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Review: In the Shadow of His Wings

Title:  In the Shadow of His Wings
Author: Roslynn Long
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3948-9

“Each bird photograph in this book is a kind of ‘Ebenezer’ of my birding expeditions–they are reminders of the love and care of the Lord in even the smallest matters of life,” Roslynn Long writes in the introduction to her devotional, In the Shadow of His Wings: 40 Uplifting Devotions Inspired by Birds.

~ What ~
This square one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound targets those who enjoy a devotional devoted to birds and how they correlate to God. With beautiful photographs by the author, it contains Biblical stories and applications that are taken from the Holy Bible. The NIV, ESV, NASB, NKJV, and NLT versions are referenced.

From three to five pages each, the forty devotions have one to two full-color photographs each of all types of birds that include bluebirds, cardinals, ducks, eagles, geese, hawks, herons, hummingbirds, loons, mallards, meadowlarks, owls, sparrows, swans, and more. The devotions relate to various topics such as the Garden of Eden, the attributes and characteristics of God, what Jesus did for us, and how we can be more Christlike. Bible verses are gleaned from books like Genesis, I Samuel, Psalms, Jeremiah, Nahum, Matthew, Luke, John, Galatians, Colossians, Hebrews, James, and I John to name a few.

~ Why ~
Those who like birds and reading short devotions that focus on God will enjoy this book. The photographs are simple yet stunning as they display our Maker’s creativity. The readings blend how birds can remind us of the Lord’s love, care, and encouragement.

One devotional I appreciated was Don’t Look Down about Peter faltering when he walked on the water to Jesus, which is mentioned in Matthew 14. The writer ties the story to a mallard duckling having to jump off a wooden ledge; he looked at his mother instead of down. Only by focusing on Christ can we address our fears and take a leap of faith toward Him as we go through day-to-day trials.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with the Almighty may not be interested in this type of book. Others may not care for the many stories that include the author’s personal experiences, although they do revert to God.

~ Wish ~
Since there are no page numbers listed, it is hard to find a specific bird listed at the back of the book. Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are or know a bird lover who loves looking at photographs and reading about God’s feathered creatures, this would be a thoughtful and uplifting devotional.

Thanks to Baker Publishing and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BakerPublishing #IntheShadowofHisWings #RoslynnLong #BirdDevotional

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Review: Boldly Going Somewhere

Title: Boldly Going Somewhere
Authors: Ron & Aimee Cooper
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-68515-209-3

“The most important lesson was that there was always something interesting waiting ahead,” Ron Cooper writes in his and his wife’s book about traveling in a recreational vehicle, Boldly Going Somewhere.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-seventy-eight-page paperback targets those interested in the experiences of a retired couple living in a motorhome for two years while crisscrossing the United States several times. After a table of contents, the two- to ten-page chapters that include sporadic black and white photographs are written by either the husband or wife. Its ending includes ten Lessons of the Road and the authors’ biography.

This easy-to-read story covers a hundred thousand miles traveled in a twenty-nine-foot RV by a married pair who are determined to take time to see the sights and remote areas of America. With analytical and statistical viewpoints from Ron about the where and when of the trip, Aimee often focused on the how and why that include social interactions, day-to-day emotions, and marital frustrations. It is a collection of some of their adventures staying at over five hundred campgrounds, eating at over a thousand places, riding a bicycle in twenty-six states, and working out at over two hundred YMCAs while zigzagging along freeways, highways, ferries, and backroads.

~Why ~
Having parents who did the same thing of selling their home and traveling around the States for two years, I appreciate how these two learned to search out and find the beauty of our land and the good of our people. I liked their stories of camping, fishing, swimming, biking, and eating local food as well as their tips on toilet paper, trash, and rest stops. Adding the chapter on their best places to eat, stay, take a scenic drive, and see was helpful. Their trip promoted going with the flow and accepting challenges in life.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to drive for more than four hours a day or deal with setting up or breaking down camp repeatedly may not like this read or consider such a trip. Others may find a bit of repetition when places and experiences were repeated between the two writers or not care for the “and then we went to” dialogue describing their travels. A few may not approve of the minor profanity, but it is not overdone.

