I’ve mentioned it a few times on this blog, but I’ll say it again. I love things that are positive and uplifting. I’m a “glass half full” kind of person.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of difficulties in life. Health concerns, money issues, strife between people, and other things weigh us down. Sometimes it can feel overwhelming.
As a Christian, my faith is the thing that keeps me hopeful. The Bible makes it clear that life isn’t easy. I mean, even the greatest Christian examples endured many hardships. Despite the difficulties of life, the Bible also makes it clear that we can have peace, joy, and comfort through our relationship with God.
Devotional books are a great way to be refreshed daily in our walk of faith. Good devotionals bring us closer to God and reveal Him more to us.
I enjoyed reading the devotional book “365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart: Reflections on God’s Gifts of Love, Hope, and Comfort” from Bethany House Publishers. It has short daily devotional thoughts with an uplifting tone. Each passage begins and ends with a Bible verse and has a brief prayer to accompany it.
Although the readings for each day are short, I found them effective in turning my thoughts to God in a positive and helpful way. They contain helpful reminders for Christian women to find God’s love and grace in everyday circumstances.
The book offers wisdom from the Bible for common issues we face in the day-to-day ups and downs of life. The Bible selections highlight God’s goodness and His promises to us – to offer hope and inspiration to serve Him on a daily basis.
This devotional uses a wide variety of Bible translations for the passages. I counted 18 translations listed on the copyrights page. With the book open to two days of devotional readings, it usually has verses in four different Bible translations. For example, the January 1 and January 2 pages use passages from the HCSB, NASB, NIV, and NRSV.
I sometimes found this to be distracting to read verses in translations I don’t normally use. Some translations (The Message, in particular) stray too far from the other versions to suit me. Ultimately, though, that didn’t take too much away from my reading of this devotional book.
If you’re looking for an uplifting devotional book that offers a quick thought for the day, this one is worth considering. It doesn’t dwell deeply on any of the passages it addresses, but it offers a nice selection of daily reflections that do what the title says: offer short moments of peace and inspiration from God’s word.
It’s always nice to start a devotional book right at the new year and read it from the front cover. However, this book could be started at any time of the year, since the daily readings are independent of each other. They don’t build on the topics from one day to another.
365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart: Reflections on God’s Gifts of Love, Hope, and Comfort is available at Amazon (affiliate link).
What’s your favorite devotional book?
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I received a free copy of the book “365 Moments of Peace for a Woman’s Heart” as part of the Bethany House Blogger Review Program. All opinions are my own.
I’m a glass is half full person too.
I was just looking at this devotional to buy as a gift for a friend of mine! I ended up choosing something else but I’m going to have to maybe investigate this one for myself.
I’m currently doing a Bible study entitled Emotionally Healthy Spirituality and it comes with a “Daily Office” devotional. I like it because it melds so well with the study and it includes two devotionals a day. So I usually do one in the morning and one mid-day or at night before bed.
Thanks so much for sharing!
Wishing you a lovely weekend.
Jennifer, I’ll have to check out the study you’re using, too. I love finding good, helpful Bible studies and devotionals! Have a great weekend yourself.