Title: 365 Devotions to Love God and Love Others Well
Author: Victoria York
“In this encouraging 354-day devotional, you’ll learn the many ways God cherishes you. Beloved Scripture passages and thoughtful devotions invite you to return that love and then embrace the adventure of reaching out to others in meaningful, honest, and profound ways,” the back jacket states in Victoria York’s book, 365 Devotions to Love God and Love Others Well.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-eight pages, this small hardbound for mainly women is designed to be read daily throughout a year while concentrating on loving God and others more. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the ASV, CSB, ESV, HCSB, NLT, and The Voice. With a satin blue attached page ribbon, the ending includes chapter references and several blank lined pages to write notes.
The book is separated into the twelve months of the year with one page for every day. Each dated page starts with a title and written-out Bible verse, followed by two to four paragraphs that begin with a topic related to God, His love, and how we can love, sometimes linking it to the Bible verse. The page ends with a short one to three sentence prayer.
One example is June 2nd that is titled The Common Man and has Isaiah 64:8 written out about the clay and the potter. The discussion reminds us that many people from the Old and New Testament and a few current-day individuals were common folk, but they became people of valor who did uncommonly great things for God. Even though we think we can be independent of Him, when we give ourselves completely to Him, He creates something remarkable in and through us. The prayer asks for Jesus to transform us to be the person He wants us to be.
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one does not. Instead, there are loving and thoughtful reminders of God’s unfathomable love to us and how we can accept that love, love Him back, and show others our love toward them. Some of the example titles include Tokens of Love, Who You Once Were, The Spark That Brings Hardship, Finishing Well, The Natural Mentor, Soldiers, and God Relents. Able to read each in under a minute, the devotions are short and to the point.
~ Why Not ~
Some women may not like themed devotions so would pass on this book. 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 ~
With each day’s reading being short and limited, the book would be more useful to me if it included more background and information of the Scripture chosen and other Bible verses related to the topic. I prefer using the King James Version for most Bible verse translations.
~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that focus on God’s love and how to accept and share it throughout the year, this focuses well on the topic and would make a great gift for that special person you love. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.
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-to-love-god-and-love-others-well-zondervan/1128137966