Although we may go to bed at night believing the gospel, we wake up every morning needing to hear it again. Yet most of us don’t have time to dive into a lengthy commentary on the book of Romans—the book Paul wrote in order to showcase the glorious riches of the gospel.
Thankfully seasoned counselor and author Elyse Fitzpatrick makes the message of Romans readily accessible in 31 devotional-like chapters on what Martin Luther called “the very purest Gospel.” Perfect for even the busiest of us, Elyse helps us grasp the practicality of the gospel message and experience the deep comforts articulated in the book of Romans.
- Comfort from Romans
I love Elyse Fitzpatrick & all her writing; I just did not like the voice of the woman reading; she was distracting I'm sorry to say.
Fitzpatrick opens the book with a quote from Martin Luther about the importance of the truths contained within the book of Romans, and that the book is so important that it should be our daily bread of our souls. It is with this beginning that she points to how often she needs to hear the Gospel, and how quickly she loses sight of Him and focuses on Facebook instead. The world is tugging at us in so many different directions, and it can be easy to lose sight of what's truly important. Fitzpatrick asserts that when she fails to read the Gospel, she hungers spiritually. Despite this hunger, she gets distracted and despairs out of hunger as a result of filling her soul with things other than HaShem.
Gilbert's narration has always been a mark of excellence, and this endeavor is no different. Gilbert illuminates the text and gives our ears the inflection and understanding they need to hear the author's truest intent. Poetic and spaced, Gilbert's reading of the book allows the listener to tune in and sit back. Perhaps the only struggle with the narration is that it requires one to focus intently on the subject matter, but that is not a fault of the narrator, as the content is one of focus.
Not best for background audio while driving, this audiobook fits a Sunday afternoon while leaning back in a chair on the patio, sweet tea and Bible in hand as the birds chirp in the distance. Yes, it's that kind of book. That kind of book precisely.
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- The Gospel In Simple Form
Comforts from Romans by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick is a detailed yet easy to understand daily devotional about the Gospel and everything related to it as reflected in the book of Romans. It presents the gospel in easy to understand portions intended to be listened to and mediated on one a day for 31 days.
Each chapter focuses on a portion of scripture from Romans and describes in detail how it relates to the overall gospel and applications for believers today. I found it very easy to understand and I learn quite a lot about the book even after reading through it many times over the years.
The narration was very good as usual. I have heard audio book from Tavia before and she never fails to deliver quality audio and makes it a joy to listen.
This book would be great for any believer who wants to learn more about the gospel but doesn't want to spend years studying the book of Romans by themselves. It would also be a great introduction to new believers or people who are wondering about the gospel.
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- Comforting reminder
This was a very enjoyable book. I felt I learned more about the book of Romans and did get comfort from it (as the title says). I liked that the chapters were short and focused on only a tiny piece of scripture. It really helped me to think about what the verse was saying to break it up like this. I recommend this book for you. This serves as a great reminder to me of what Christ did for me.
Also, the narrator Tavia Gilbert was enjoyable to hear. She had the right voice for this book I thought.
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- Gospel-Centered Themes for Comfort we all need
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I am so thankful for solid biblical works like these. In this devotional, Elyse (NANC counselor and acclaimed author) brings the message of the Gospel in an expositional daily review. With humor and authenticity, this work will take you day-by-day through the preaching the Gospel to yourself.
Taking a strong doctrinal book of the Bible like Romans and breaking it down into bite size daily meditation pieces is a challenge for any scholar, however, Elyse does a great job in bringing gospel-centered themes from a verse-by-verse perspective. This book was very interesting to me in that I love the book of Romans, strong biblical scholarly works and anything by my NANC certified brothers and sisters. Elyse does a great job of challenging, inspiring, and enlightening us to what the Gospel is daily and is sure to be something that I recommend visiting often. I was also struck by Elyse’s commentary of sci-fi, fantasy and other real life illustrations to drive points home and reflects a great contextual discipler and evangelist.
As with anything that Elyse writes and does, she causes you to think, meditate, and contemplate the gospel through the lens of her own struggles and authenticity. This is so refreshing in a world of grit-your-teeth Christianity and she pulls it off well. Elyse also presents the book of Romans and her meditations in a cohesive and yet appealing personal manner. Elyse also successfully conveys biblical truth because her work is based on biblical truth/scripture so it is kind of hard to mess that up. In a publishing world that is flourishing with fluff, you will not find that in this work. I would highly recommend this work to anyone who wants to take a journey through Romans, be reminded of the Gospel, and most importantly, to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
- Practical Romans
The book of Romans is a very practical book. It just isn’t usually taught in a practical, application-focused way because authors and preachers get too caught up in the heaviness of the doctrine and the complexity of Paul’s courtroom-style arguments. Elyse M. Fitzpatrick avoids these traps nicely in the breezy-yet-meaty devotional, Comforts from Romans.
