Book Review: ‘Every Promise of Your Word’ by Rhett P. Dodson


Publisher Banner of Truth provided me this book, free of charge, with no expectations except an honest review. 

Every Promise-1When Every Promise of Your Word: The Gospel According to Joshua, by Rhett P. Dodson arrived at my doorstep, it just so happened it was also time for my morning quiet time. So, as seemed somewhat appropriate, I sat down and read the first chapter of Joshua, and then the first chapter of Every Promise. 

I was hooked!

I have always loved the book of Joshua, for selfishly obvious reasons. I also value a good commentary, as I use commentaries as part of my daily quiet time, and for much of my writing. So Every Promise served as a perfect combination, and arrived at just the right time.

Every Promise, however, is more than just fortuitous timing, but rather one of the single-greatest commentaries on a book of the Bible I have had the pleasure of reading. Dodson is not only commentating on the book of Joshua — for which he obviously has intense interest and enjoyment, and from which he has obviously benefited from greatly — but he also has a tremendous grasp of the Gospel, and is able to, fundamentally, reshape how we read Joshua so as to show how it serves to prefigure Jesus and His life on Earth, and His work on the cross.

The book takes the form of a commentary — each chapter responding to a consecutive section or chapter of the book of Joshua. Each chapter similarly follows the traditional form of a commentary, by providing cultural context relevant to the time in which the events of the book took place; addressing Old Testament-specific questions and relevance; and expounding on the why of the books creation.

However, writing beautifully, and in a way which shows the author is up to date with modern information, both theological and cultural, Dodson shines a light on the way in which the book of Joshua serves to precede and prefigure the life of Jesus.

Each chapter reverberates with the author’s love for not only the book of Joshua, but the Gospel of Jesus. Dodson does not wait until the end of a chapter to force the passage to issue-forth some relevance to the Gospel, and therefore to us — rather, throughout each chapter, weaving in and out of Old Testament, New Testament, and modern-day, Dodson reveals in the book of Joshua the in situ teaching of the Gospel.

It serves me not to provide multiple examples, a) as it is vital that we see them as intended, ie, as part of God’s intention for the book of Joshua — and that can only be done in full context; and b) I would get in trouble for reproducing the first six chapters verbatim.

This book is already set to be a present for three of my friends, and will likely continue to make regular appearances in my daily quiet time for years to come, as I envision re-reading this commentary will be of immense value. Rhett P. Dodson is to be commended for not only his grasp of Old Testament and Gospel theology and relevance, but also his nuance and ability to communicate God’s truths in a way that is directly and immediately applicable to our lives.

You can buy Every Promise of Your Word: The Gospel According to Joshua, from Banner of Truth, here. Publisher Banner of Truth provided me this book, free of charge, with no expectations except an honest review.