~ Wish ~
While I liked the style of both writers, I felt this was their RV experience, so it has more importance to them and not the everyday reader. Including an index by state/city/town or topic may be helpful to those who want to use the book as a guide when traveling. With a few grammar and punctuation errors, it would be ideal if it were professionally edited.

~ Want ~
If you are considering pulling up roots and going on the road in America for a couple of years, this would be a perfect book for a novice RVer who, no doubt, will have your own stories to tell as you roll your rig around the next bend.

Thanks to the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RonAimeeCooper #BoldlyGoingSomewhere #PalmettoPublishing #2YearsRving #OntheAmericanBackroad

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Hues of You

Title: Hues of You
Author: Lucretia Carter Berry, PhD
Illustrator: Adia Carter
Publisher: WaterBrook
ISBN: 978-0-593-23463-1

“The most important thing to remember, though, is this: No matter what color your skin is, you have the power to name your shade of brown and decide what hue best describes you,” Lucretia Carter Berry writes in her children’s book, Hues of You: An Activity Book for Learning About the Skin You Are In.

~ What ~
This sixty-four-page paperback targets mainly seven to ten-year-old children who like learning about skin color and its differences in people while drawing and filling its pages. With no scary scenes, the activity book has pages with instructions to color or draw people and write down their characteristics based often on skin tones.

After a note to adults, using tips, words to know, a skin tone spectrum, and ownership page, the book is divided into four sections that cover the reader, his/her family, ancestors, and friends, focusing on brown pigmentation in each. The first chapter includes directions for drawing one’s hands, feet, facial features, hair, clothing, and favorite relationships, while the second is about family and the differences in its members and daily living. The pages on ancestors involve geological origins and traditions, and the final part has an area to add five friends and their special characteristics.

~ Why ~
Teaching that we all are special in every way is important to second to fifth graders, and this book does it through the color brown and how its many shades are in melanin. I love how the book concentrates on paying attention to everyone’s features, that we are all a shade of brown, and allowing them to name their own brown color hue. The book is educational with its information on pigment, hair follicles, indigenous people, colorism, and nationality.

~ Why Not ~
Children who do not like to color or draw may have no interest in this creative activity book, but it might stimulate thinking about skin color differences in others. Some may find it would be best used in a classroom environment where there is teacher instruction and open discussions about each chapter.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if an index were included, especially on the words to know. I could see it packaged with a box of a dozen brown crayons or colored pencils as some may not be able to access so many hues.

~ Want ~
If you need to explain why we have different skin tones to several kids at the same time, this would be a great way to do it in a journal format that could be kept and cherished by each artist.

Thanks to WaterBrook and Multnomah Book Launch Team for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#WaterBrook #MultnomahBookLaunchTeam #HuesofYou #LucretiaCarterBerryPhD #AdiaCarter

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My Daily Pursuit

My Daily Pursuit: Devotions for Every Day

Title: My Daily Pursuit
Author: A.W. Tozer
Compiler: James L. Snyder
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3841-3

The one goal of this devotional is to stir up in the hearts of serious-minded Christians such a passion for God,” James L. Snyder writes in the introduction of A.W. Tozer’s book, My Daily Pursuit: Devotions for Every Day.

~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this small hardbound is designed to promote pursuing God daily throughout the year. Using only the King James Version of The Holy Bible, the beginning has an introduction followed by three-hundred-and-sixty-five devotions.

Each day’s writing is one page and begins with the date and one or more written out Bible verses. There are several short paragraphs about the topic and how they apply to everyday living. All contain four to six lines from a quoted hymn and its author plus a short prayer.

Some of the readings involve Exodus, Deuteronomy, I Samuel, Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Luke, Mark, Romans, Ephesians, Philippians, I John, and others. Some of the hymnists include Bathurst, Cowper, Crosby, Faber, Grant, Smith, Thompson, Watts, and Wesley.

