Tuesday, January 3

Daily Gifts of Grace (Devotional) by Women of Faith

Women of Faith speakers share insight, advice, laughter, and maybe even a few tears in this daily devotional. Voices from fiction, recognizable names from Christian conferences, and well-known Christian writers also are included.

Daily Gifts of Grace is a daily devotional designed specifically for women, with a beautiful hardbound case and a magnetic closure. Readers will be pleased to open it for a devotion that will help them face the day or for an inspirational devotion to close the day.

Contributors include Joni Eareckson Tada, Lisa Whelchel, Jenna Lucado, Sheila Walsh, Kim Cash Tate, Patsy Clairmont, Natalie Grant, Lisa Harper, and others.

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 3, 2012)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400203642

What a great devotional book, and it is written by a collection of some of my favourite authors! How awesome is that?

Sheila Walsh is tender and transparent as always, and her devotionals often speak to my hidden and most tender places. Patsy Clairmont almost always makes me laugh, and that is a very good thing!

Natalie Grant is an amazing musician, and I was thrilled to read her short devotional titled "Finding the Real You", from page 80, the entry for March 19th.

Is there a secret in your life, something you've held on to for a long time, hoping nobody sees it? Something so painful, so far down in your heart, that you dare not even speak of it? If so, there's something you should know; you're not alone. I know you might not believe it now, but maybe soon you will.  In the meantime, can you muster up enough courage to personalize those words and simply say, "I'm not alone"?
 My poor self-esteem reared its ugly head as an eating disorder. What consequences are you struggling with as a result of poor self-image?  Do you have secrets that make you feel worthless? In your effort to exert control, are you inflicting damage on yourself physically or emotionally? If so, you're probably overdue for a moment of divine intervention.
Natalie then encourages the reader to open their heart to God's presence and she continues with a simple prayer. She encourages us to be receptive to God's love and peace, even when we least expect it.

I have only named a few of the women who have contributed to this great collection of short devotions, and the writing for each day also includes a relevant scripture that would be perfect for memorizing.

I found this devotional book to be full of simple truth that points to forgiveness, establishing a stronger relationship with God, and the importance of friendships.  I give this one a huge thumbs up, and look forward to using this book as part of my devotions in 2012.

Disclosure: Book received through Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review.

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