Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Mornings With Jesus [With Giveaway!]

Mornings with Jesus 2012: Daily Encouragement for Your Soul
by Judy Baer, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Tricia Goyer, Sharon Hinck, Keri Wyatt Kent, Erin Keeley Marshall, Camy Tang
Non-Fiction / Devotional
Published October 2011
378 pages

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About the Book
"Be still and know that I am God.” is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it’s not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that—“be still” in Jesus’ beautiful and powerful presence. For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life. With a warm and friendly voice, 3656 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day. Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year.

Each day’s selection includes:
  • a Bible verse
  • an entry based on Jesus: His words, miracles, and parables; His wisdom, compassion, and comfort; His mystery, power, divinity, and humanity
  • a “faith step” that will inspire and challenge readers to apply the day’s message to their lives

My Thoughts
I'm always a little bit cautious of devotion books. A lot of times it seems that they take verses out of context and oversimplify spiritual topics. I was pleasantly surprised by Mornings with Jesus. Daily devotions are written by seven Christian authors. The readings each day are practical and simple, but my favorite part is the Faith Step at the end. By presenting a question to think through or an action to take, it keeps the topic and verse on my mind throughout the day.

For instance, the devotion for January 30 was based on Matthew 5:5 and 1 Timothy 6:8-9. Keri Wyatt Kent then gave a fantastic practical story about how easily we sink into discontentment. The faith step for the day was, "In which areas of your life do you experience the most discontentment? What would it take for you to be content?" (30). I found myself thinking back on these passages all day long and asking God to help me be content and grateful for the many blessings He has already given me.

Mornings with Jesus would be a great supplement to whatever Bible reading/studying plan you've already got going. Or it would be a great way to end the day. If you plan on using this as the main basis for your time in the Word, I would recommend reading the entire passage rather than the single verse so you get better context for the verse.

I look forward to reading these devotions throughout the year! [4 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Guideposts and LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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