Monday, November 17, 2014

Review of Invitation to Philippians

            Donald R. Sunukjian wrote Invitation to Philippians in 2014. This work was not extremely long (113 pages), but it comes packed with information. Before this work I had never heard of this author, but I quickly grew to like his writing style. If you are looking for a traditional commentary on Philippians this work is not for you. However, if you are looking for a work that helps you think through the work and offers good illustrations then you are in the right place. Each chapter is broken down in to bite size pieces, and is processed in a like manner of a sermon.
            One way this book might be used is if you do not have a trained pastor on staff would be to use this work and let him preach it as though it were his own.  Being a seminary student I  do not always have time to do additional reading on top of school work, this book however was a joy to read and think through. I must say that I focused most of my attention on the section of Scripture I am writing a sermon on for class (Philippians 1:12-18).  Throughout that section I must have highlighted what equates to two whole pages of information. One tidbit I highlighted was, “Paul was in house arrest in Rome. He was able to receive visitors in the house,  but the chains never left his wrist….And even though he had no source of income he still had to pay the rent on the house or else he would be put in some dungeon.”(pg 24).
            This is a work I would happily recommend to anyone wanting to go deeper into the book of Philippians. I do not always give such a broad recommendation, this book however deserves it, with its conversational tone and style it has more mass appeal than some other commentaries on the subject.

I was given a copy of this work for review in exchange for a fair and honest review, I did not have to write a favorable review in order to receive this work.

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