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For the Love of God: Volume Two: A Daily Companion for Discovering the Riches of God's Word: 2 (For the Love of God)

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In a world that views absolute truth, right and wrong, and salvation as being subject to individual interpretation, the Bible's unwavering proclamations and miraculous stories seem obsolete in modern times. But it is not God's Word that has changed. Indeed, its relevancy and its power to transform lives are intact. What has changed is the number of people who consult it. N ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published July 10th 2006 by Crossway Books (first published September 30th 1998)
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Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the Love of God is the best devotional out there. 2016 was volume 1, 2017 volume 2. Honestly, nothing beats the M'Cheyne reading plan. I felt motivated every morning to read the Bible because of it. Some mornings felt quite lengthy to sit down and do the readings and then read Carson's meditation. Nevertheless, his mediations are full of so much wisdom and elaborate research.
Mike Knox
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is a devotional companion that I can stick to! And better yet, it is currently one of two volumes, and word has it that Carson is working on Volumes 3 and 4.

As Carson notes in the preface, many devotional guides will have you read a handful of verses here and some personal gems there. Both the selection of readings and the application comments made on them may well provide encouragement to the Christian, “but they do not provide the framework of what the Bible says—the ‘plotline’ or ‘storyl
Karen Storey
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**Update** 1/1/16 Now beginning my second year of reading this devotional and the assigned bible readings each morning. This greatly enriched my studying of the Bible last year -- look forward to learning even more from it this go-round!

2/10/15: This is a daily devotional which involves a brief lesson from the author before a reading assignment of either two or four different passages, depending on how much of the Bible you wish to read within a year. I'm taking the four-passage path, so I'll b
Jonathan Roberts
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2013
I loved having DA Carson as my constant companion each morning as we read through God's Word! In hindsight I would have read the Bible on the two year plan instead of the one year plan in the book, but that's my fault not this book's fault. Each day you get a short reading about one of the assigned passages, very helpful and insightful!
Kevin Vigneault
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Companion

This book puts you on a great reading plan for the Bible and then encourages, clarifies and convicts you through pointing you back to the text and the history surrounding the text.
David Sarkies
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Christians
Recommended to David by: David Broxy
Shelves: christian
Don Carson's sequel
17 December 2012

This is the second volume of Don Carson's daily Bible reading plan based on the the same complex system that the previous volume was based upon. The only difference between the two books is that he writes a brief outline of a different passage from the previous book. I sort of wondered why he did not write a third and a forth book in the series, but then since Carson is one of those academics that seems to constantly churn out books it is likely that once he f
Tim Casteel
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Daily devotions/commentary from D.A. Carson to read alongside read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan. Can’t recommend these two volumes highly enough! Transformed my quiet times. Perfect (short!) length to give a little insight to daily Bible reading.
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Christians looking for a good devotional book
Helpful and insightful companion to the Bible. Uses the M'Cheyne reading plan which takes you through OT and Psalms+NTx2. D.A. Carson is grounded and sober-minded and I learn a lot by reading his thoughts. The plan itself is very good and it's quite something to end the year on the end of the kings (2 Chron 34), the end of the prophets (Mal 4), the immediate aftermath of the resurrection, or the end of the old covenant (John 21), and the restoration of all things, or the end of days (Rev 22). I ...more
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This devotional offers you an in depth read through God's word and the historical events taking place surrounding the scripture. The American Theology experience can lead one to read the bible in a quest for what's in it for "me" (the m&m gospel - more and more for me and mine) but this takes that m&m gospel and flips it upside down to form the w&w gospel (God's word for the world). In order to follow and obey God, one must come to know Him. This devotional will take you through the ...more
Mike E.
May 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is volume 2. See my review above. I would purchase this one first since it alone has a useful Scripture and subject index that covers both volumes. At some point Carson says that he will be coming out with two additional volumes. I recommend not buying the paperback editions as they do not hold up and this will go with you on vacations, etc. If you want to test this out for free via email you can subscribe to the reading by sending an empty email to
Aug 24, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-study
This is one of two volumes where D.A. Carson takes you through the whole Bible in one year (and the Psalms and New Testament twice in that year). He follows the reading plan of Robert Murray M'Cheyne (a very influential Scottish pastor who died at the age of 30 in 1843). There are four different passages to read each day and each day Carson picks one passage to write a one page reflection on. If you've never read through the whole Bible, this is a really great way to do it.
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bible, devotional
This is very good. But it errors on the informational versus inspirational side. Some may perceive this as boring but Carson is teaching you how to understand the Bible as much as seeking to form your soul. He leaves the word to do that, and simply gives you a Biblical survey approach so that you see how the whole Bible fits together. This way you will feel the full weight if the character of God and examen yourself, whether you really do trust him or not.
Anastasia Tuckness
I've been reading these two books on and off for devotionals to go with my Bible reading plan for years now. I am thrilled to now have this book on the Kindle app on my iPod Touch so I can read it in tandem with reading the Bible on my Tecarta app on my iPod Touch. Technology is a wonderful thing sometimes!

These books are a great way to go deeper into the Bible text every day. Carson is an excellent writer and always pulls out some new insights from the text.
Justin Low
Jan 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Definitely appreciate and recommend this as a daily devotional. it is a slog (being a "bible in a year" plan) but if that's what you want give it a go!
Eric Molicki
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-life
One of the best devotional series out there.
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Bryan McWhite
Jul 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic daily devotional in the form of commentary on one text from Scripture each day. A fantastic companion to a yearly Bible reading plan. This is part 2 of 2.
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Will try something else in 2017 but this is the best daily Bible reading plan/devotional I have found.
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Bible-reading plan!
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you want to know God deeper in your Christian faith in a devotional manner without sacrificing biblical depth and faithfulness, Carson's 2 vol. series, I believe, are the best.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great commentary.
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D.A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1978. Carson came to Trinity from the faculty of Northwest Baptist Theological Seminary in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he also served for two years as academic dean. He has served as assistant pastor and pastor and has done itinerant ministry in Cana ...more
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