365 day Devotional Commentary by Dr. Larry Richards - $20
Published by Lawrence O. Richards
Larry Richards has the gift of mining the Scriptures, finding the richest treasures, and minting them for us to use. Beginning Bible students as well as veterans cannot help but be enriched as they use this book. You can trust what Larry Richards writes about the Word, and you can put it into practical use.”
—Warren Wiersbe, Author
Covers the entire Bible in 365 easy-to-read units
Highlights personal applications
Explains key Bible terms and events
Gives an overview of each day"s reading
Incorporates special reading plans for Christmas, Lent, and Easter
Provides a variety of approaches for Bible reading
Through the Bible, through the year — with insight!
Tired of devotions consisting of a "warm thought and a prayer"? This Devotional Commentary by Dr. Larry Richards gives you a whole year of readings and commentary that help you see the Bible as a living book designed to communicate God"s heart to people just like you! Use it in your personal quiet time and also when leading family devotions. You"ll gain new insights as you internalize the life-changing encouragement, comfort, challenge, conviction, strength, and assurance that God has woven throughout His Word.
About the Author
Lawrence (Larry) O. Richards was born September 25, 1931, in Milan, Michigan. His home environment was a positive one, with both parents providing ample affirmation. His father was an elder in the local Presbyterian church, and his mother often verbalized her faith in the home. Richards grew up in the religious education programs of his church, but after junior high school did not give much attention to his religious formation.
From 1949 through 1951, Richards attended Antioch College in Ohio. He had no clear direction and hence left college and served in the Navy from 1951-1955. He was stationed in New York City and, during this time, converted to Christ under the ministry of Donald Grey Barnhouse, one of the great Bible teachers of that era.
Following this experience Richards became an avid Bible student and formed some of his most basic theological convictions. After his Navy stint he resumed his academic studies at the University of Michigan where, in 1958, he received a B. A. in philosophy. He graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
His biblical curiosity was far from satisfied when Richards entered Dallas Theological Seminary, whose Th.M. curriculum required four years of Greek and three years of Hebrew, and provided a theological framework taught from a mildly Reformed and decidedly Dispensational viewpoint. His initial interest in Greek studies was turned to Christian education by Dr. Howard Hendricks, who challenged him that knowing biblical content was not sufficient if he could not communicate it adequately. Richards’s study of principles for communicating the Bible progressed through his academic and personal study and formed the basis for many of his future Christian education works. In 1962 Richards was ordained by the non-denominational Grace Bible Church of Dallas, Texas.
After graduating summa cum laude from Dallas Theological Seminary, Richards moved to Wheaton, Illinois, where from 1962-1965 he was an editor of children’s church materials for Scripture Press Publications, a large curriculum house servicing evangelical churches. He was also an Associate Pastor in charge of Christian education at a local church and taught a large Bible class.
From 1965-1972 Richards was an Assistant Professor of Christian Education in the Wheaton College Graduate School where he also taught New Testament and Old Testament courses. During this time he was also enrolled in Ph.D. studies at the joint program offered by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His doctoral studies were in Religious Education and Social Psychology, with an emphasis in research methodologies in education, social psychology, and anthropology. He graduated in 1972, having written a dissertation on the relationship between the home and church educational programs entitled “Pre-evaluation Research on a Home/Church Christian Education Program” (1972). This research provided some of the foundations for his Sunday School PLUS curriculum.
In 1972, Richards moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he embarked upon a career of full-time writing and speaking, in which he remains involved. During the Phoenix years he directed an internship program for seminary students and spent five years developing and testing his Sunday School PLUS curriculum. He also served as an elder at Our Heritage Wesleyan Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, and frequently spoke at conventions as well as conducted seminars and Schools of Ministry at midwestern and western universities. Richards has taught courses at Princeton Theological Seminary, Talbot School of Theology, and in other places in the United States and around the world. He also designed and wrote the courses for a degree completion program offered at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas.
Richards is the author of some 200 works, some of which have been translated into 24 languages, making him the most prolific of 20th century evangelical Christian educators and probably the most influential evangelical Christian education theorist . Some of his major works are being reprinted 20 or more years after their original publication date. Richards’s writing career divides into two primary sections. From roughly the mid-60s to the mid-80s of the 20th century, he wrote his major Christian education theoretical works, interspersed with teacher training guidebooks, parenting materials, biblical curriculum, and Bible study guides. From approximately the mid-80s to the present, Richards’s writing has focused more on writing devotional books, Christian life enrichment books, Bible study aids, and study Bibles.