Book Review: Why Christ Came

Book Review: Why Christ Came

Author: Joel R. Beeke & William Boekestein

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books

ISBN: 9781601782687

Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation

I was recently looking for some material and resources for my upcoming new devotional year. It has been my habit, that beginning with each new cycle of the liturgical calendar, I start again with a fresh Bible reading plan, participate in several devotional readings (themed to the liturgical season), and utilize the resources of several prayer books. While looking for material themed to the Advent season, I found Why Christ Came.

I have mixed feelings about this particular guide. There is nothing that I find overt disagreement within its pages, but it seems the scope of the study and accompanying reflections on the incarnation are focused in a very narrow bandwidth. I suppose that is not entirely unexpected with consideration that the book is likely tailored for those persons strictly adhering to Reformed Theology. While this is not necessarily a “turn-off” for me personally, I was expecting a more “robust dining experience” and came away feeling I was served up a well-balanced, but uninspired “hospital cafeteria meal.”

I would have loved to have experienced a more diverse palette of depictions and reflections on the substance of the incarnation. The Christian Church has been given almost two-thousand years of collective insight, varying across a broad spectrum of culture, tradition, and ethnicity. It would have been nice to draw from that deep well.

The theology and doctrine in Why Christ Came  is on point and solid as a “tulip” in appearance and smell. Again, one might not expect less, but one might also want more…



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Cross Focused Reviews to read and post a review on my site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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