I received a pretty good devotional book from Bethany House to review. It is called "Unashamed to Bear His Name" and is by R.T. Kendall. I knew nothing about the author before reading this book but I am always interested in new study books. The subtitle for this book is "Embracing the stigma of being a Christian" and that is definitely the main idea throughout this book. Kendall goes through many stigmas you may face when you are outspoken about your faith. These range from talking about repentance to telling people their works aren't good enough to get them into heaven to speaking in tongues.
There are many things in this book that I disagree with Kendall on (for example, I'm not quite sure I fully agree with him on the section about speaking in tongues), but the best thing about this book is that Kendall doesn't try to convince all readers to agree with him on every point. He is realistic enough to understand that there are just some things we won't agree with him on, but he makes sure to point out things which he believes but would not die for, but there are some positions he would die for. It's nice to read an author who is very firm in the things he stands for, but also understands that some people may not agree with his views.
The book was well-written and certainly required some hard thinking to read it. I like books like that because it makes you see things from a different viewpoint and really consider things in your faith. I think most people would enjoy reading this book even if they don't agree with every single point Kendall makes. I would recommend this book to people who are strong in their faith, and who can discern which things they really do agree with spiritually.
I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing Group for this review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.