HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: By the Way
Author: Paul Devantier
Publisher: By the Way, 2007
Related website: www.bythewaytoday.org/ (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Suitable for everyone
Rating: 4 stars (GOOD)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Devantier, Paul. By the Way (published in 2007 by By the Way, P. O. Box 9360, St. Louis, MO 63117). “By the Way” is a one-minute-long radio broadcast of a devotional nature associated with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. It began in 1956, and since 1974 Dr. Paul Devantier has been the speaker. In 1992, a printed collection of “By the Way” programs was made available for the first time, and in 1999 a second collection of “By the Way” scripts, known as By the Way Encore, was published. I was given a free copy of the second and reviewed it. This is now the third in the series. It is divided into four sections: I. Christian Life; II. Comfort and Courage; III. Thankfulness; and IV. Seasonal Messages, covering Christmas through Thanksgiving.
When we lived in the St. Louis area, I listened to “By the Way” every morning on KFUO-FM, a classical music radio station. Unfortunately, KFUO-FM is no longer broadcasting, but KFUO-AM is still on the air. After my review of By the Way Encore, Dr. Devantier sent me a copy of the newest edition. According to the Introduction by Nancy Olson, “The messages are simple thoughts that seek to be easily understood and helpful in the lives of listeners. They draw upon everyday situations and common experiences. Each message attempts to share just one idea that may help to strengthen faith or point the listener in the direction of an act or an attitude pleasing to God.” The book would be useful for short, daily devotions, which is how I used it.