Ever few months I receive a new devotional work that is published to help the Christian grow in their love for and knowledge of Jesus. Some devotions are written for particular times of the year, like Advent or Easter, whilst others are general studies that you can undertake at any point. I’d like to introduce you to a few devotions that may be of assistance to you. The reviews will be short, but I hope you’ll get a flavour of each work 🙂
Brightest and Best by Philippa Ruth Wilson
There are so many things wrong with the world, so much suffering, so much pain and so much turmoil that when you approach the Christmas season you might not feel particularly joyful. Nevertheless there are still glorious promises that are true and can bring comfort to the weary soul this Christmas. For 31 days you’ll read short reflections on Bible passages and wonderful truths, you’ll read prayers that will help you to focus on Jesus and you’ll see artwork relevant to the passage of Scripture. Unlike most Advent devotions, this one goes though to the 31st December which is good because of the topics that Wilson tackles then (such as identity, disappointment, dread, etc.). This could be a helpful devotional to you this advent. I must say that whilst the devotionals themselves are good, the artwork in the book isn’t great. Some pictures are better than others, but don’t let that put you off!
Truth for Life by Alistair Begg
This is the second volume of devotions written by Begg, you can find the first here. Personally, I think that these devotions are helpful, they cover a wide range of Scripture, they are both informative and applicational and they follow the patten of head, heart and hands.
- Head – how is God calling me to think differently?
- How is God reordering my heart’s affections–what I love?
- What is God calling me to do as I go about my day today?
I find these helpful questions and perspectives through which to read the Bible in the morning. Whilst I have enjoyed volume 1 in the morning with my wife recently, we have both struggled to see a pattern in Begg’s plan for each day. One day your in the New Testament, the next your in the Old Testament without any plan of where you’re going. Whilst it’s a minor point for the more mature Christian, I think it can be a bit confusing for a new believer, or someone who is just discovering quiet times and devotional material.
Known by Lisa Derhake
Psalm 23 is a wonderful Psalm that is both comforting and well-known. In this short 10 week study of Psalm you’ll be helped to marvel at our wonderful God who reveals Himself as a shepherd. It’s a bit like a workbook designed in order to help you focus on God each day of the week. There are short introductions, reflection questions, places for notes and enough material and Bible passages to keep you busy for a while. 10 weeks might be a bit optomistic!
Proving Ground by Graham Hooper
People spend hours of their lives working, working for others and surrounded by others whether in a paid capacity or not. Our work provides us with great opportunities to witness to those around us of how great our God is and how good His plan is for the world. In this book you’ll find 40 devotionals, each written on a different topic to help you be the best worker and witness you can be. There are a whole host of topic discussed from ambition to faithfulness, form being the boss to dealing with conflict, from bullying and harassment to identity and worth. Each day you’ll find a short devotional thoughts with reflection question that you can ponder throughout the day. This could be a helpful book to read on the bus or train to work each morning for the next 40 days.
*** I received a copy of these books from the publishers in exchange for honest reviews. This does not change the way I rate the books. My views are my own. ***