Title: 5 Minutes with Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul
Author: Sheila Walsh with Sherri Gragg
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“Jesus longs to give you the gift of rest, and it can begin with five minutes a day …” states Shiela Walsh with Sherri Gragg in the introduction of their book, 5 Minutes with Jesus: Quiet Time for Your Soul.
~ What ~
At one hundred and ninety-two pages, this small hardbound targets women who only can spend a few minutes daily in God’s Word. Focusing on investing five minutes a day, its objective is to get closer to Christ by concentrating on Scripture. Using mainly the New International Translation of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NLT, NASB, NKJV, ESV, and The Message. Notes complete the book’s ending.
Containing fifty devotionals that are two to four pages each, each begins with a story from everyday life, the Bible, or the authors’ experiences. A dark blue box with a reminder statement separates the dialogue from the next section that are several Bible verses written out relating to the subject discussed. After reading the paragraphs, the goal is to correlate the verses to the writings.
~ Why ~
This book works well for those who like to read short devotionals about Biblical characters such as Jesus, Abram and Saria, Joseph, Elijah, Mary, Martha, and Phillip as well as historical and famous people from WWII, iconic movies, inventions, and other interesting backgrounds. I like that this book mentions God often, unlike a prior one of Walsh’s that had too much personal content.
~ Why Not ~
Some readers who want devotionals that only pertain to God may want to skip the pages involving an Alaska trip, problems with GPS, husband’s hearing issues, pet dogs, clinical depression, and social media. Others may only want to read that day’s five minutes of Bible verses.
~ Who ~
Bestselling author, Walsh has written several books including a children’s series and a novel. She lives in Texas with her husband and son. Gragg is a nationally published freelance writer and award winner who lives with her husband and five children in Tennessee.
~ Wish ~
I appreciate the focus on God on this devotional. I prefer devotionals that mainly have Bible verses written out with little or none of the author’s personal information.
~ Want ~
The book would make a nice gift for a new Christian woman, prompting her to read the Word daily and focus on Christ. Ideally, it should be read in addition to the Bible as a reminder of the many verses apropos to day-to-day life.
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