Book Review: His Last Words

“His Last Words: What Jesus Taught and Prayed in His Final Hours” By Kim Erickson 

I have been privileged to be a part of the launch team for this study. I joined the team because, quite frankly, I wanted to try a different kind of bible study. I’ve done dozens of inductive studies the past few years and love learning truth for myself. But I wanted to see what else is out there.

Imagine my surprise when the book arrived and I learned it would have me go through John 13-17 verse by verse! This study is different than others I’ve done yet, once again, I found myself digging into God’s Word learning truth for myself!

From Lesson one Day two I was hooked. 

Actually I was hooked when I read the intro and learned Kim’s story of loss and redemption. 

Taking the words of Jesus verse by verse showed me things I’d never seen before. For example, I’d never seen that Jesus knew Judas would betray Him before He washed his feet. Jesus knew what was going to happen later that evening. Even so, He served Judas and loved him as He served and loved the other disciples. I had to ask myself, “How do I treat those who have hurt me? How do I treat those I anticipate betraying me in the future? Do I treat toxic people as Jesus would? Or do I reject them and hate them?” 

I thought I would zip through this study, but it’s taken me longer than I thought it would. Not because the material is hard or the book isn’t great reading. It is great reading and the material isn’t hard. The truth I found is hard. I’ve had to examine my own heart and intentions. I’ve spent time in repentance and prayer. And I’ve seen the truth  that God chose me and loves me. 

I recommend this study for new and seasoned believers. And for those curious about Jesus and what was important to Him. 

If you choose to read it, please let me know what you think. Share your insights. I’d love to hear what God shows you as you learn truth for yourself.  

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