Why Christ Came by Joel Beeke is a 105-page devotional focusing on the incarnation. Obviously it would be especially helpful for the Christmas/advent season, but the timeless truths therein make it a relevant devotional for any time.
My concern when beginning the book was "Isn't this just an attempt at 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die by John Piper?" but after reading the reasons alone (then most certainly after reading the actual chapters) I was convinced that both books serve the church in unique ways. Piper's 50 Reasons focuses on the atonement, but Beeke's 31 focus on the incarnation; meditating on Christ in either way just makes you fall more in love with Him.
Why Christ Came is heavily laden with scripture from the Old and New Testament. Beeke also employs many beautiful quotes from saints and confessions of old, and---of course---the Puritans. I didn't find myself learning a lot of "new" things about the incarnation, but I don't think that was Beeke's aim in the first place. Instead this book gives readers more solid understandings of what we already knew about why Christ came; bits of scriptures and truths that we've probably heard before all come together to give us grand appreciation for the incarnation, one profound reason at a time.
That said, this is probably not a book that I would give to my extended family or anyone outside of "reformed" circles. I felt the writing may have been kind of dry and impersonal (the scriptures being in KJV did not help.) I do like everything else I have read from Joel Beeke, but I cannot say this book is a "you've-really-gotta-read-this" for every Christian.
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