R.T. Kendall’s book, These Are the Days of Elijah: How God Uses Ordinary People to Do Extraordinary Things, is both conversational and in depth, like sharing coffee and conversation with a favorite Sunday School teacher. While the overarching theme of the book is indeed how God can use ordinary people (like Elijah and us) to do extraordinary things, the book isn’t really topical in nature. He walks step by step through the life of Elijah as outlined in Scripture and covers topic as they fit into the account.
Each chapter is loosely thematic, but really includes a variety of insights and applications from those particular events. This made the book, at times, seem choppy and hard to connect with, but at the same time made the life of Elijah relevant to us, addressing issues of depression, preparation for ministry, reliance on the Holy Spirit and perseverance in prayer. When read more as a casual commentary and Bible study, the book is informative with a significant focus on Scripture, while remaining accessible for the average lay person. Long-term Christians who know the story of Elijah well already might not find much here that is new or eye-opening, but it will be encouraging nonetheless.
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