Title: What a Great Word for Grads
Author: Karen Moore
“Each word is genuinely directed toward aligning your work, your spiritual growth, and your hopes and dreams as you are molded and shaped into the person God intends you to be,” Karen Moore writes in the introduction of her book, What a Great Word for Grads.
~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-thirty-four pages, this small hardbound is designed to encourage, challenge, and bless recent graduates. Using mainly the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NCV, NIV, NKJV, NLT, MSG, KVJ, and CEV. The beginning has a presentation page, while the ending includes one page of God’s promises, acknowledgments, an alphabetical listing of words used, and the writer’s biography.
The book is separated into four sections, with each containing ten chapters of ten different words from the Bible. The divisions include Attitude, Finding Success, the Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi, and the Prayer of Saint Patrick. Some of the random words concentrated on include attitude, goals, love, wisdom, kindness, integrity, laughter, and victory.
Each word is the entire focus of a chapter, beginning with the word title, byline, and a written-out Bible verse. Several paragraphs are included regarding the topic, followed by quotes by famous individuals and sometimes Bible verses. The ending has a prayer written out in blue ink.
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one does not. Instead, there are encouragements for the graduate that promote focusing on God, not themselves. Including the quotes further exemplifies the word topic. The prayers are uplifting as they worship our Savior and thank Him for what He has done for us. Able to read each in under a few minutes, the devotions are short and to the point.
One of my favorite chapters was on the word character with the Bible verse from Romans 5:3-5 written out. The paragraphs urge the graduate to be the real by using the sense of integrity and pride to face life’s obstacles, showing the strength of character by knowing God is always with you. Quotes are from Ralph Waldo Emerson, Anne Frank, Helen Keller, Dwight L. Moody, John Wooden, an adaption from Henry Ward Beecher, and an unknown author. The prayer asks the Lord for the ability to become a person of character and thanks Him for family members who can be proud of him or her.
~ Why Not ~
Students who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this read. With the book only containing forty chapters, it may not be for some recent graduates who are looking for a daily or yearly devotional. Others may prefer longer or deeper devotionals that explain the Bible verse in depth or only reading the Scriptures as their daily time with God.
~ Wish ~
Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal. I prefer using the King James Version for most Bible verse translations.
~ Want ~
If you like a quick read with quotes about keywords in the Bible and how they relate to graduating and moving into the next adventure of life, this would make a great gift for that son, daughter, relative, or friend finishing high school, college, or a master’s program who wants to be reminded and encouraged of God’s presence. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.
Thanks to Hachette Book Group, FaithWords, and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2GYwesl