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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 45.
- Review Date: 2007-10-29
- Reviewer: Staff
Morgan (Then Sings My Soul; The Children’s Daily Devotional Bible) devotes his pastoral heart to the well-known New Testament verse Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.” First Morgan puts the verse in context and then dissects it phrase by phrase. He puts emphasis on the “fine print” fact that this verse isn’t “for universal distribution without conditions,” but is instead “only for those who meet the requirement of loving God.” Morgan moves beyond this oft-quoted passage to delve into the verses that follow, spending time on issues such as predestination and justification until concluding with Paul’s final words in Romans 8, “the most soaring, breathtaking poetry in all his writings.” Morgan also looks closely at verses in Genesis and Ephesians that add depth and detail to the Romans passage. He sprinkles real-life examples and hymn texts throughout, creating a Bible study book that is both profound and simple, loving and firm, hopeful and helpful. We have, says Morgan, “a God-given assurance that every single circumstance will sooner or later turn out well for those fully committed to Jesus Christ.” (Feb.)