Reviewed by Steven Farrar
In Walking in Truth and Love, David Mulready confronts readers with the amazing power of God’s word in the letters of John as we move through Lent and into Easter.
This book contains 40 short daily Bible readings, and accompanying devotions which, for me, have provided a welcome opportunity to meditate and reflect on the themes of truth and love as Easter approaches. Sprinkled throughout these ‘morsels’, which could easily fit into anyone’s daily routine, are ‘homely’ illustrations which helpfully challenge and warn.
David Mulready faithfully leads readers through John’s letters, which major on the twin themes of belief and behaviour, and highlight the identity and work of Jesus as the Son of God. They also emphasise the importance of the practical outworking of love for one another, reminding us that faith and obedience need each other. In all, David does not seek to be clever with the text, but allows it to speak for itself.
The overall compilation is well set out and easy to read, giving a set of searching questions at the end of each week, and six sermon outlines which are helpful especially for the lay preacher.
While some of us may not be so readily disposed towards ecclesiastical seasons and times, we would do well to recognise that the 40 days of Lent (leading up to Easter) can provide a helpful incentive for disciplined personal Bible reading and reflection.
These devotions are a fantastic opportunity for readers to strengthen their ability to walk faithfully in the truth of Jesus. I warmly commend Walking in Truth and Love for personal use or for group discussion.