Prophet on the Run Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  February 10, 2014 — Leave a comment

Prophet On The Run by Baruch MaozThis week the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Prophet on the Run: A Devotional Commentary on the Book of Jonah by Baruch Maoz. Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“The Book of Jonah is far more than just a neat little Sunday School story about how a guy from long ago ran from God and found himself as a result in the belly of a large fish. While that is certainly an aspect of the story, what is demonstrated by Maoz in Prophet on the Run is how Jonah relates to the grander biblical drama and message. Jonah in part reflects the character traits of us all and Maoz aptly demonstrates how the Book of Jonah speaks to such issues in our own lives. Practical in tone and approach and replete with timeless biblical truths useful for scholar and laymen alike, this book will be helpful to anyone desiring to work their way through Jonah.”
Reviewer: Michael Boling (IntelMin.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

Prophet on the Run models the humble exposition of Scripture in a way sure to benefit readers willing to learn from its example.”
Reviewer: David Hodges (piouseye.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“I typically do not read many devotionals, mainly because many are limited to a page or two a day and I tend to read more than that, not because I see no value in them. I was however, thoroughly blessed by this short book and would highly recommend it to any believer as it provides a helpful look at the book of Jonah.”
Reviewer: Joey Parker (parkerjreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This is a small but mighty book, it is uncomplicated in its writings, very easy to understand and a quick read. I can appreciate how the verses are broken down, and given thought provoking questions. This book would make an excellent study for oneself or in a group setting.”
Reviewer: MaryAnn Bell (proverb31titus2godlybookreviews.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Maoz’ approach to expounding on the book of Jonah is refreshingly simple, in that it points us to our own lives. How are we like Jonah? How are we like the people of Nineveh? What is God using to bring us to obedience?”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain (thenerdybookworm.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Jonah is not one of my favorite Bible stories, but if you want to peel back the story even further, then I do recommend this book. It is readable, convicting and insightful.”
Reviewer: Heather Dannewitz (brokenathisfeet.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book with the caveat that the reader should be mindful of Mr. Maoz’s literary liberty with the scriptural text and be discerning of his prescriptive suggestions made from a narrative passage.”
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff (bethsaathoff.blogspot.com)
Rating: 3 Stars

“The idea of a devotional commentary was an unexpected pleasure and I have truly enjoyed the study. If you are looking for a new look at Jonah, this book is for you. I recommend it to Christians everywhere.”
Reviewer: Donna Safford (bookworm56.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“After reading this commentary, I will never think of Jonah’s story in quite the same way again. I’ve realized the story is not about Jonah after all. It is about God. He never gave up on Jonah or Ninevah. Thumbs up for a great book.”
Reviewer: Beverly Terry (beverlylynnt.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The exciting adventure of Jonah’s life comes alive, touches the heart and challenges our own present day struggles… This book is not only an enjoyable read,  but a challenging devotional and a great tool for evangelism and bible study ministry.”
Reviewer: Christy Toh (christytoh.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“It is a short, yet thorough and excellent practical commentary on Jonah by Baruch Maoz. I am enamored by it and highly recommend it. Though he “sacrificed the English to serve the Hebrew,” he made it a fresh reading of a familiar book. Also, the summary bullet points at the end of each chapter are very helpful and useful.”
Reviewer: Ben Toh (ubfriends.org)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Written without the baggage of heavy theological jargon or scholastic complexity, Moaz has written a very readable and practical book for laypersons to learn with.”
Reviewer: Conrade Yap (booksaint.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“God put this story in the Bible for our benefit but unless we are Hebrew we miss out on the treasures. This book is translated from Hebrew so the nuggets jump out at us!”
Reviewer: Val Belley (wise-like-solomon.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“Expect great things from this small book. Prophet on the Run is deep and has the power to convict the reader strongly- no matter where they stand in their walk of faith.”
Reviewer: Marjolaine Belley (mazzoumemories.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

Prophet on the Run is first, and foremost, a devotional look at one of the seemingly least devotional books in scripture.”
Reviewer: Coralie Cowan (lifemoreabundant.me)
Rating: 5 Stars

