable contribution to the realm of Christian devotionals. By skillfully combining theological depth with practical application, Boekestein, Landry, and Miller provide readers with a resource that not only informs the mind but also transforms the heart. This devotional has been one of the most helpful and edifying works to my session and myself as we prepare for weekly Public worship, and it is a welcomed addition to the library of any believer seeking a thoughtful and enriching exploration of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

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Title: Glorifying and Enjoying God: 52 Devotions Through the Westminster Shorter Catechism

Author: William Boekestein, Jonathan Landry, and Andrews J. Miller

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books