Having grown up in an era of long and sonorous prayers, Whittle's book is a breath of fresh air. “Prayer is not about word count, but about heart intent.” (9) The short prayers and the devotions that accompany them are about our feelings, not about technique. I like the encouragement to honest and to have passion in relating to God.
While I liked all of the devotions, a couple really made an impressions on me. One was Day 15: I need You desperately today. What a cry of the heart when we feel like we just cannot face what comes next. Her devotion reminds us that God sees and cares.
Sometimes the prayer and devotion are a spiritual lesson. An example is Day 26: You are my only Master. Reading her devotion is an exhortation. We need to identify what we let master us and turn our hearts to the Master who loves us fiercely.
Sometimes the prayer blends reality with our desire, such as Day 29: I want to trust You. Whittle reminds us God knows the intentions of our heart. He is faithful and worthy to be trusted with our whole being.
I recommend this little book. It is an encouragement to express our heart to God, not in lengthy prayers but in short and meaningful ones. It is a good book for those wanting to communicate their feelings to God but don't know how. Petitions, giving thanks, praise, all kinds of heart felt prayers are included. The forty devotions could be used as a Lenten emphasis on passionately communicating with God. But don't wait until then to relate to God from your heart.
You can read an excerpt here.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
Lisa Whittle is a speaker, Bible teacher, and the author of six books. She is a wife and mom and is grateful to be a work in progress. She lives in North Carolina. You can find out more at https://lisawhittle.com/.
Harvest House Publisher, 176 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Icon Media. My comments are an independent and honest review.