Thursday, March 2, 2023

Dwell: 90 Days at Home with God by Sandra Byrd Book Review

About the Book:

Because God dwells in us and we dwell in Him, evidence of Him surrounds us, right where we live. And He wants us to lean in to Him, enjoying security in His love and comfort from His companionship.

Join Sandra Byrd for 90 days of devotional readings that will lead you to a place where you feel at home with God. She draws inspiration from do-it-yourself projects, gardening, home decor, and more, and then pairs each story with biblical insights that nurture gratitude and deepen faith. You’ll love the earthy look of this devotional with a scattering of full-page photos and full color throughout, this warm, inviting devotional will feature beautifully on a nightstand or coffee table and provide fresh encouragement for the soul.

With stories from real life and gentle words from Scripture, Sandra invites you into her own home and garden. Whether you’re delighting in a window view of a chubby squirrel, savoring the first bite of a hot buttery roll, stressed over a broken-down furnace, or distracted by badly hung wallpaper, you’ll discover that every experience can bring you closer to Jesus. 

You can watch the book trailer here.

My Review:

Home is a special place. It's where we have intimate times with family and friends. God desires to have an intimate relationship with us, to dwell. To help orient us in that direction, Byrd shares spiritual insights from her home and garden.

One of my favorites was a lesson from plants. Some keep pests away, just as does being in the Word daily. There are also lessons from daily household tasks. Who hasn't put a new colored garment in with the whites only to find them all contaminated by the color. That's what sin does.

Like Byrd, I live in the Pacific Northwest. Yes, it is known for its rain but we have had unusually dry times. In my favorite devotion, Byrd relates that to spiritually dry times of testing. As sprinklers will provide needed water to a newly planted lawn, tears water the seeds of faith, perseverance, and hope until God's blessings rain down again.

These devotions draw our attention to every day tasks and scenes, Byrd providing inspiring thoughts on God and faith. It's a good devotional for those who appreciate all things home and garden.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

Note: These devotions originally appeared in The One Year Home and Garden Devotions with some changes.

About the Author:

Sandra Byrd
 is the author of more than fifty books and has received many awards, nominations, and accolades, including a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and multiple starred reviews and Best Book selections from Library Journal. Other awards include the Historical Novel Society's Editor's Choice award, two Christy finalists, a Bookpage Top Pick for Romance, and inclusion on Booklist's Top Ten Inspirational Books of the Year list.

A dedicated foodie, Byrd cooks through the topic and location of every book she writes. In addition, she collects vintage glass and serve ware in her free time, loves long walks with her husband, and Sunday Suppers with her growing family. She lives in Tacoma, Washington. You can find out more at

Our Daily Bread, 128 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(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.)

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