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Reviewed by Lori M for Readers' Favorite
Having read some of Kristi Burchfiel’s prior works, I was excited about the opportunity to read her latest book, "The Decay Within". With this piece, Burchfiel asks us to consider whether we are decaying from the inside out. I really like how Burchfiel writes because she makes scripture easy to understand and breaks down her devotionals into bite-sized pieces that are easily digestible and easily implemented. This would make a great bible study for a small in-home group to work from.
Taken from the Book of Amos in the Bible, Burchfiel explains how the people of that time were wealthy and powerful, but still suffered a downfall as a result of their attitudes. The book includes maps that depict Israel and helps you understand what the culture was like during that time. In this age of preaching prosperity and sometimes “Christian Lite,” Christians need to hear a real story of repentance and changing our ways to please God. Far too often we talk the talk without walking the walk, and this is one of the things that Burchfiel explores in "The Decay Within". The author includes chapters about signs of the times, judgment on others, warnings of judgment ignored, begging for repentance, and the truth found in God’s Word that He alone is worthy of our praise.
As with all of Burchfiel’s books, I am appreciative of the reflection questions and blank lines to answer some of the questions she poses, such as our perspectives when we view the world, examining the main causes of our mistakes, and thinking about how we should treat others.