About the Book
Author: Tracy L. Smoak
Release Date: September, 2023
”This book is a life-saving manual meant for any soul who has bottomed out and can only look up for help.”
– George Firehammer
Need a stronger connection with God? A safe place?
Anyone hoping for straight talk to bring Jesus close will find refreshment in Refuge of Grace. Learn from a fresh look at 22 little-told Bible passages via Tracy L. Smoak’s engaging storytelling and vivid imagery.
These scriptures offer true comfort in your everyday struggles. From hearing Gomer’s perspective about shame to imagining Jesus arriving in a Rolls Royce for the family reunion, you will know God’s working on your behalf-right now.
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Smoak gives readers another great collection of devotions centered on God's promises and His steadfast presence in our lives. She imaginatively recounts experiences of many Bible characters and then shares lessons we can learn from them. We learn to trust God when surrounded by enemies from the life of Jeremiah. We are encouraged to stay close to God and listen for His word, realizing resolution may take decades. From Peter we learn to keep our eyes open to unusual opportunities in finances and other areas of life.
Those are just a couple of the insightful devotions from Smoak. She includes thoughtful reflection questions after each devotion as well as a touching prayer. Readers who would like encouragement to remember and trust in God's promises will find encouragement to do so in this book.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
About the Author
She loves photography and authored two hardcover devotionals with her original nature art (Living Water to Refresh Your Soul – tranquil lake scenes; and Arranged with Love- floral landscapes).
Smoak holds a master’s in Education and a bachelor’s in Communication. At her church home, she leads small-group Bible studies. She is an active member of Word Weavers International.
More from Tracy
When life knocks you down, where do you go for hope?
We all want to be brave, but sometimes circumstances overwhelm us. Health declines, bank accounts empty, and friends disappear. No matter the disappointments, one absolute certainty we can count on is God. He will stand with us through every adversity.
Ideas for Refuge of Grace: Finding Your Safe Place began at 3 a.m. on a January workday in 2021. I tossed and turned in bed, wondering how I could continue teaching in a public school under all the pandemic constraints. We wore masks, developed lesson plans for both in-class instruction and online modules, and juggled a revolving door of student quarantines with absences.
Fear surrounded us on all sides.
Others also struggled. My older son managed an emergency department in a large city and had to find ways to supply unprecedented needs. My younger son worked in the financial industry and watched markets reel. Neighbors lost jobs and income.
How could we model resilience and move forward?
I turned to the Bible for inspiration and studied stories about how believers overcame hardship. Six months and 22 chapters later—all the while teaching full time—this collection renewed hope and kept me going.
My prayer is that reading these Bible promises of God’s faithfulness also will empower you.
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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.)