Title: Spoken from the Heart: Living a Life of Obedience
Author: Cheri Swalwell
Publisher: Spoken by the Heart
ISBN # 9781545139851
“It wasn’t until I truly understood how much God craves a relationship with me, His child, that I began to understand why He also desires my obedience,” Cheri Swalwell writes in the introduction of her book, Spoken from the Heart: Living a Life of Obedience.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-twelve-page book targets readers looking for a quick Christian women’s devotional that can be read daily over a thirty-two day period. Referencing the New International Version of the Holy Bible, it also uses The Message. With a dedication, list of other authored books, written out Bible verse, and note from the author at the beginning, its ending has a thank you, acknowledgments, contact information, and her biography.
With more than a month of short two- to four-page devotions, the book examines the author’s journey learning to obey God, no matter what the cost. Beginning with written out Bible verses or quotes from a well-known writer or pastor, the chapters cover obeying God, stepping into His promise, waiting on His schedule, being one of His sheep, and learning obedience is hard to name a few.
~ Why ~
Everyone has different experiences when they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and Swalwell shares her struggles, fears, and frustration as she learns to obey the Savior more. I like how she discusses the importance of having a deep relationship with Christ to want to obey Him, hopelessness to hopefulness, and examining the Israelites and Biblical characters such as David and Paul. She divulges how she deals with anger, depression, a miscarriage, job changes, eating addictions, and her husband’s illness by being in the Word, fasting, and trusting God.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have or want a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not be interested in this book. Some may not like devotions that include the author’s experiences, fears, and reflections by correlating it to her family’s pet reptile, leeches, fixer-up shows, glass pearls, and a puppy. Others may wish more Bible verses or Biblical examples were added.
~ Who ~
An ardent Christ follower, Swalwell is a wife, mother, and writer who lives in the Midwest with her husband and family. She has written over a dozen books with many in this series as well as been a contributor for another devotional.
~ Wish ~
Being one who prefers devotionals that have little of the author’s personal information, I found this is a woman’s journal of how she deepened her relationship with Christ by obedience. Although others may like this type of devotion, those I read that have a lot of personal content are given 4 stars out of 5 because I try to only focus on Jesus when adding to my daily Bible reading.
~ Want ~
Similar to most devotionals, this book reflects the thoughts and personal feelings of a Christian who desires to be closer to Christ. Although it mainly contains the author’s experiences, readers may find it a helpful reminder to obey God in conjunction to daily reading Scriptures.
Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am reviewing freely.
GRAMMARLY was used to check for errors in this review.