The Decay Within

A Study of Amos

Christian - Devotion/Study
132 Pages
Reviewed on 03/20/2012
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Author Biography

Several years ago, God led Kristi Burchfiel through some difficult times in her personal life. Only by studying the truths found in the Bible did she find the answers she needed to get her life back on track.

Now, Kristi works daily to continue putting those truths into practice. She is passionate about studying the Bible and invites others to share in the peace of God through the truths found in God’s word.

Kristi writes and shares applicable Bible studies and devotionals. Her daily devotional can be found at Her previous books include Without Regrets: A Study of Ecclesiastes and the e-books The Daily Devotional Series.

Kristi, her husband D, and their two children currently make their home in Wichita, Kansas where D is the pastor of Southwest Baptist Church.

    Book Review

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.