Saturday, April 18, 2015

God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea by Rose Chandler Johnson

Just like iced tea is a refreshment on a hot day, these devotions provide insightful and encouraging refreshment for Christians. These meditations come from Johnson's own personal journaling experience.

There are fifty two meditations included. Each one has a reflection on a topic, suggested Scripture to read, questions to stimulate journaling with space to write, a written prayer, a Sweet Tea Moment, and a prayer focus.

The meditations are on a variety of topics, including judging, forgiveness, entertainment, prayer, worry, materialism, hope, and abortion. She draws her lessons from homemaking tasks, objects like trees and wind chimes, Bible stories, and more.

The journaling questions are meant to stimulate thinking about personal experiences or attitudes and possible future action. Here is a sample of a Sweet Tea Moment: “It doesn't cost a cent to give the priceless gift of kindness.” (15) With the Prayer Focus, Johnson gives a suggestion of people for whom to pray, related to the topic of the meditation. Topics include people experiencing anxiety, those with health conditions, the homeless, judges and the court system, and political leaders.

Johnson has created a refreshing collection of spiritual meditations. The journaling questions are a great way to stimulate the habit of daily recording your thoughts. I love the prayer suggestions as they encourage you to pray for people you may not usually think about. If you need a new devotional, this one would be a great choice.

I am taking part in a blog tour of this book and you can read other reviews here.

Rose Chandler Johnson has had her devotions, poems, and articles appear in a number of Christian publications. She enjoys writing for her popular blog, Write Moments with God. For the last twenty years, she has been a French and English teacher. She has also worked as a counselor, librarian, and ESOL teacher. She enjoys spending time with her six children and their families and lives near Augusta, Georgia.

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, 170 pages. You can purchase a copy here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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