Starting the morning well always makes a day seem better, doesn’t it?
That’s why I was drawn to the book “Blessings for the Morning: Prayerful Encouragement to Begin Your Day” by Susie Larson. I received the book complimentary from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
The first thing that struck me about this book is the beautiful photography on every page. It truly is a lovely book to peruse in the morning. The wonderful images make each page inviting.
The 203-page book has a Bible passage on each left-side page and an accompanying blessing for the day on the right-hand page. The Bible verses are primarily from the NIV translation, although some verses are from the NKJV, NLT, TLB, and The Message versions.
Although this book doesn’t specifically say it’s blessings for women, it is certainly aimed toward a female demographic. The delicate tea cup and pink flowers on the front cover may already make that obvious, but I thought it was worth a mention. At least one of the scripture passages (on page 50) is from Proverbs 31 focusing on women.
One of the things I like best about this book is the extensive table of contents at the beginning. There are no dates associated with the blessings, so you can read straight through or select pages topically from the table of contents.
The titles for each page make it easy to find an appealing passage for a particular day or circumstance. Topics cover a wide range, from “Seated with Christ” to “Ready for a Change” to “Rest While He Works.” The book includes blessings for special occasions, including Christmas and the New Year.
The book does as its subtitle describes – it offers encouragement for the day. I wouldn’t classify it as a true devotional book because it is focused more on the reader’s experience and outlook rather than about God. However, it does point the reader toward God on every page. It’s not a Bible study, but instead a collection of encouraging thoughts – blessings – from the author for living the day in faith.
This is a handy book for positive, uplifting spiritual thoughts about God’s love and grace. With its small size, this book could be easily tucked into a bag to take along on a morning commute or stashed in a desk at work. Physically, the book is well made, with a sturdy hardcover design and glossy pages.
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I received a free copy of the book “Blessings for the Morning: Prayerful Encouragement to Begin Your Day” as part of the Bethany House Blogger Review Program. All opinions are my own.