Title: Devotions from the Beach
Authors: Miriam Drennan & Betsy Painter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
“As you rock in your hammock or have a quiet morning moment with coffee and your Bible, think about the times God has delivered you. Consider the blessings He has showered upon you,” Miriam Drennan and Betsy Painter end one of their short devotions in their book, Devotions from the Beach.
~ What ~
At two-hundred-twenty-four pages, this hardbound book targets those who love spending time at a beach or waterfront as it relates to God. Using mainly the New Living Translation of The Holy Bible, also referenced are the NKJV, ESV, NIV, and MSG. A cream ribbon marker is attached.
After an ownership page and table of contents, this book contains one hundred devotions, each one being one page long with beautiful full-color photographs of beaches, waves, sand, sea animals, seafood, and serene scenery. Beginning with a title and written Bible verse underneath it, several paragraphs relate to the topic regarding enjoying or being at a beach. A short prayer ends each devotion.
Some of the titled devotions are The Strength of Sea Oats, Feeding Birds, Follow Those Footprints, Reflections, Escape the Ebb Tide, Better Boat Shoes, Rescue Required, Pebble Beaches, Something’s Missing, A Seahorse’s Tail, The Parrot-Fish Specialty, Poolside Retreat, Jumping Waves, and Boardwalk Choices.
I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God, and this book does that. The stories are brief and to the point, correlating to God and His grace, love, beauty, and creativity. Old and New Testament verses are included.
A favorite was Lighthouses with Micah 7:8 NIV written out about the Lord is our light. While lighthouses are mysterious, solitary, and majestic, they serve a purpose in protecting us. The Lord wants to be the beacon in our lives, just as Micah realized when he felt alone at times. God has a different perspective that is the Light that guides us through life. The prayer asks for the Lord’s strength and light as we trust in Him.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on getting closer to the Almighty. Others may wish there were enough devotions that covered a full year. I found the topics are not in depth.
~ Wish ~
With the stunning photographs throughout the book, it would be thoughtful to give credit at the end of the book from the photographers. I do not care for The Message version of Scriptures so have to look up the King James Version translation for accuracy.
~ Want ~
If you like devotionals with beautiful photographs and short reading, this is an excellent choice for someone who loves the sounds, sights, and scenery of the beach. It would make a beautiful addition to a beach cottage or an oceanview bed-and-breakfast bookcase or bedside table.
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/2YI3RnY