In this 31-day devotional, she walks through the first eight chapters of Romans, respecting the unfolding drama of Paul’s expert argument, but still keeping her eye on the prize. The prize is reminding the reader over and over, like a glorious broken record, of the breathtaking wonder of God and the gospel Jesus Christ. What a refreshing drink of water this book is!
The best sections, in my opinion, are her description of the perfect, obedient life of Jesus Christ, and her treatise on Paul’s view of baptism in Romans 6. I got the impression a couple times that I am not Fitzpatrick’s target audience for this book, which seems to be directed more at women. This isn’t overtly stated, but some of her illustrations seem more focused to the feminine. I don’t mind this one bit, but it seemed like an observation I should mention.
I highly recommend this book for any who have been intimidated about studying Romans in the past. Comforts from Romans would be a great book to study and discuss with another person. Tavia Gilbert does her usual great job of narrating, making the audiobook version a joy to listen to.
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- Gospel, Gospel, Gospel!
Counselor and author Elyse Fitzpatrick's devotional study of the book of Romans. The book is broken up into 32 daily meditations, each under 10 minutes, as well as an introduction and appendices. Fitzpatrick's focus is on, well, the Gospel--specifically, the finished work of Christ on the cross. In fact, she focuses so much on Christ's finished work that she winds up sounding (at least to this recovering legalist) borderline antinomian. Not explicitly antinomian, mind you--she is adamant that the completeness of Christ's work in freeing us from the law should not result in lawlessness. But she is clearly focused on undoing the evils of legalism and salvation by works, the earning of God's favor by our own efforts. And good on her for taking that bull by the horns. But as someone who is all to willing to tolerate my own sin, I know I need a good kick in the pants and a healthy dose of teaching on how to fight the sin from which I have been set free.
To be fair, Fitzpatrick tries to offer teaching on this subject. But her examples--parking in a 'no parking at night' zone--leave much to be desired. If Jesus died so that I no longer have to obey the parking rules, why shouldn't I 'honor' Him by parking wherever I want in a demonstration of the freedom He's given me? But sin is not merely a violation of some silly 'malum prohibitum' rule--it is inherently wrong, and it's wrongness does not change just because of my salvation. I am free from the law--yes! But the law is still a reflection of the character of the God who bought me, and I must strive to honor Him by obeying it. Of course, I don't actually strive. I've much too lazy and self-satisfied for that. But I should. Not because I am earning my salvation. But because my obedience--made possible by His grace and strength--brings glory to the God I love. All of which Fitzpatrick agrees with ... I just would have liked more focus on how to fight sin well. Still, I don't think anything she said was wrong, and all in all, this is a very helpful review of the Gospel.
And unlike the rather in-your-face titling of books like What is the Gospel? or Am I Really a Christian?, Fitzpatrick chose a much more innocuous title. This means that you could easily gift this book to someone who (perhaps mistakenly) self-identifies as a Christian without proclaiming straight-off your doubts about their salvation. If the recipient is a Christian, then Fitzpatrick's meditations will be a great encouragement and reminder of the Gospel that is so dear to Christians. If the recipient is not a Christian, at least they will hear an explicit presentation of the Gospel. Every day. For 32 days.
Narrator Tavia Gilbert (who, according to Audible, has quite a collection of audiobooks under her belt, of both the Christian and the ... well, whatever the word is for 'half-naked dude on the cover') does an excellent job here, investing the text with a warmth and enthusiasm that fits well with the celebratory nature of the work. Fitzpatrick is encouraging her readers to savor the Gospel, and Gilbert's tone suits this purpose down to the ground. And at less than 10 minutes a section, the book works well as a daily devotional for those on the go--it fits easily into most commutes or even a brief mid-morning coffee break.
Recommended for those looking for a good daily meditation on the Gospel, or as a gift for those who may need a clearer understanding of the Gospel they claim to believe.
(I received this audiobook for free from ChristianAudio.com in connection with their Reviewer program. I was not required to write a positive review.)
- Living Theology!
Wow! What a great audiobook!
The book of Romans is probably the clearest presentation of the Gospel in the entire Bible. A person could spend years and still not exhaust it's depths. For years, I have collected commentaries on this epistle. When I saw there was an audio version of this one, I was very interested.
At first, I was a little reluctant to read it. The design of the cover made it seem like it was written exclusively for women. I was so wrong!
It consists of small chucks of theology in devotional form. There are 31 chapters. In each chapter, Fitzpatrick focuses on the subject of each passage.
Normally, I do not care for devotionals. Many seem like fluff with a scripture added at the end. That was not the case here. I can only describe this book as "Living Theology". Each day takes you from doctrine to application. The focus on each subject keeps you interested. If you use it as a devotional, you will find yourself so interested that you move to the next day ahead of time.
It was a great read, or in my case "listen". The audio part of the book is as good as the material itself. Many books are good, but the narration does not do the writing justice. I have listened to hundreds of audio books over the years and Tavia Gilbert is one of the best narrators I have heard. I even searched for other books she has narrated.
I highly recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book, free of charge, from Christianaudio.com and Crossway books, in exchange for an honest review.