About the Book
Authors: Harriet E. Michael & Shirley Crowder
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian Living, Devotional
Release date: March 10, 2021
Creator God made the world in which we live. He placed the moon and stars in the sky, the rivers and ocean on the earth. He also created seasons throughout the year. Each season is defined by specific features and attributes that are common, although the degree varies depending on where one lives. In winter we think of cold weather. In spring, blooming flowers take center stage. In the summer, we enjoy warm weather, and in the autumn, beautifully colored leaves.
As Christ-followers we also experience spiritual seasons. In the same way that nature’s seasons serve a purpose on earth, so do the seasons in our spiritual lives. God provides, cares for, and sustains the earth, and in His faithfulness, He does the same for us.
This devotional is focused on spring—both calendar and spiritual. During our spiritual springs, we catch a glimpse of the new life we have in Jesus Christ and the renewed life that He gives us.
Enjoy a season of rebirth, thirteen weeks of inspiration, full of God’s great love for us.
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Michael and Crowder have developed a good collection of inspiring devotions especially suited for spring. I appreciate the spiritual lessons arising from every day objects and events. There is one on spring cleaning, for example. Doing that activity led to thoughts on how we need to clean out our cluttered hearts and minds, asking God to help us work through emotional issues. There is a devotion on worshiping God by dancing with flowers and one on transformation by observing tadpoles growing into green tree frogs. There are also devotions specifically for Holy Week, Palm Sunday through the Resurrection.
This book is definitely for women. There is a devotion on all that we women do for outer beauty, for example. The authors remind us what the Bible says about true beauty. Many of the devotions include lessons from great hymns. This book is good for older Christians who know the hymns but is also an introduction to the wealth contained in hymns for younger Christians familiar with modern songs alone.
I recommend this devotional as a good source for quiet time meditation during the spring.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Authors
She is a biblical counselor and is commissioned by and serves on the national Advisory Team for The Addiction Connection. Several of her articles have appeared in “Paper Pulpit” in the Faith section of The Gadsden Times, and in a David C. Cook publication. She also writes articles for Life Bible Study, Woman’s Missionary Union, and TheAddictionConnection.org. She has authored, co-authored, or contributed to ten books.
Shirley has spiritual children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren serving the Lord in various ministry and secular positions throughout the world.
Harriet is a multi-published, award-winning writer, and speaker. She has authored or co-authored eight books (seven nonfiction and one novel), with more under contract for future release. She is also a prolific freelance writer, having penned over 200 articles, devotions, and stories. Her work has appeared in publications by Focus on the Family, David C. Cook, Lifeway, Standard Publishing, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Upper Room, Judson Press, Bethany House, and more. When not writing, she loves speaking to women’s groups and teaching writing workshops on freelance, devotional, and memoir writing.
She and her husband of over 40 years have four children and three grandchildren. When not writing, she enjoys substituting at a Christian school near her home, gardening, cooking, and traveling.
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From time-to-time someone will comment on how difficult it must be to co-write with someone.
Guess what? It isn’t!
Including the books Harriet and Shirley have written together, both have collaborated with others to write books..
The most important thing in co-writing, after both of you being Christ-followers, is to share very similar theological beliefs and understanding. If these are too dissimilar, the final manuscript will be choppy and inconsistent in presentation of biblical truth throughout the book.
Practically speaking, there are a few things that help make the co-writing process work well.
- Pray for each other.
- Agree in advance who will write what portions.
- Leave your pride behind.
- Have the person with the most expertise in Word compile, make changes in, and maintain the combined document.
- Be sure to turn on “tracking” so it is easy to see what edits the other person made.
- Defend/explain why you think something you wrote should not be changed.
- Explain why you think something the other person wrote should be changed.
- Flexibility—be prepared for rewrites, edits, and delays.
As you work together, you read and edit each other’s work. The changes you each make in the other person’s writing will help give the book a more consistent writing style and presentation.
Finally, while there are portions of this process that can be tedious, like galley corrections, it is fun to work with another person. And, when you get stuck, they can help make suggestions that jump start your thought processes and make completing the piece easier.
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(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.)