Title: The 10 Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them
Author: Kevin DeYoung
Publishing Year: 2018
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)
Often when you hear about the Ten Commandments today it is part of an urgent plea to hang up a picture or erect a statue of them in a public place, courthouse or classroom. After all, they are part of our Judeo-Christian tradition here in America. But, when was the last time we really studied them or thought about how they apply to our everyday lives? In this book released last year, Kevin DeYoung urges us to recall what we may have memorized years ago from a Sunday School flannelgraph and reconsider them light of how we live and serve today.
DeYoung begins with a introduction reminding us that just because these are found way back in the Old Testament, they are still vital in these New Testament times. In fact, these commands remind us about who God really is and how He is to be served. These are timeless principles. Yet, they are not steps to gain salvation or favor with God. Ultimately it is Jesus who obeys and fulfills each one perfectly and on our behalf. Then through the rest of the book, the author walks through each commandment using personal anecdotes, parallel passages and New Testament principles that help us in ultimate applying them in practical ways.
This is book is not a difficult read, but certainly challenges us with difficult and convicting reminders of what the Lord expects from us. This book serves as a reminder of some basic principles that often get neglected of forgotten.
You can purchase the book here.