In “John”, edited by Brian Chung and Brian Ye-Chung, the gospel of John is visually presented in an easy to read and ponder way with lots of white space and a friendly font. It is complemented with 14 guided meditations, similar in style to a lectio divina, which help the reader digest the scriptures and find a deeper connection to God. To this, they have added interesting visuals, related to the story being told, to pause on and spend time reflecting on the words read.

I found the structure wonderful! It helps me connected with the Bible further, builds my relationship with God and gives me a practice which brings peace and calm into my life. As a visual person, I particularly liked this new dimension to spending time contemplating Jesus’ life, miracles and love.

If you are looking for a new way to spend time in the Word, this one is for you! I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend it, it’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale.

From the back cover:

Come and experience the Scriptures in a fresh and life-giving way. In this collaboration between Alabaster Co. and IVP, the full text of the Gospel of John is presented alongside beautiful full-color photographs and fourteen guided meditations by Bible teacher, author, and spiritual director Jan Johnson. Carefully designed as a practical, study-focused version of Alabaster’s other bible books, the Alabaster Guided Meditations invite readers into deeper reflection by incorporating the church’s ancient lectio divina and visio divina traditions. Though the intersection of New Living Translation Bible passages, photography, thoughtfully designed layouts, and meditations, readers are invited to experience the Gospel of John anew.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from InterVarsity Press through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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