Book Review – Unto the Hills by Billy Graham

Unto the Hills: A Daily Devotional is a compilation of devotions written by the revered pastor Billy Graham.  The format is simple and effective with one page devotions for each day of the year, divided into sections by each month. 

The devotions begin with the date, followed by a focus verse, the devotion, and end with a prayer.  The devotion itself typically starts with a story that is related to a biblical principle (and sometimes vice versa).  Some of the devotions have a beautiful simplicity about them, some are convicting, and some provide reflective challenge.  In this set of devotions, one of Graham’s strong points is in being able to give examples or direction in applying a truth about faith to our everyday lives.  The prayers sum up the devotions quite well, and lead the reader to focusing back to God, the source of all wisdom and guidance.

I would have loved to see a topical index in the back to be able to look up a particular devotion by subject. (Example: If I wanted to read a devotion on praising in the midst of trouble, then I could look up “praising in trouble” or something of the sort and find the devotion from January 30th.  Or if I was searching for something on producing the fruit of the Spirit, I could look up “fruit of the Spirit” and find the devotion from July 21st.)  I imagine having such an index would be very time-consuming and probably difficult to organize well, but it would be a useful resource.  Beyond that, I enjoy and am thankful for this inspiring and thoughtful set of devotions.

Questions for you: Do you like the daily devotional format?  What’s one of your favorite daily devotional compilations?

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