Why Christ Came Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  November 4, 2013 — 1 Comment

Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the IncarnationThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation by Joel R. Beeke & William Boekestein. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“Terse yet deep with a simplistic profundity that demonstrates a careful and clinical approach to this important subject matter, Why Christ Came will provide the reader with information on that very subject in a way that will drive them to fall more in love with our Savior who came to earth out of love and obedience to the will of the Father. Understanding what that means will in turn provide that all important spark that will make you want to love God and to do His will even more.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The authors provided Scriptures for each “reason,” which I thought was important. Each chapter title was a reason that Christ came, and each title was followed by at least one verse that showed that reason. This helped the reader understand that every reason was biblical. Also, the authors wrote in a very clear and simple way. The biblical truth was deep, but it was communicated in an understandable way. These two aspects made this book successful in my opinion.”
Reviewer: Jared Bumpers (jaredbumpers.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“If you’re looking for a devotional for personal or family use to prepare yourself to worship at Christmas time, there is no better place to turn than Why Christ Came by Joel Beeke and William Boekestein. I give this book my highest recommendation for those seeking to understand the full meaning of Christmas and Christ’s first coming.”
Reviewer: Kevin Halloran (kevinhalloran.net)
Rating: 5 Stars

“intellectually stimulating and heart warming, meditative and spiritual and thoroughly grounded in the Scripture.”
Reviewer: Richard Lucian
Rating: 5 Stars

“The meditations given are rich, stimulating, thought-provoking, and most importantly, biblical truth. I love the obvious inclusion of the Gospel message. I highly recommend this book. Buy it. Read it. Then read all the books on the authors’ list of suggested reading and study the incarnation even more.”
Reviewer: Becky Norton (lookingaheadtobetterdays.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is rather cosmopolitan. It appeals to pastors and new believers alike. It can help individuals and it can aid family devotionals. The content appeals to the serious student while the brevity appeals to those that are busy. It is laced with Scripture references but the format and prose reads smooth and natural. An easy, obvious recommendation by this reviewer.”
Reviewer: Ryan Rickard (declinationblog.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“When meditating on the thirty-one points Why Christ Came, I experienced several “Aha!” moments, and my appreciation for the relationship I have with Jesus Christ expanded. This is something I’m sure the authors desire for everyone who delves into this short but pithy book. I look forward to making this book a part of our family Advent tradition for many Christmases to come.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a wonderfully comforting and encouraging book, showing God’s great love, His unimaginable goodness, and his incredible mercy to us, His people. As we are surrounded by illness, sadness, and evil in its many disguises, it is so good to remember that Christ came ‘to destroy the devil’s work’ and ‘to call sinners to repentance’.”
Reviewer: Annie Kate Aarnoutse (anniekateshomeschoolreviews.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“There is often much talk about the birth of Jesus and much can be seen during Christmastime about the manger scene and the events surrounding the infancy and childhood of Christ. Why Christ Came is a short book in which Joel R. Beeke and William Boekestein have provided Christians with short meditations on the why behind the Incarnation of Christ.”
Reviewer: Andrew Bondurant (bondurantandbooks.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The daily devotions were short and provided a plethora of Scripture, something I very much appreciate since Christ is shown all through out the Bible and not just the New Testament.”
Reviewer: Karen Chevalier (buildingherhouse.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation is a devotional-type book that deals with the “why” question of the Incarnation of Christ… it does provide the reader with 31 excellent meditations on why our Savior, whose beauty and worth is almost indescribable, came to this earth as a man.”
Reviewer: Joshua Davis (bookreviews.servantsofgrace.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I think that this is such an important topic, and there is such a need for our minds and hearts to be reoriented during this hectic holiday time, that it would be a great thing for mothers and fathers to intentionally sit down with their families for a month and lead their families to a better understanding of why Christ came and the practical implications of the incarnation of the Son of God.”
Reviewer: Zack Ford (ztford.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is definitely a book that is for all Christians, but I would certainly recommend it for new Christians. They can get 31 concrete reasons on what Christ has done for us.  Please find a copy today.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant (christsbridge.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Why Christ Came is served up in bite-size pieces. You can work through it in a month, and grow a little each day. It’s truth well-served. Every morsel starts with Scripture, and then illustrates just what that specific concept means, usually through more Scripture.”
Reviewer: Doug Hibbard (doughibbard.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Why Christ Came is an excellent Advent devotional for teens and up, and I’m adding it to my list of recommended resources for the season!”
Reviewer: Kara Haschke (homewithpurpose.net)
Rating:  5 Stars

