Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Refresh Your Faith Blog Tour

About the Book

Book:  Refresh Your Faith
Author: Lori Hatcher
Genre:  Devotional
Release Date: May 2020

Unfamiliar verses. Uncommon insights. Unlimited possibilities.

Move from biblical doldrums to dynamic discovery! While your favorite Scripture verses or stories may bring you comfort, if you’re feeling monotony in your time with God it’s time to shake it up a bit. Each of these 66 culturally relevant, story-driven devotions—one from each book of the Bible—spotlights an unusual verse or passage and takes only five minutes to read. If you have more time, you can dig a little deeper with an uncommon thought to ponder, unusual faith action step to take, and an unfamiliar passage suggestion that invites you to further explore the Bible’s hidden gems.
You’ll be challenged to think deeply, step out boldly, and grow dynamically, transforming your devotional time—and your life!

Praise for Lori Hatcher’s writing . . .

“Real-life inspiration and candid wit. These 5-minute devotions will change your life.” —Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

I am impressed with this devotional. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the writing. It is excellent. I was surprised by the devotionals. Yes, there is one from each book in the Bible but the verse selections were the surprise. They are not your typical, most familiar, most written about passages. I was again inspired with the realization that every passage of Scripture has a message for us.

I was also impressed with Hatcher's insights into Scripture. From Deut. 5:9 I learned that human jealousy is self focused while God's jealousy is other focused, for our good. I learned from Nehemiah's example that we are to be taking sensible steps to address the need but ultimately trusting God to care for us. When gardening and coming upon rocks, I'll remember the spiritual lesson from Hosea. Hatcher reminded me from 2 Timothy that my actions are to reflect the character of my spiritual heritage, my heavenly Father, rather than my earthly heritage, frugal and stubborn Dutch.

I highly recommend this devotional. Even if you've read the Bible through many times, you will find new and inspiring spiritual lessons in this book. Even if you've read a score of devotionals, you'll find new insights in this book.

My rating: 5/5 stars.

About the Author

Lori Hatcher is a blogger, pastor’s wife, and women’s ministry speaker. She’s the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine, president of Columbia Toastmasters, and regular contributor to magazines such as Christian Living Today and websites like Crosswalk.com. Her book Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time, won the Christian Small Publisher 2016 book of the year. Find out more about Lori and her well-loved 5-minute devotions at lorihatcher.com.

Read a Teaser from Refresh Your Faith

   The dirty little secret in Christian circles is that many of us are bored with our devotional time. We know we shouldn’t feel this way. It’s important to read our Bibles every day. After all, it’s God’s Word, the source of truth, and life, and hope.
   While some have successfully built the discipline of Bible reading into their lives, others struggle. Even those who regularly read their Bibles find it a bit dry at times. Many of us also read devotionals, not to take the place of Bible reading, but to help us discover unfamiliar passages and stories and benefit from a godly writer’s perspective.
   I wrote Refresh Your Faith because I was frustrated by many of the devotionals I read. They seemed to focus on the same basic verses I’d memorized with my children twenty years ago. John 3:16, Romans 8:28, Psalm 23, Matthew 3:5-6. Same with the Bible passages and stories. I treasure the familiar verses and stories. I’ve held them close to my heart during some of the darkest times of my life.
   But I knew there was more to the Bible than these well-worn favorites.
   I reached a point in my spiritual life when I needed something new. If something didn’t change, my spirit was going to wither up. My time with God shouldn’t be something I did out of duty. I wanted to delight in God and His Word.
   So I asked God to help me. I needed something to refresh my faith and energize my Bible reading. Wow, did He answer. I’d been reading through the Bible every year for more than a decade, but all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to passages I’d never noticed before.
   These uncommon verses sparkled like gems. The more I read, the more I spotted them, tucked into obscure stories and buried under genealogies and census reports. I found some hiding out in plain sight—golden nuances and nuggets in the shadows of the more familiar stories.
   Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible is a collection of the treasure I unearthed during my year of searching. Each story-driven devotion contains an unusual verse, a real-life application, and an uncommon faith step.
   I hope my book will energize your faith, inspire your devotional time, and make you say, “Wow, I’ve never seen that before!”

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I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)


Lori Hatcher said...

Thank you, Joan, for sharing Refresh Your Faith with your blogging community. I pray the Lord will draw each of us ever closer to His heart. Blessings to you!

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a wonderful book.

Emma said...

This is an unusual idea for a devotional--a verse from each book!

James Robert said...

Thanks for sharing your book and for the giveaway too.

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing.

Julie Waldron said...

This sounds good devotional. I find it difficult to stick with some devotional books too.