A trial lawyer by trade, a Christian by heart—author Mark Lanier has trained in biblical languages and devoted his life to studying and living the Bible. Living daily with the demands of his career and the desire for a godly life, Lanier recognizes the importance and challenge of finding daily time to spend in God’s Word. His study of the first five books of the Bible—the Torah, the Law—has brought Life to his life.
In Torah for Living, Lanier shares a year’s worth of devotionals—one for each day of the year. In each devotional, Lanier reflects on the biblical text, relates the text to the struggles facing faithful readers of the Bible, and concludes with a prayer for the day.
The same God who gave us Torah in the thirteenth century BC sits on the throne today. He was the same God of lovingkindness then as now. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that He did not become someone else when the New Testament came into being. Yet, few Christians know or understand the God of the Law. In these brief devotions, renowned lawyer Mark Lanier has condensed without oversimplifying. He has not sought to answer all the questions—instead, he has left us with better ones.~Michael Card, Bible teacher, author, and musician
In this truly original book, Mark Lanier adapts the Jewish system to the Christian calendar, reflecting on the entire Torah in a sustained fashion as he moves from January 1 to December 31, day after day, passage after passage. On every page, Lanier brings fresh insights to the Torah, with special attention to how these ancient texts continue to convey meaning to readers today.~Gary Rendsburg, Blanche and Irving Laurie Professor of Jewish History, Rutgers University
Far too many contemporary Christians erroneously equate the Jewish Law on the one hand with an arid legalism on the other. In Torah for Living, Mark Lanier, a successful trial lawyer and an accomplished Bible teacher, counters this facile assumption and releases readers from a prison of misapprehension by offering thoughtful, insightful daily readings from the Pentateuch. Those who mull over Lanier’s meditations will be able to see for themselves why the psalmist could exclaim, ‘Oh, how I love your law!’ and may well end up saying the same thing themselves!~Todd D. Still, Charles J. and Eleanor McLerran DeLancey Dean & William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary at Baylor University
Mark Lanier has provided us with a devotional based on the Torah that will bring you closer to God. I am overwhelmed with Mark’s knowledge of and insight into Scripture and how it changes our lives. He writes in a way that not only informs our intellect but warms our hearts.~Tremper Longman III, Distinguished Scholar and Professor Emeritus, Westmont College