“If you want a deeper taste of God’s pursuit for His Glory, His unmatched grace and His sovereign plan, you will treasure this book!”
Reviewer: Rachel H. (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“As I read these meditations I was reminded anew how I could study and think upon the incarnation for the rest of my life and still never plum the depths of grace and gospel that are there.  This book opened up to me afresh God’s love for sinners, God’s love for me.  Truly to meditate on the incarnation is to fall down flat upon your face in reverence before such a merciful and gracious God. Highly recommended, five stars.”
Reviewer: Alex Houston (reformed-at-last.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The goal of this book is to get you thinking more deeply about the incarnation during Christmas so that we’re focusing not just on the baby but all the reasons, benefits, and blessings that are to be had in his coming.”
Reviewer: LaRosa Johnson (urban-scholar.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Joel R. Beeke and William Boekestein have written a book that is appropriate for reflecting on the Incarnation just in time for the Christmas season…This book takes a theological approach on the Incarnation in a way that those who are new believers can read without feeling it is over their heads.”
Reviewer: Chris Land (keepingthemainthing.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Beeke is a theologian who can take complicated theology and explain it in layman’s terms, giving anyone the ability to understand…Here, Beeke takes the theme of the birth of Christ and shows that it is much more than what we think of at Christmas.”
Reviewer: Roger Leonhardt (reformedreader.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The readings are scripturally based and rich in theology and heart-felt devotion. This would be a wonderful resource for personal or family devotions not just in December but anytime of the year. I highly recommend this book.”
Reviewer: Persis Lorenti (triedbyfire.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“In the Preface, the author writes, “Learning the reasons for Christ’s advent will help us more deeply celebrate His birth, allow us to see more clearly how it is connected with the rest of His ministry, and help us understand its importance for our lives.” I think the book succeeds very well in this objective.”
Reviewer: Jeff Oien (scripturezealot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book does a great  job of providing the reader with more depth as they view the incarnation of Christ. I would highly recommend this book to all believers. This would be an excellent book for elders to give their congregations at this time of the year.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“What would be more welcome for this busy Christmas season than to rest in Christ? And that is what this book will give the willing reader.”
Reviewer: William Perkins (wdanaperkins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book is deep enough for the seasoned theologian and accessible enough for the average church attendee.”
Reviewer: Jonathan Roberts (GoodReads.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This isn’t your usual fluff devotional. I felt like I was getting a mini lecture on theology each morning yet written in a way that isn’t too academic.”
Reviewer: David Shaw (humblyservingchrist.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Each chapter is full of Scripture references, drawn from the entirety of the Bible. I’ve enjoyed reading it, and plan to read a chapter every day beginning at Thanksgiving as my first attempt at keeping Advent. I also plan to spend time praying and being thankful each day for the Lord’s coming to save me, to save us. I’m really looking forward to this!”
Reviewer: Barry Simmons (journeymansfiles.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Beeke and Boekestein hold the incarnation up to the light for the reader to see its many contours and to gaze at all of its beauty.”
Reviewer: Scott Slayton (scottslayton.net)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I’m not aware of another book like this that will offer as much ‘meat’ in a small package. As I read through it, I found myself drawn into worship of Jesus Christ, who came to save sinners, the likes of me and you. I highly commend this book to you. Get it now and prepare for one of the most meaningful Christmases you’ve ever known.”
Reviewer: Kevin Sorensen (aclutteredmind.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The 31 reasons presented in this book are fantastic and will make you so grateful for what Christ has done for you. God’s plan is amazing and it is laid out in this book. It’s a really beautiful book and will help you see the magnitude of God’s love. It’s an easy read, easy to understand, backed up by scripture and I highly recommend it to all.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Why Christ Came is a small book that might have a huge impact on your Christmas this year.”
Reviewer: Kevin Thompson (kevinjthompson.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I appreciate very much this little book and highly recommend it. Whether you are looking for a good book for advent or a good devotional or a book to help you understand the first coming of Christ, this book is for you. May you be richly blessed as you read it.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand (vannostrand.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Beeke and Boeestein explore 31 reasons Jesus came. While timely for the advent season, this book is much deeper than the Baby in the Manger.”
Reviewer: Asa Veek (worldofasa.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“using a variety of approaches and taking its lead from divine revelation in Scripture, explains why Christ came in divine power, to set things right for those whom he eternally loved and the creation over which he reigns, eventually removing all offenders and offenses to the perfect, glorious, sovereign, triune God Who is.

This is a good, useful short devotional of ~ 100 pages whose truths should be deeply and often meditated upon.”
Reviewer: Douglas Wallace (pilgrimsontheway.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Overall, this text will bless you as you prepare for the celebration of Christmas and will lead you to wonder, awe, and amazement at the coming of our King, as a baby.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (louiszinc.tumblr.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This small and readable work has a catchy cover and an inviting tone. I encourage you to pick up a copy and add it to your Christmas reading this year. It would make for a great series of family devotions or for personal devotional reading during the advent season.”
Reviewer: Bob Hayton (FundamentallyReformed.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Where to Buy:
Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation by Joel R. Beeke & William Boekestein 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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