Encountering Christlikeness

Devotional Portraits of Christ-Like Behavior

Christian - Devotion/Study
119 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2024
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Author Biography

With a unique blend of storytelling and Bible exposition, Brad Simon has shared God’s Word for over forty-five years. His passion is to inspire and encourage Christians to grow in their faith and walk closer with the Lord. Brad is the author of the Encounters In Scripture devotional series and is the featured Bible Teacher on Monday Morning Inspiration podcast. He is also a frequent contributor to Refresh Bible Study Magazine and BibleStudyTools.com.

Brad is founder and director of Christian Growth Ministry, working to encourage believers to mature in their walk with Christ, grow in their faith, and serve in ministry, all for the glory of God.

Brad is a retired Master Jeweler. He relies on the God-given creativity that won him several national and international jewelry design awards to craft Biblical Narratives and Life Stories that are engaging and thought-provoking. Once a speaker, author, publisher, and trainer for the jewelry industry, now he is putting those skills to work to promote the beauty and appeal of God’s Word.

Originally from Illinois, Brad and his wife Debbie have made Spartanburg, South Carolina, their home for the past twenty-eight years. They are proud parents of two sons (one married) and two grandsons. His one guilty pleasure is being an avid fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Brad Simon presents fourteen short stories in his book, Encountering Christlikeness. Simon offers the views of biblical figures and combines them with scripture, sharing lessons in obedience, love, companionship, faithfulness, and forgiveness through storytelling. After each devotion, Simon draws a lesson from the story and provides a series of "action steps" to help readers relate the material to their daily lives. Simon hopes his readers will apply the devotions and gain a better understanding of the figures mentioned in his work. The author includes a code for the Daily Prayer Guide & Journal as a gift, so readers can continue their walk with God confidently.

It's easy to take action after reading Brad Simon's book. His stories and thoughts will settle in your heart, motivating you to deepen your spiritual journey. Other than the scriptures from the Bible, the stories are told from Simon's perspective, but the historical pieces - like the type of food they ate at the time - give more depth to figures briefly mentioned in its pages. The book provides a unique point of view and challenges the reader to make similar decisions. I read this book with the hope that God would show me more direction through one of the narratives, and I was not disappointed. The questions at the end of each story are the same, but the text in the devotionals will change your answers as you review the lessons and reflect on their impressions on your thinking. Readers who enjoy impactful interpretations of biblical stories will love Encountering Christlikeness.