Written On Our Hearts
Invitations From The Old Testament
by Emily Freeman
by Deseret Book
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If you have ever found the Old Testament intimidating, you’re not alone. The less-familiar history, themes, and language, coupled with the length of the book, make it a difficult read for many. But author Emily Freeman loves the Old Testament, and as she shares some of the wonderful things she has learned in her study of this book of scripture, you will find yourself coming to love it too.
Written on Our Hearts is not a commentary or an intensive doctrinal study. Instead, Emily writes about the stories of the Old Testament, stories of trusting and overcoming and enduring and believing. Within these stories are all kinds of applications for the challenges we face today.
“There will come a moment in your life,” the author says, “when you or someone you love will struggle with a challenge so great you will wonder how you will make it through. In that moment you will long to better understand the Savior’s role as the Deliverer, and to do that you must go to the book of scripture that describes that role the best—the Old Testament.”
Discover the delivering power of the Lord yourself in the pages of this book—and experience the scriptures in a new, more personal way!
Review: I have never tried to tackle the Old Testament as fully and personally as Emily Freeman does in her book Written on our Hearts. Each chapter is filled with verses, stories, and practical applications of how we can use the scriptural examples of strong Biblical women and men in our own lives. She finds the many women of the Old Testament and weaves their stories to create applications in today’s world. I truly hadn’t realized how many women there are in the Bible! Emily’s deep and studious take on things helped me understand how the Old Testament applies to my life today. Each chapter is two or three pages long, just enough to get the reader thinking and to lift, inspire every day. This is a book you could take an entire year reading, little by little, drop by drop–filling your lamp with oil. I would recommend it as a thorough and practical tool for studying and enjoying the Bible, a great gift for especially the women in your life.
Thanks so much to Emily for taking the time to truly immerse herself in scripture and to Deseret Book for asking us to be a part of the blog tour. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Favorite passage: “Do you ever have one of those days when you look back and wonder if you are enough? If you gave your best? If anyone recognized your effort? Do you wonder whose team you are on? If anyone is cheering for you? On those days, maybe you could remember these verses: The Lord has chosen you because He thinks you are special. You don’t have to be more than anyone else; you can be numbered among the fewest. He will still choose you. He loves you. He won’t turn you away. The Lord, thy God, He is God, the faithful God, who has promised that you will be blessed among all people. Believe Him. There is nothing that would make Him happier than to know that you are on His team.
He know your potential.
He has chosen you.
About the Author: Emily Freeman took her first creative writing class in high school and has loved writing ever since. She finds great joy in studying the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Her deep love of the scriptures comes from a desire to find their application in everyday life. She is the author of several books, including The Ten Virgins; 21 Days Closer to Christ; and The Promise of Enough. There is nothing Emily enjoys more for breakfast than a bowl of vanilla ice cream, raspberries, and chocolate chips. Other favorites include parades, vacations, firework displays, and going for a long walk with a good friend. Emily and her husband, Greg, live in Lehi, Utah, with their four children, whom she adores.