~Why ~
I love devotionals that do not have commentary of the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one rarely mentions himself. Able to read each in a few minutes, the devotions are short and to the point. I appreciate the hymns are added with the authors’ birth and death years noted. The prayers are tender and helpful.

One I enjoyed was August 15th with Job 38: 4 and 7 written out about the morning stars singing together to God. The commentary reminds us to not look at God gloomily and stop thinking like a mechanic or technician. We should be in awe of the Creator and all He has made. The hymn is “This is My Father’s World” by Babcock. The prayer is about focusing on the tokens of God’s will and pleasure.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this read. Some may not realize that Tozer may have believed in Lordship salvation and various forms of mysticism that are contrary to the Word of God. Others may find the writings dated and hard to follow.

~ Wish ~
While I love the idea of pursuing God every day, I wish the readings did not suggest that one must have moral reformation to later receive spiritual regeneration and become a child of Christ, whereas John 20:31 states “… that believing ye might have life through His name.” It would be helpful if each day had a titled theme and the ending had an index of Bible verses and hymnists used. Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you like a famous writer’s works about pursuing Christ with the caveat that you must completely change before you choose Him, this may work for you, but please be aware it teaches there must be an “intent to reform” in order to receive the Lord’s free gift of eternal life. Due to its limitedness, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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One Word for Today for Spirit-Filled Living

Title: One Word for Today for Spirit-Filled Living
Authors: Gretchen Rodriguez and David Sluka
Publisher: Chosen
ISBN: 978-0-8007-6230-8

“Each day you will focus on one word that will guide your attention toward the Lord in the context of the biblical theme for that day,” states the introduction in Gretchen Rodriguez and David Sluta’s book, One Word for Today for Spirit-Filled Living: A 90-Day Devotional

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-ninety-two-page hardbound targets men and women who want to concentrate on one word a day for three months and how they relate to God. After an ownership page, introduction, and table of contents, each of ninety words covers two pages. With a Bible verse or two written out at the top of the left side of the pages, followed are several paragraphs correlating the day’s word to a personal application. The right sides of the pages include a comment or two under Reflect, Pray, Declare, and Act. Using mainly the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the KJV, NIV, NKJV, NLT, TPT, and WEB are also referenced. It comes with an attached ribbon marker.

These ninety devotions are meant to be read under two minutes as inspirational meditation of the Scriptures. Some of the various words of the days are Closer, Hope, Work, Ask, Seek, Come, Obedience, Wisdom, Faithful, Honor, Persevere, Approachable, Full, Raised, Ablaze, Unchanging, and Keep. The ending has a special invitation.

~ Why ~
With one word a day programs, one can focus on a specific word for twenty-four hours. I like that this is a devotional about Jesus and how looking toward Him throughout the day makes us become more spirit-filled.

One chapter I appreciated was Number 11, Bless, which has Psalm 103:1 NKJV written out. The devotion reminds us not to come to God demanding or asking for something but to bless the Lord throughout the day by honoring, thanking, and praying to Him. The Reflect section asks what it would look like to invest a day only blessing the Lord with attitude and actions. The Pray is about desiring the right motives when we bless God. The Declare is “I am a blessing to God,” and the Act is to ask the Holy Spirit to show us how to bless the Trinity.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not understand why we need a devotional that reminds us of God throughout the day. The book is limited in its content and not in-depth teaching. Others may prefer daily Bible reading or a yearly devotional that does not cover only twelve weeks.

~ Wish ~
While this is a lovely gift book for a friend or self who likes to have a word a day to dwell on, it may not be enough for someone who wants to learn more from Scripture. I wish the eternal plan of salvation and its related prayer explained it in more detail.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a compact, simplistic daily Biblical devotional that covers a word a day for three months, this is a nice reminder, but being more saturated in the Word of God may be more helpful.

