Author: Bob Barnes
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5081-7

Really listen. Stop what you’re doing and look at your mate in the eyes while they speak. Then repeat back what you thought you heard them say. If you don’t get it right, have them share their heart again,” Bob Barnes recommends in his book, One Minute Alone with God for Men.

This one hundred and sixty-seven page hardbound book is only four by six inches but is packed full of advice, admonishment and helpful suggestions for Christian men of all ages. Due to it being so compacted, it can be stored easily in a briefcase, large jacket pocket or car compartment and used as a daily devotional. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, other versions are noted such as the NKJV, NASB, NLT, KVJ and TEV.

Included in its pages are one hundred and forty topics in random order ranging from marriage, money and parenting to meditation, spirituality and a stronger relationship with God. There are fifteen one minute prayer pages dispersed every ten topics.

Each topic page starts with a title that is bold and writes out one or two Bible verses. Below are several paragraphs or bullet point items related to the topic, either on a personal level from the author or advice given as if he is talking to you over a cup of coffee. There is a one sentence prayer at the bottom of the page.

The fifteen separated one minute prayers are highlighted and fill up the complete page but have no topic theme listed at the top so one does not know what the focus or direction the prayer is going until they read it.

Some content topics are titled: Your Sins Will Find You Out, Cultivating Intimacy, Rules Give Freedom, Messes are a Blessing, Be Humble in Spirit, A Friend Who Goes the Extra Mile, I am the Clay, Time to Move On, Good Old Cowboy Advice, Act Like Men and A Life of Praise. A short prayer is “Father God, I want to be a man that properly uses Your principles in handling the financial blessings You have given me. Amen.”

With the small, quick style of the book and its design, Christian men should have no excuse to get closer to God daily. This would make a nice Father’s Day or birthday gift for the man who yearns to be more like Him.

This book was furnished by Harvest House Publishers for review purposes.

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