Title: 365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart
“Each daily devotional offers an encouraging Scripture and a closing prayer to help you focus on what God is accomplishing in and through you,” the back jacket states in the book, 365 Devotions for a Thankful Heart.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this small hardbound for women meant to be read daily throughout a year encourages focusing on having thankful heart though God. Using mainly the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the CEV, ESV, KJV, MSG, NASB, NCV, NIV, and NLT. It comes with an attached mint green marker ribbon.
The book is separated by month with one page dedicated to each day of the year. Each date starts with a title and written-out Bible verse, followed by several paragraphs that usually begin with an everyday topic or idea, Bible story or character, or notable figure or happening. The page ends with a short one to two-line prayer of thankfulness.
As it concentrates on being thankful, some random titles include Seeing Past Our Stumbling, Being Like Mary and Martha, Two Simple Words, Everyday Courage, A Wardrobe Worthy of the King, A Little Salt, Precious to the Lord, s, Responding with Prayer, The Potter’s Task, In His Hands, No What-Ifs, Bloom and Grow, The Eeyore Within, More Precious Than Rubies, and In His Image.
So many devotions include a writer’s personal experiences, but this one does not. I am so thankful that its focus is on God and the Bible. I like that I could relate to the topics and how God is the One we should be thanking. The prayers are short but meaningful.
One devotion I enjoyed is dated September 16 titled “Rejoice … Always?” with Philippians 4:4 written out. The commentary lists several excuses we all make when things are going poorly and how we should rejoice and be glad because we can do “all things through Christ who strengthens us” including rejoice. The prayer is asking the Lord to teach us how to rejoice because each moment is spent with Him.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not believe in Jesus Christ as their savior may not appreciate this devotional. Some women may not like themed devotions so would pass on it. Others may prefer only reading the Scriptures as their daily reading. It should not replace daily Bible reading.
~ Wish ~
While I was impressed with the deep concentration on the topic of being thankful in this book, I wish only a few Bible versions were provided as some have rather liberal interpretations of Scripture.
~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that you can relate to throughout the year while reminding you to be thankful, this one will help you see how God is always there for us and wonderfully takes care of us. It would make a thoughtful thank-you gift for a loved one.
Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/365-devotions-for-a-thankful-heart-zondervan/1127456090