Thanks to Chosen for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

#Chosen #OneWordforTodayforSpiritFilledLiving #90DayWordDevotional #GretchenRodriguez #DavidSluka

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Once “A Pun” A Time

Title: Once “a pun” a Time
Author: Wolf Cub Chlo
Publisher: Wold Cub Chlo LLC
ISBN: 978-1-64943061-8

“Now, it’s YOUR turn to create silly jokes! To help, I will give you a word and picture so you can write something silly about it,” Wolf Cub Chlo writes in her children’s book, Once “a pun” a time: A guide to reading and telling jokes.

~ What ~
This twenty-eight-page paperback targets children ages four to ten years old who enjoy reading, understanding, and creating jokes based on word puns. There are no scary depictions with simplistic, colorful, cut-and-pasted illustrations.

After dedication and autobiography pages, the first part contains fourteen jokes, one per page, with questions and answers in bubble designs with animals, food, and toys against white backgrounds. The second section has instructions on how to create your own jokes with five suggestions and lines to write them down. The ending includes congratulations and a thank you for reading the book.

~ Why ~
Since this book was written by a six-year-old, it has corny yet funny jokes that most kids can comprehend. I like jokes that contain play-on-words, and these are silly and innocuous. Explaining ways to create jokes is creative and unique to the book.

Here are two of the puns:
What did the coffee drinking pup say to the coughing kitten?
~ Answer: Stop “coffeeing” on me.
Why couldn’t the librarian hang out over the weekend?
~ Answer: Because they were “booked” and busy.

Here is one of the joke-writing instructions:
Orange ya glad you get to write your own jokes too!! Use the word orange to create a silly story or sentence.

~ Why Not ~
Some of these jokes are pretty lame, but they fit their age group. However innocuous they are, the silliness will bring joy to children. Beginner readers may have trouble understanding some of the jokes, especially if they are play-on-words. A few may find the font too hard to read and too small.

~ Wish ~
The fact that a six-year-old wrote this book is an accomplishment, but it has many capitalization and punctuation errors plus slang words that may confuse new readers to think using them are acceptable (some examples are the partially capitalized title, missing commas, and words like gotta and ya).

~ Want ~
If your child or a young one likes and understands puns, this may help them write their own jokes, but I wonder how much of it was written by a six-year-old due to its content.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#WolfCubChlo #OnceAPunATime #JokeBook

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My Thank You Journal

Title: My Thank You Journal
Author: Joyce Meyer
Publisher: Ellie Claire Gifts
ISBN: 978-1-5460-1247-4

“Each day, write something for which you are thankful. When God blesses you in special ways, write them down so you do not forget them,” Joyce Meyer pens in the introduction of her diary book, My Thank You Journal.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound targets those who like to write in journals. After an ownership page, the book contains blank lined pages with short sayings placed randomly at the top and bottom of the majority of the pages. Referencing mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, it includes a few written out Bible verses.

The idea of this journal is to write down and keep track of being thankful and blessed. The inserts promote concentrating on what the Lord has done for us and how to be thankful for His love, care, and joy. Some of the Bible verses are from Exodus, I Chronicles, Psalms, I and II Corinthians, Colossians, Ephesians, Philippians, and James to name a few.

~ Why ~
Those who like writing in a journal will appreciate this one dedicated to thankfulness. I like that that there are plenty of lines nicely spaced on each page, allowing ample areas to write. The book’s design has calendulas and baby’s breath against a mint background that is soothing and calm. It is compact so can be carried in a large purse or backpack.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not be interested in a book promoting writing down thanks to Him, but the book could be used as a simple journal for note-taking. Others who write in a large font may wish the spaces were further apart, but they are decently laid out.

~ Wish ~
It would be helpful if the book included an attached marker ribbon.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a lovely journal to help you become more thankful and grateful, this would be an asset throughout the years.