Prophet on the Run is a very successful devotional style commentary on Jonah which accomplishes its goal of stirring up in its readers a desire to dig deeper into Jonah.”
Reviewer: Josh Davis (ServantsOfGraceBookReviews.org)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found this book to be very helpful in making the Jonah story easy to understand.”
Reviewer: Dianna Gardenhour (savingsinseconds.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“To me the greatest merit of this book was that it drew me into the life of Jonah and made me think about how I am also reluctant in many ways but warts and all God wants to use me to reach others with the gospel of Jesus.”
Reviewer: Richard Lucian
Rating: 4 Stars

“This commentary does a good job of placing the story in its appropriate place in the history of redemption, foreshadowing a greater prophet to come who will extend salvation to all nations.”
Reviewer: William Perkins (wdanaperkins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about their own Christian walk.”
Reviewer: Martin Pitcher (nauvoopastor.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Anyone who wants to dig deeper into Jonah will be pleased that they chose this book.”
Reviewer: Mike Tiede (VickiTiede.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I found Mr. Maoz’s writing style to be clear and engaging. In places, he reminded me of D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. He writes with spiritual soberness and pastoral sensitivity. I started this book with the desire to know more about God and the book of Jonah. Not only has my desire been met but my appreciation for this story of God and his prophet has been deepened.”
Reviewer: Cliff VanNostrand (vannostrand.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“The book is short and solely an overview. If anything, it should whet one’s appetite to further delve into the account of Jonah more fully. The author has an easy and engaging style of writing which makes this a valuable resource for any layperson to use.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola (daysnthoughts.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Baruch Maoz, the author, has provided a devotional commentary that is a home-run in the hands of the lay-person. Maoz’ text is rich in theology but rich in practicality and readability. What Maoz has done with this devotional commentary is, he has put the ball in the hands of the everyday church member and they are now without excuse for studying the depths of the book of Jonah.”
Reviewer: Louis Zinc (louiszinc.tumblr.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is a wonderful commentary on Jonah that brings together the beauty of Jonah and the profound nature of the God we serve. I think any who pick up this book will be bountifully blessed by reading it.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummings (spencerdeancummins.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I thought Prophet on the Run, by Baruch Maoz was a thought provoking book and I learned how important it is to listen when God speaks to me… This is an important book for everyone to read and learn from.  I highly recommend it.
Reviewer: Rani Grant (christsbridge.blogspot.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“In “Prophet on the Run”, Maoz delivers an excellent commentary on the culture and theology of Jonah as well as a devotional to help you get more out of the message of the book. Maoz breaks Jonah into seven parts, gives a brief commentary and application for your life. Discussion questions at the end of each chapter are useful in personal study or in a group setting.”
Reviewer: Jill Jones (iambelievinggod.wordpress.com)
Rating: 5 Stars

“A devotional but not a devotional; a commentary but not a commentary. Baruch Maoz beautifully and practically breaks down this book showing amazing jewels within.”
Reviewer: Jennifer King (worthabowedhead.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This is an excellent book about the prophet, Jonah.  The author’s unique insight into the Hebrew text makes this extra special… I quite highly recommend this book. It is scholarly, yet an easy read.”
Reviewer: Melissa Merritt (clothedwithscarlet.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“A short little book, this is extremely thought-provoking.  I think that most people who grew up in church will know the story of Jonah, but I guarantee that you probably didn’t think about it in the way that this author presents! ”
Reviewer: Krysta Osweiler (bookreviewsbykrysta.wordpress.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I enjoyed Maoz’s unique perspective on the story of Jonah’s attempt to escape the will and plan of God for both his life and the lives of those in Nineveh, much of which I had never personally ever considered.”
Reviewer: Jaydie Sarsfield (savedtoserveafrica.yolasite.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

“What Maoz wants to do in this book is good and more writers need to produce work in this genre, as most works on biblical books tend to be strictly commentary or devotional thoughts divorced from the biblical text.”
Reviewer: Scott Slayton (scottslayton.net)
Rating: 3 Stars

“There is so much to learn from this story of Jonah. Maoz brought up so many good points throughout this book that will really help open your eyes to the beauty of this well-known story.”
Reviewer: Amanda Talbert (thetalbertreport.blogspot.com)
Rating: 4 Stars

Where to Buy:
Prophet on the Run: A Devotional Commentary on the Book of Jonah by Baruch Maoz 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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