As a Watchman Waits...


Christian - Devotion/Study
114 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2019
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

As a Watchman Waits is a short and succinct work of Christian thinking and devotional advice, penned by author Simon Cockshutt. Designed for its readers to experience a spiritual journey with the work of the Bible as their key reference point, the volume includes many passages along with commentary and considerations by the author. The sections are designed as a kind of coffee table daily book, where small lessons can be digested and carefully thought about rather than the whole thing being read in one sitting. In this way, author Simon Cockshutt hopes to develop the reader’s thinking and approach to life with the help of guided Bible study.

I can see that this book would be very helpful for those seeking reintroduction to the faith, or those who are having a hard time and require a renewed sense of faith in their lives. For those who already feel their faith strongly, the structure of this work offers great reminders for reflection and meditation that would help bring order to even the most chaotic lifestyles. Author Simon Cockshutt is mindful of the variety of his audience, illustrating many different passages and concepts that can be applied to all different walks of life and situations. The general sense of the book is an uplifting message of hope, love, devotion and hard work which can be universally appreciated. Overall, those looking to explore the Bible and its teachings are sure to find much enlightenment in As a Watchman Waits.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

The world around us is filled with amazing things and amazing opportunities for each one of us. Only by really taking the time to explore them will anyone be able to find their true happiness and the true way of their lives. In this book, we follow the author through his journey and through his awakenings in discovering more of God. But what does it mean to understand your own story and to change in your own beliefs? Can a short guide on the spirit and meaning behind life and God truly help us to create a more grateful and loving spirit? It is something As a Watchman Waits, by Simon Cockshutt, hopes to discover.

As a Watchman Waits is a book of discovering more about God and about the life each person is meant to live. It is a story of giving thanks for the important and meaningful things that God has provided and of the ways in which he has been present throughout the Bible, in the souls and lives of the people whose stories it contains. This is a book that’s meant to be enjoyed one day at a time. It’s meant for you to read each chapter, a single page or maybe two or more, that depicts a different ideal and a different important aspect of life, followed by a prayer to God, one at a time. With As a Watchman Waits, you’ll be able to commune better with God and with yourself in a way that promotes your own inner peace and growth.

Erin Nicole Cochran

Simon Cockshutt’s devotional book, As a Watchman Waits, is full of short excerpts from the Bible mixed in with his own profound wisdom and clarifications of some of the teachings of God. Also found within is a man who exhibits exactly how he devotes his life to God in daily life as well as through short specific prayers that he shares with us to use if we should see fit. One of my favorite quotes can be found on page 33: “Faith is not a step into the dark. It is a step into the light.” It continues, going much deeper, but this resonated with me the most.

As a Watchman Waits by Simon Cockshutt opened me up a bit more to the world that is Christianity. I have always believed in God and carried on one-sided conversations with Him, but have never felt the urgency to read the Bible itself. The excerpts that were revealed in As a Watchman Waits brought me in deeper as a child of God. Cockshutt has this seemingly innate ability to bring you into Christianity and into the Bible without feeling at all like it’s a sermon. He talks to the reader as one friend would to another. His gentle tone and the bits and pieces of himself that ribbon through the book leave the reader with a well-rounded vision of who the man is and what he is at his very core, without telling his entire life story. As a Watchman Waits will make you feel as though you are closer to God. It is a book to be loved by all.