The Desire of Ages by Ellen G. White
Last year, I began making my way through a series of books that have been instructional in my faith community and reading them during my devotional time. I didn’t find the first two books to be terribly exciting or innovative, but I was and am willing to make my way through the rest. It’s been rather interesting to read a series that people at church absolutely love and find myself not enthralled in the way they are. I am beginning to piece that apart.
The Desire of Ages focuses on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, a historical figure believed to be the Son of God by Christians everywhere. Ellen White delves into behind-the-scenes stories in Jesus’ ministry, and she makes relevant his teachings for Christians a few millennia later. She begins with Old Testament prophecies of his arrival (which is a carryover from her previous book, Prophets and Kings, not at all like the failed ABC show) and ends with Jesus’ death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven with the promise of the Holy Spirit to His disciples.
It feels kind of mean to be critical of something that I overall agree with in spirit, but I think that presentation was kind of an issue for me. White delves very specifically into certain well-known stories, but her exegesis is not real crisp. This sounds rather snobbish of me, but I really want a more scholarly approach to supposedly ground-breaking works about the Bible and God, especially in regards to methodology and approach. But then again, a work written in the late 1800s by someone who acknowledged her limited education and divine inspiration is probably not going to be the same as a scholarly religious monograph written today, right?