* UPDATE: After speaking with friends and doing a little online research, my opinions of Joyce Meyer and her ministry have changed so cannot recommend this book: https://the-end-time.org/2021/02/09/bullet-points-on-why-joyce-meyer-is-a-false-teacher/

Thanks to Hachette Book Group, FaithWorks, and Ellie Claire for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#HatchetteBookClub #FaithWorks #EllieClaire #MyThankfulJournal #JoyceMeyer

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3-Minute Devotions to Laugh and Reflect

Title: 3-Minute Devotions to Laugh and Reflect
Authors: Christopher D. Hudson & Stan Campbell
Publisher: BethanyHouse
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3441-5

“This is a fun, low-key approach to daily devotions that promises to stay with you and encourage your faith,” states the back jacket in Christopher D. Hudson and Stan Campbell’s book, 3-Minute Devotions to Laugh and Reflect: Lighten Your Load and Brighten Your Day.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-seventy-two-page paperback targets those who want ninety short, quick-to-read daily devotions. Using mainly the New International Version of The Holy Bible, The Message is also referenced. The ending has notes, the writers’ biographies, and an advertisement.

Containing cartoon drawings on the left side of the pages, the right sides have devotions with titles, written out Bible verses, and several paragraphs about topics that are focused on the Word of God. They are meant to cheer up, encourage, and uplift the reader. Some of the chapters are titled Play Nice, Tradition vs. Change, Enticements, No Spiritual Bipasses, Future Shock Absorbers, Weight Problems, Membership Dues, Bond Like a Girl, Better Hopes and Gardens, Genuine Service, Make Time, Act Your Age, The Company You Keep, Ever Ready, Just Let It Go, and Redacting Scripture.

~ Why ~
This is a sophomoric three-month devotional that is light and breezy while showing a more comical side of Christianity with its added cartoons. It contains a gambit of everyday subjects that readers can relate to and appreciate. I like that it mentions we should not pick fights over some Biblical stances such as predestination versus free will and politics.

One interesting devotion is Stomach Trouble, referencing Philippians 3:18-19 and a cartoon that says “I just hope his sermon on the dangers of self-centeredness doesn’t make us late for lunch.” The topic is about being in church with a grumbling stomach and daydreaming about what to eat when it is over. It is reiterated that this may not be a stomach but heart problem, where distractions get in the way of focusing on God & what He wants from us.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not understand how His Word is important and should be read daily. Others may not like the Bible versions used or that the limited devotions contain quite a few church topics and are not as deep as expected, but the idea of the book is light-hearted and engaging. Some may consider the devotions diluted and without much substance.

~ Wish ~
While I understand the desire to make devotions pleasant, quick, and uplifting, I wish the book had more Biblical references, suggested Bible reading for each chapter, and perhaps a prayer written out to consider. I prefer all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a beginner’s devotional that does not contain a lot of Bible reading but encourages focusing on the Lord, this may work for a new Christian, but it should not be read instead of the Word due to its rudimentary content.

Thanks to Bethany House for this complimentary book that I am freely reviewing.

#BethanyHouse #3MinuteDevotionstoLaughandReflect #ChristopherDHudson #StanCampbell #BeginnersDevotional #NewChristianDevotions

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God is My Hiding Place

Title: God is My Hiding Place
Author: Corrie Ten Boom
Publisher: BethanyHouse
ISBN: 978-0-8007-6177-6

God will heal my broken heart and teach me to love in ways I cannot comprehend,” Corrie Ten Boom reiterates in one of the chapters of her book, God is My Hiding Place: 40 Devotions for Refuge and Strength.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-seventy-six pages, this small hardbound is a collection by the famous Dutch woman who survived the Holocaust and encouraged others to seek the Lord for strength. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the NIV, NKJV, and TLB versions. With a tan attached ribbon marker, the beginning has an ownership page, about the author page, and introduction from the publisher, while the ending includes a special invitation to the eternal plan of salvation.

This book contains 40 Biblical devotions that convey stories of her life that showed her how to increase her relationship with God while strengthing her soul and comforting her heart during tragedies. Each devotional is four pages long and begins with the day, title, and a written-out Bible verse or two followed by several paragraphs relaying her horrific experiences as a prisoner, the people she met during her life, and how the Lord protected her always. The chapters include one-sentence quotes by the author with duplicated photographs and a tender prayer that could be used by the reader.

