Ehman and Schwenk write in their Introduction that they have written these devotions to help us connect with God and experience His love and grace. We live in such a busy world we don't always take time to pause and seek the calm only God can provide. These devotions are designed to be the catalyst to help us connect with God daily.
The authors share personal stories and Bible stories as starting points for their devotions. While there is an occasional reference to a Greek or Hebrew word, the devotional content is mostly easy reading, suitable for Christians in any stage of their spiritual growth. Each daily reading begins with a short verse, then the devotion. Those are followed by a couple of comments or questions for journaling and finally, a prayer prompt. Ample space is given for written comments.
My favorite devotion was about mountain goats traversing dangerous and craggy paths. What makes them able to do so is their feet. “It is the Lord who strengthens us on any path. He gives us the right feet to keep walking...” (52) That is great encouragement for those on a difficult path.
The most challenging devotion for me was the one titled “We Need Less.” As a person who wants to know the latest, I was challenged by the suggestion we need less information, less comparison, less stuff. Like Paul prayed for the Ephesians, what we do need is more of God. (95)
These are good devotions for a 90 day journey in seeking a time with God and the calmness that can only come from Him.
You can read an excerpt here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Karen Ehman (www.karenehman.com) is a New York Times bestselling author with Proverbs 31 Ministries as well as a writer for Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that reaches more than four million women daily. She has authored eighteen books, including Keep It Shut and Reach Out, Gather In. Married to her college sweetheart, Todd, she's the mom of three adult children and two children-in-law, although she forgets which are which. The Ehmans reside in the middle of The Mitten State--Michigan.
Ruth Schwenk (www.thebettermom.com) is the founder of the popular blog The Better Mom, and along with her pastor/author husband, Patrick, the podcast Rootlike Faith. She is the trusted author of several books, including The Better Mom Devotional and In a Boat in the Middle of a Lake. Ruth is a Michigan football superfan and self-proclaimed foodie. But her greatest joy is her family. She lives with her husband and four children in the beautiful college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photo Credit: © Kelsie Johanna Photography
Bethany House Publishers, 240 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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