Book Review: 52 Days by Ben Wright @Enwrightened @b_wright2003

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52 Days by Ben Wright

Published by Enwrightened Publications

52 Days calls us to imagine a world in which we have to rebuild our cities, civilization, and lives. As he takes us through the book of Nehemiah, author Ben Wright makes astute observations and comparisons between the Jew’s success in rebuilding Jerusalem after their return from Babylonian captivity and the importance of rebuilding our own spiritual walls today. The first chapter deals with the walls themselves and shows how Christians must work to guard themselves spiritually in todays’ increasingly secular society. Chapter two encourages us to take note of our own spiritual history and find ways to overcome doubts and find ways to move forward. The next chapter explores the tools we need to rebuild our spiritual abode. Chapter four starts with a remembrance of September eleventh and the jolt America took when the World Trade Center was destroyed. He goes on to compare the clean-up and rebuilding efforts to Nehemiah and our own spiritual rebuilding. The fifth chapter deals with how we as a body can work together to rebuild. Teamwork was key to the rebuilding of Jerusalem and it is just as important of rebuilding our own spiritual cities. Construction is a chapter that shows us the ups and downs of actually building something. During the construction phase, the Jews experienced great upheaval and resistance. But, with God’s help and perseverance, they completed the task in just 52 days. The final chapter shows how Nehemiah and his people claimed victory over many trials and how we can do the same today.

Mr. Wright sums up the book well in his last sentence: “If we want to change the world, let’s start with ourselves.” In this statement, truth comes through and a challenge is made. Throughout the book, the author makes similar challenges. The book is well-written and easy to understand from start to finish. Mr. Wright’s style and clarity make this an excellent book for the preacher and Bible student alike making 52 Days an excellent addition to anyone’s library.

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