Settle My Soul

Title: Settle My Soul
Authors: Karen Ehman & Ruth Schwenk
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 978-0-310-09540-8

“As busy women juggling lots of responsibilities just like you, we know how hard it can be to press pause and refresh your spirit,” Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk write in the introduction of their book, Settle My Soul: 100 Quiet Moments to Meet with Jesus.

~ What ~
A Pressing Pause Devotional, this two-hundred-and-fifty-six-pages canvas hardbound book targets those who are seeking a three-plus monthly devotional about being more remindful of Christ and what He has done for us. Using mainly the New International Version of The Holy Bible, also referenced are the AMP, ESV, CSB, KJV, and NLT. A green ribbon marker is attached.

After an ownership page, praises for the book, table of contents, and introduction, this contains one hundred devotions, ending with the authors’ biographies. Each chapter is two to three pages long with the number and title at the top of the page with a Bible verse or two written out. Several paragraphs in green print follow related to the topic. An applicable prayer is in pink at the end with one or two questions in green ink and several pink dotted lines to write down answers.

~Why ~
This is a lovely-looking devotional for a young Christian woman who wants and needs to spend a few minutes daily with the Lord after reading Scriptures. I like its prettiness, layout, and format of its contents. Some interesting topics discussed include Rethinking Solitude, Know the While Story, The Security of Self Control, Do Not Be Anxious, Find and Replace, Answer Envy, A Dime in My Pocket, Would You Follow You?, A House Full of Treasures, What Anger Reveals, and Pursue Joy.

One that stuck out in reading this book was #45, Everybody’s Got Something with Proverbs 19:11 ESV written out. The writer explains several things that irked her about her husband and how everyone has personalities, behaviors, or quirks that may irritate us, but by reading the Word of God, we can use good sense to slow down our anger. The prayer asks us to learn to let go of our loved ones’ missteps and ask Christ for forgiveness. The question is “Who sometimes bothers you with their behavior, and how can you overlook their offenses?”

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on spending more time with Him. While some may not mind the many references to the authors’ experiences, others like me do not relate to them. Some may not like the color font or small writing of the prayers.

~ Wish ~
If the book is to promote spending time with Jesus for a few minutes a day, this one has too many inferences to the authors’ lives. Since I am an older woman, I would prefer searching Scripture than reading about others. I wish there were more Bible verses and characters of the Word mentioned instead.

~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that often contain the authors’ experiences while reminding to spend quiet moments with God, this would be a nice gift for someone special, but please do not read it instead of the Bible, even if you are pressed for time.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2EfBaab

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