Some of the titles include Thankfulness, The Prescription for Anxiety, Bring Your Worries to Jesus, The Beauty of His Word, There Is Power in Your Prayers, You Are Not Alone, When Joy Feels Impossible, Never Too Old, The Place of Peace, Following His Lead, Prayers of Intercession, and Protected in His Presence.

~Why ~
Having watched the movie, The Hiding Place, last week, this is a timely book that concentrates on Jesus being our refuge in times of trouble. The book not only has the author’s personal experiences while being in the Nazi prison camps and her memories visiting around the world, but it also includes Bible verses for encouragement, strength, and hope. I felt I was reading a personal diary at times and how the writer struggled daily with life’s unfair challenges that God sustained her throughout the years.

One of my favorites was Day 32 titled His Love Consumes Our Shame and has the Bible verse from Hebrews 4:16 written out. The chapter is about an American woman Corrie met who was in prison for her crimes and felt guilty and unworthy of God’s love. The Bible story of the one sheep being found is explained as the writer shows how Christ is the only answer to rid us of guilt, fear, and shame. The prayer reminds us to release the shame to Jesus and thank Him for what He did on the cross.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus will not appreciate this read, but the simple plan of salvation is given at the end of the book. Since the book is only from Corrie’s viewpoint based on her life, some 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 ~
There is nothing I would change about this book as it is a testimony of how a woman relied on God for her everyday survival in dark times.

~ Want ~
If you or someone you know of are struggling through life, this would be a lovely gift for a woman who needs strength to get through another day by centering on Christ. Since it is considered a devotional, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

Thanks to BethanyHouse and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BethanyHouse #CorrieTenBoom #GodisMyHidingPlace #40DevotionsforRefugeandStrength

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Prepare Him Room

Title: Prepare Him Room
Author: Susie Larson
Publisher: BethanyHouse
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3807-9

Change your focus, determine your pace, adjust your priorities, and this could be your most life-giving holiday season yet,” Susie Larson encourages in the introduction of her book, Prepare Him Room: A Daily Advent Devotional.

~ What ~
At one-hundred-and-ninety-two pages, this small hardbound is designed to help one focus on Jesus during the advent season. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the AMP, The Message, NASB, NIV, and The Voice versions. With a blue attached ribbon marker, the beginning has an author’s note and introduction, while the ending includes acknowledgments, notes, and advertisements.

This book is a twenty-four-day devotional that covers the entire book of Luke in the Bible to read during advent as it leads up to Christmas. Each day’s devotion is six to nine pages long and begins with the day, title, recommended reading, and a written out Bible verse or two. The chapter covers the topic and how it applies to everyday living. A short prayer and fast recommendation complete the day’s reading.

Some of the titles include Prepare the Way, The Kingdom is Yours, Marvel, Pride and Presentation, See the Story, Live Like Jesus, Discern the Tims, Communion, and Live on the Promised Land.

~Why ~
I love devotionals that do not include the writer’s personal experiences and appreciate that this one rarely mentions herself. Among the explanations of Luke’s chapters, there are encouragements, reminders, and words of wisdom that draw the reader to concentrating on the life of Jesus and shutting out the world’s draw during the holidays. I greatly appreciated the prayers and fast suggestions that could be easily continued throughout the year.

One of my favorites was Day 15 titled Jesus Pursues the Wander which covers Luke 15 about Jesus being our Shepherd, the woman finding her lost coin, and the prodigal son, all correlating to Christ’s passion and relentless pursuit of us. The “Prepare Him Room” prayer thanks the Lord for drawing us to Him while the “Look Up” prompts fasting from angst, worry, and despair over lost loved ones.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ will not appreciate this read. Since the book only covers twenty-four days and only the book of Luke, some 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 ~
The book contains Bible translations that I do not care for, but I found it to be a helpful devotion that centers on Christ. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you want to shut out the world during the holiday season and focus on what the Lord did while He spent time on earth, this would be relished and rewarding. Due to its limitation, it should be read daily along with the Bible.

Thanks to BethanyHouse and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BethanyHouse #SusieLarson #PrepareHimRoom #DailyAdventDevotional

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