"The Poor Man’s Morning and Evening Portions by Robert Hawker (1753–1827) is a great devotional classic that received its unique name because it was originally published in small “penny” portions so as to be affordable to the poor. Running through numerous editions in the nineteenth century, these devotionals have served as spiritual food and drink for thousands. Hawker excels in Christ-centered, practical divinity. He has been taught by the Spirit how to find Christ in the Scriptures, as well as how to present Him amiably to hungry sinners in search of daily communion with a personal Redeemer. For the genuine Christian, here is daily devotional writing at its best—warmly Christ-centered, eminently practical, personally searching.
Unlike most other daily devotional books of Reformed persuasion that consist of fragmented extracts,The Poor Man’s Morning and Evening Portions was composed expressly for such use. You will feel the difference immediately. Each of these 730 devotional portions is complete in itself and speaks directly to you, compelling you to hold soliloquy with your own soul. Read this volume daily; let Hawker bring the Word of God close to your conscience. Pray for the Spirit to apply these short, savory devotions to your daily and eternal gain." - Joel R. Beeke
"Great warmth of affection, a lively energy of expression, a graceful flow of language, and an affluent store of scriptural sentiments…There is a lovely simplicity in his sublimest thoughts, and in his humblest themes a becoming dignity." — John Williams (biographer of Hawker)
About the Author
1. The devotional book is divided into morning & evening portions. Each portion deals with one or two verses. He explains the verse and immediately applies to the reader Christo-centrically. He is very apt at this.
2. Each portion (either morning or evening) ends with prayer, which is woven into his comments. I love this! My heart echoes his sentiment.
3. His words are easy to understand even though it was written about 200 years ago. Some words are archaic, but his meaning overall is clear and understandable.
4. The book has Scripture Index at the end of the book, where you can easily access any verse you might be searching.
5. The print is NOT modern (ie fonts are slightly blurry - not computerized prints, but old typeset), so you might need to get use to it. I hope in the future, the publisher will publish modern typeset edition.
All in all, I love this book! It is indeed "Christ everywhere" book for the soul!