ESV Devotional Psalter
Like I’ve stated before, I’m a sucker for good typography and a beautiful cover. I literally will judge a book by it’s cover. Crossway recently released an ESV Devotional Psalter that looked awesome. Well, I went ahead and got one. It never hurts having a devotional based on Psalms.
I got the tru-tone walnut portfolio, whatever that means, and it looks great. Here’s what the cover looks like:
It looks like a lot of the Crossway ESV Bibles, but a little smaller. The one thing that I really like about it is the pages. The paper isn’t as thin as a normal Bible, it’s more akin to a normal book. You can see it in the picture here:
I really like it so far. I don’t have many strictly devotionals. I usually just read from the Bible, but I wanted to have a little bit more direction. I just finished reading Philippians so I’m excited about going through this. You can never read the Psalms too many times.
The New City Catechism Devotional
When I was younger I memorized catechism for my private school. I’m pretty sure it was the Shorter Catechism. Catechism is a series of questions and answers that help you understand, learn and have a greater understanding of your faith. It’s an older tradition for sure. We’ve largely lost this tradition, but I really like it. New City Catechism builds on the old catechisms and does a slight update. It was made to be 52 questions to match 52 weeks in a year. Here’s how Crossway describes the devotional:
Each question features a relevant Scripture reading, a short prayer, and a devotional commentary written by contemporary pastors (including John Piper, Timothy Keller, and Kevin DeYoung) and historical figures (such as Augustine, John Calvin, Martin Luther, and many others). Designed for use in a variety of contexts, The New City Catechism Devotional is a valuable resource for helping believers learn and meditate on the doctrines that stand at the heart of the Christian faith.
They have the book with the questions and answers for $8 and the devotional for about $20. They also have an incredible app that has the questions and answers on it. It’s a really well designed app.
I haven’t started this yet. I’m not sure how I’m going to go through this. Not sure if I’m going to do 1 devotion a week in it or just start going through it every day. I would love to memorize the New City Catechism though. It’s a great foundation to have.
Like all Crossway books it’s a beautiful book. Take a look: