Memoirs of the Way Home Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  October 21, 2013

Memoirs of the Way Home by Gerald M. BilkesThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion by Gerald M. Bilkes. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Understanding this concept of being a prodigal son and how God continues to woo His people back to Him, a concept rooted in the relationship of marriage so foundational to Scripture, is truly important even in our day and age. Bilkes does a marvelous job of engaging this all important topic, exegeting the texts of Ezra and Nehemiah in a way that brings those stories to life while relating them to the current struggles and concerns of God’s people today.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“What a wonderful study on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Mr. Bilkes has done an in depth study of these books; An excellent tool that can be used individually or in a group. complete with study questions after each reading. I would not hesitate to use this book as a main study tool in teaching my Bible studies. I like that he has chosen two books that many people skip over.”
Reviewer: MaryAnn Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversation was a great read. It took you in great detail through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah then gave the reader great application. At the end of each chapter there is also a good list of thought provoking questions. It is an easy and enjoyable read.”
Reviewer: Angela Parsley (refreshmysoulblog.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“One definitely sees the influence of Puritans upon the author, with the book’s probe of the reader’s heart and motive.”
Reviewer: Jim Lee (veritasdomain.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Professor Bilkes takes the reader on a journey beginning with the nation of Israel, held captive in a foreign land, led free at first by Ezra with subsequent waves eventually bringing Nehemiah to the home he longed to help restore. The book is littered with Scripture, both from the Old and New Testaments and testifies to the author’s thorough understanding of the subject and the significance of God’s restoring of Israel.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (declinationblog.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I can see how this would be the perfect topic of discussion for a more serious study of the Old Testament.”
Reviewer: Dianna Gardenhour (savingsinseconds.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Bilkes is successful in making these often-neglected narratives relevant to a New Testament audience by synthesizing the call of the Father to a wayward sinner with the call home to the Jews from captivity.”
Reviewer: Michael Britton (vintagecommunity.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“I still highly recommend this book as one that people who desire to dig deeper into Ezra and Nehemiah pick up and read as it contains some very valuable insight that brings glory and honor to our Lord. Also, I thought Bilkes was very successful in showing how the Israelites in the Old Testament mirrored the Younger Son in the story of the Prodigal Son (something that I had not really thought about until Bilkes drew attention to it in this book).”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Memoirs of the Way Home is a great addition for the pastor’s library or for the Christian working through Ezra and Nehemiah.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard (DougHibbard.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Bilkes’ prose is simple, clear, and pastoral. Many of the chapter-ending questions are helpful and could be put to effective use in a class or small group setting. Preachers are also likely to find nuggets here and there to incorporate into their sermons… Bilkes is to be commended for drawing attention to these less familiar books of Scripture.”
Reviewer: Charles Savelle (bibleexposition.net)
Rating: 3 Stars

“This is a great book to go with any Bible teacher teaching through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. This is also a great aide as one reads through these two books for their own devotion time. I was blessed by the reading of this book. This book is also on my top read list for this year.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It would make a great devotional book, as the chapters are relatively short and easy to read. Also, with the questions at the end of each chapter the reader can pause for more thought and reflection on the truth learned.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“if you think of devotionals as ‘Our Daily Bread‘ then stop right here and go home. Proceed no further because you’ll be overwhelmed. It’s not because Memoirs is too deep to comprehend; it’s just that you’ll choke on the meat of the Word of God presented in this book rather than the milk you’ve been accustomed to receiving. [This is not a knock against Our Daily Bread; it’s more against the mindset that says, ‘All I need in devoting myself to God every day is five minutes from one verse of Scripture, a nice illustrative story and a pithy little quote at the end.’]… This is a book I can highly commend to you.”
Reviewer: Kevin Sorensen (aclutteredmind.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“For what he sets out to do, as expressed in the sub-title, the author does a good job. If you read the book with that expectation, I think you will be pleased.”
Reviewer: Barry Simmons (journeymansfiles.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“As a reader, you will most likely see themes within the books of Ezra & Nehemiah that you may have not seen before. The author does a good job of presenting the Gospel & the person of Jesus Christ from within the framework of these two Old Testament books.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (louiszinc.tumblr.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Because the author makes it a point to continually point the reader to Jesus Christ, this book is a wonderful resource that can be used with new converts, Bible study groups, and even in a family Bible study setting.  I commend the author for tackling an often overlooked topic in Christian circles–a call to conversion.”
Reviewer: Karen Chevalier (buildingherhouse.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The title contains all of the clues to the beauty of the work, but I overlooked it, as we modern readers tend to do with titles. This is a bible study, but it is not a commentary, nor is it a classic exposition of Ezra and Nehemiah. Instead Memoirs is a study of conversion.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan (lifemoreabundant.me)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This new book on Ezra and Nehemiah by Professor Gerald M. Bilkes of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is a great snapshot of Ezra and Nehemiah in both historical and practical perspective… What was so good about this look into Ezra and Nehemiah was the way Bilkes makes these post-exilic books so contemporary to the church and its place in history.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

My favorite chapter was, “Submitting to God’s Yoke,” because it discussed how we all need to work together and it has to be everyone. In the church, nobody is too important to do the work and nobody is too insignificant. We all need to do the work. I highly recommend this book to all adults. Please have your Bibles handy, so you can read the chapter in the Bible before you read it in the book.

Reviewer: Rani Grant (christsbridge.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found Dr. Bilkes’ innovative approach to Ezra and Nehemiah both refreshing and enriching. Also, the discussion questions at the end of each chapter are excellent and thought-provoking. Though technically a commentary, this book could easily be used as bible study material, especially in churches that are in reformed camp.”
Reviewer: Clint Letterman (pastpresentblog.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is more the meat of the word instead of interaction with recent scholarship; his interaction is with the words of Jesus and the Apostles. My Pastor is teaching through the Bible and is just now finishing II Chronicles so this is next on the agenda, I just bought him a copy, I put my money where my mouth is.”
Reviewer: Richard Lucian
Rating: 5 Stars

“By breaking these ancient books down into more manageable (but still chronological) chunks, we are provided an easier group of text to digest in each chapter… you will learn (and grow) tremendously in your understanding of Ezra and Nehemiah from reading this, just be prepared to delve deep into them.”
Reviewer: Kimberly Noble (handcuffstohairbows.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I love the format of the book, as well as the content. Mr. Bilkes is a competent and effective biblical teacher. I highly recommend taking the time to both read Memoirs of the Way Home as well as the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.”
Reviewer: Becky Norton (lookingaheadtobetterdays.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Memoirs of the Way Home is a great resource for both pastors and laypeople as they study the Old Testament. The gospel is clearly seen through Gerald Bilkes’ explanation of how the books of Ezra and Nehemiah apply to us today. ”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Bilkes does a fantastic job of going through each chapter of these books and making the information easy to understand but not overwhelming. Both of these books of the Bible relate to our lives if we take the time to understand them.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Dr. Bilkes is an excellent tour guide through the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. I hope he writes in a similar fashion on more books in the Bible. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants to study these biblical authors or for anyone who longs for revival in their own life or for anyone seeking a good devotional read. Thank you Dr. Bilkes and Reformation Heritage Books for your commitment to help those of us on our spiritual pilgrimage.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand (vannostrand.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Each chapter is written for a better understanding in context, carefully explaining the historical background as the author recounts each passage of Scripture in its respective book. The Sovereign acts of God are first and foremost mentioned in respect to the events at hand and we come away with a deeper appreciation and understanding of God’s hand in both the time of Nehemiah and Ezra and in our present age.”
Reviewer: Cheryl Stansberry (CrossAndQuill.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion by Gerald M. Bilkes is available at your local Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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