Book Review: Awakening Faith by James Stuart Bell

In Awakening Faith, James Stuart Bell has compiled a devotional collection of deeper insights about life and faith. In an age of pithy sayings and catch phrases, we often hunger for something with more substance to challenge our souls. This one year devotional does just that while remaining very readable.


Each of the three hundred and sixty-six one-page readings is taken from the earliest teachers and writers of Christianity, those widely considered the Church Fathers. While the diligent student will certainly find some discrepancy in doctrines between these Church Fathers and the disciples who pioneered the New Testament Church, he will also find some great nuggets of wisdom and spiritual insight.

If you have ever been interested in studying early Christianity but are not sure where to start, this devotional may offer some insight. It includes writings from over seventy Christians from the first eight decades of Christianity. It also includes a brief biographical sketch of each of these early Christians.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a devotional that is more than feel-good fluff, but truly challenges and inspires the soul.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the® book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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