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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Daily Gifts From God Devotional Review

One of the things I love about the start of a new year, is the freshness of it.  A fresh new desk pad calendar, a new fridge calendar and my favorite, a brand new daily journal.  I just love seeing all those blank calendar pages waiting with a whole year of new possibilities.   I love to start each of those days out on a positive note.  What better way to do that then  by reading a scripture verse with a collection of devotional stories from various Christian writers.  It helps me set the tone for the day.  I keep mine in my kitchen.  I even like to have one for my bedside to read before going to sleep.

I was so excited to received the 'Daily Gifts of Grace'  from Book Sneeze to review  in December.  I wanted to wait until after reading some in January before sharing my thoughts with you.  I love the bright cheery yet peaceful book cover.  The magnetic flap closure is a great design and of course it has a matching ribbon book mark.

Lets talk about, beyond the design.
These Women of Faith contributors reads like a who's who of Christian writers.   It includes the following writers:
Jenna Lucado                   Patsy Clairmont                                                          
Mary Graham                   Natalie Grant
Lisa Harper                      Barbara Johnson
Carol Kent                       Marilynh Meberg
Sandi Patty                       Lori Robertson
Luci Swindoll                    Kim Cash Tate
Joni Eareckson Tada         Donna VanLiere
Sheila Walsh                     Lisa Whelchel

Now, a little about the content of 'Daily Gifts of Grace'. 
Daily Gifts of Grace left me a little empty.  All that each days writing was 'nice', it didn't leave me satisfied.  I felt like I'd been given a very small appetizer and was left waiting for a meal that never arrived.  When reading my daily devotional, I want something that is thought provoking or encouraging for my soul.  Something to ponder over for the day or to rest in thought with in the evening.  This isn't to say that there aren't some very good devotionals listed.  I'm just looking for something a little more satisfying.

Here is today's devotional - January 25th.
     A merry heart has a continual feast. ~Proverbs 15:15

When was the last time you went on a picnic?  Last week?  Last year?  Perhaps it's been so long you can't remember.  Well, don't put it off a moment longer.  Pick up a few goodies, pull out a basket, and get ready for some fun.  If the weather isn't agreeable, spread a cloth on the family room floor and see life and lunch from a new view.
    I suggest attending your picnic via bicycle.  By the time you arrive, the aromas emitting from you lunch will stimulate your saliva glands.  You could motor to a mountaintop, but I suggest a fertile valley, even if it's your backyard vegetable garden.  What could compare to a vine-ripened tomato or a freshly pulled carrot?  Give it a healthy squirt under a hose, and you're good to go.  A picnic menu doesn't have to be complicated.
     In fact, part of the joy of picnicking is imbibing in the simple pleasures of life:   slurping chilled watermelon while being serenaded by the brown thrasher on yonder limb.  Just make sure you're not sitting under the feathered songster, lest some of the notes he hits cause an unseemly splash.
     You might want to bring a friend, a journal, and a New Testament.  Jot down inspirations and ponder valley life and the shepherd who walks with us there.  A meaningful conversation makes a meal a memory.
     We may live in the valley, but we can find myriad ways to make mealtime divine.  Bon appetit!
                                                                                                                     - Patsy Clairmont

My rating would have to be 3 out of 5 stars.
Are you reading this devotional?  If so I'd love to hear your opinion.

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my owncopy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review.

1 comment:

  1. I've enjoyed this post so much! Thanks for sharing it. Yes, I too love the inspirational devotional books. Love me some Patsy Claremont too! Hugs & blessings, Cindy