Book Review: A Sherlock Holmes Devotional

A Sherlock Holmes Devotional: Uncovering the Mysteries of God
A Sherlock Holmes Devotional: Uncovering the Mysteries of God by Trisha White Priebe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore this devotional based on lessons from the works of Sherlock Holmes! Each chapter focuses on a particular quote, or a quality of Holmes and Watson, or one of their adventures, and weaves a similarity between that concept and the Christian life. Although Conan Doyle was not a notable Christian and Holmes is somewhat ambiguous about his beliefs, there are still lessons to be learned from the stories!

My only problem was that sometimes the lesson to be taught from the Holmes story was really a stretch. The spiritual points reached were not at all similar to Doyle’s writing, and it felt like the author was trying too hard to make a comparison that just isn’t there. But that didn’t happen too often. Most of the time the concept from Doyle’s writing works with the devotion portion of the chapter.

I loved all the details from the stories, the background on Conan Doyle, and the history of the Victorian times. There are lots of quotes from the books, and references to the movies and generations of fans… it’s just wonderful! The author really researched the whole world of Sherlock; they definitely know their stuff.

Each chapter begins with a quote from Holmes, and ends with a Scripture verse. What a delightful way to bookend the chapters! The devotional parts are very inspirational, and give sound truths in a concise and clear way. The Sherlockian in me is so happy right now!

Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a free and honest review. The opinions stated here are my own true thoughts, and are not influenced by anyone.

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