There is a series of books that I’ve seen numerous times on church book tables, but never paid much attention to them. Finally I bought the first volume, How God Used a Thunderstorm and Other Devotional Stories, to see if they were any good. It sat on my shelf for a year or two, and recently I’ve been reading it aloud with my boys during morning devotions.
I’m sorry I waited so long, and am eager to own the rest of the collection!
How God Used a Thunderstorm and Other Devotional Stories by Joel R. Beeke and Diana Kleyn, illustrated by Jeff Anderson. (Building on the Rock series) Christian Focus, 2007.
Ever wonder if it makes a difference whether you read your Bible and pray or not? The Building on the Rock Series by Joel Beeke and Diana Kleyn is a collection of short stories, based on true events, that show how God works mightily through His Word, by His Spirit, through the faithfulness and obedience of ordinary Christians. They are based on true events and have been collected from a variety of nineteenth-century sources, then retold. These stories are well-written, mightily encouraging, and the few black-and-white illustrations nicely complement the text. Excellent for reading aloud and discussion, or hand them to a pre-teen to supplement his or her devotional life. Some of the stories are better suited to older students, but all are profitable to growing in faith.
The title story is not about Martin Luther, but about a man who takes refuge during a storm and gives what money he has to the woman of the house so she can buy a Bible. Then we learn how God abundantly provides for the man’s needs, and how the woman and her neighbors are blessed. There are stories of how a child’s faith affects unbelieving parents or bear witness of Christ in difficult circumstances, and stories of elderly saints whose love for the Lord holds true to the end. What testimonies like these will we hear in heaven? As a foretaste, I highly recommend this series.