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. He has discovered in the Minor Prophets a storehouse of wisdom and inspiration essential for continued growth in faith, obedience, and understanding.
In Minor Prophets for Living, Lanier takes us to a portion of the Bible often overlooked in devotional and inspirational literature, showing how the prophets of Israel and Judah have much to teach us today. For each day of the year, Lanier reflects on the words of these ancient prophets, relates their messages to the struggles facing believers today, and concludes with a prayer connected to the day’s insights. His engagement with the Minor Prophets offers fellow Christians the opportunity to receive the gifts of grace and guidance that come from daily immersion in Scripture.
As a scholar with a great love for the Old Testament, I very much appreciate Mark Lanier’s superb book on the Minor Prophets. Mark is a well-informed and seasoned exegete, and his book brings forth fresh, honest, and practical insights from his study of Scripture that encourage, challenge, and inspire. This book is a tremendous spiritual treasure!~Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University
Mark Lanier has done it again with yet another set of 365 thoughtful devotionals, this time based on the Minor Prophets. Many readers who open the Bible often skip (or even miss!) these ‘often lesser-read books’. Though as the author demonstrates, there are so many lessons to be learned from God’s word delivered to these individuals (Hosea through Malachi). The messages were first heard long ago by the people of ancient Israel, and yet they continue to echo and resonate in our lives still today—especially with Lanier as your personal and spiritual guide on the journey bridging the millennia.~Gary Rendsburg, Distinguished Professor and Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History, Rutgers University
If I’m honest, it’s rare to find careful exegetical insight in a devotional format that real people want to read. Lanier has served up a daily dose of commentary on the Minor Prophets—books of major importance, far too frequently neglected and misunderstood—that connects to daily life. Twelve books in twelve months, what a worthwhile investment!~Brittany N. Melton, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Regent College