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BrendaWVAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Deeply LovedMarch 28, 2013BrendaWVAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Devotionals are a tool that I find very helpful in my daily Bible study, but once in a while I find a devotional that I recommend to everyone I see, because of the way the author speaks to me through their writing. Keri Wyatt Kent has created such a devotional with "Deeply Loved." Broken down into forty segments it fit perfectly into my daily Lent readings.I found this book to be very well written, and easy to relate to. I particularly liked the fact that each devotion opened with a scripture verse, and while I enjoyed the stories that were shared with each devotion what really stood out for me was the section called "Presence Practice' that was found at the end of each devotion. These daily "practices" were simple and easy to do, but really made a huge impact on my spiritual outlook.
I found myself eagerly anticipating each days reading, and actually read each devotion in the morning, because then I could use the day to put into action the section called "presence practice," which is found at the end of each devotion, that encourages us to pause and reflect but also implement different practices into our daily life that will allow us to have "God"time. As I did the presence practice each day, I found myself becoming more centered, slowing down a bit to allow myself to feel God's presence in my life. There was one particular devotion that really resonated with me and that was "Walking With Jesus." As I christian I know that Jesus is with me wherever I go, but sometimes its easy to forget, or even feel like it's just me against the world, but by doing the presence practice for this particular devotion I felt a sense of calmness and contentment, knowing Jesus was along for the day. I find myself continuing to use several of the "practices" daily.
"Deeply Loved" is a well written, uplifting devotional that allowed me to grow spiritually, but more than that allowed me to slow down and find time for God daily. This book would make a wonderful gift, for anyone who needs to be reminded that God loves each of us.
A complimentary copy of this devotional was provided for review purposes.
JanetColumbus, GAGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Experience Jesus' Love More DeeplyMarch 27, 2013JanetColumbus, GAGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I finished my 40-day journey through Keri Wyatt Kent's book, "Deeply Loved," today. After 38 days of ideas for practicing the Presence of God in order to more deeply recognize His love, the book ended on a strong note with, first, a day of looking back to reflect on what I'd learned from the book, then, second, a day of celebration, joyful worship, and thanking God for all He's done. I enjoyed reading this book and am confident that many of the lessons and practices introduced will stick with me.
On page 186, in the middle of Day 39, Kent says, "The goal of the spiritual life is not to become adept at spiritual disciplines or busy with religious activity. It is to become more aware of how deeply loved you are, so much so that you extend that love to others. It is to live a fruitful life." Yet, practicing the disciplines and activities collected in "Deeply Loved" will certainly help readers to reach this spiritual goal. Experiencing the heart of Jesus and sharing Him with others is exactly what growing Christians strive to open themselves up for every day of life.
I received a complimentary copy of "Deeply Loved" for my honest review. It is a tool I'll be reading through and studying often. I recommend it to you, too!
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5POWERFUL! MORE THAN JUST A DEVOTIONAL BOOK!March 25, 2013MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5So many devotional books are . . . well rather mundane and dry. When I started this one, I wasn't expecting much more than just a daily essay and a scripture to read. I was blown away! Yes it has devotions and scriptures but it is much more. I have to say it is one of the most powerful devotional books I have read. It isn't so much the concepts that are covered; I was familiar with many of them. What makes it so unique is HOW Ms. Kent presents them and the wonderful suggestions she shares to apply them to your life!
Shortly after I started reading the book I got very sick for 3 weeks, and didn't do much but rest. This book was such a blessing! I read, I studied, and even in my depleted state I was able to do the daily "Presence Practice" suggested at the end day. These weren't only easy to implement, but they influenced my life in a big way.
Each day is written in such a way that the message in it becomes very intimate and personal; as if it was prepared just for me. It lighted a path for me to have an even closer relationship with God and helped me realize where I had drifted away from Him. The personal experiences she shared really helped me connect to the points she was making.
I found this book highly inspirational and motivational in seeking a closer relationship with the Lord. Even after I had finished the daily reading, the scriptures and thoughts I read continued to resonate in my heart and mind. My book is highlighted, underlined and has many notes written in it. I plan to read it many more times. Call it a "devotional book" just doesn't do it justice! An extraordinary book!
I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5A Help To Focus Our Mind On The Love Of God For UsMarch 25, 2013VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Keri Wyatt Kent in her new book "Deeply Loved" published by Abingdon Press gives us 40 Ways in 40 Days to Experience the Heart of Jesus.
From the back cover: Jesus loves you.
That profound fact has been changing lives around the world for centuries. Yet, there are days when you don't experience this completely in your own life. So, how do you get to the very core of that statement on a deep, personal level?
Keri Wyatt Kent wants to help you fully experience the heart of Jesus' love in Deeply Loved. Using the gospel stories of Jesus, reflection, and personal stories, Kent will guide you through 40 days of how to create space in your life for Jesus to show up and love you. Deeply.
Why do we need a new daily devotional? The question for many of us is, does God even look at us? Does God just love us out of obligation or does He love us generally because He loves all people? The answer is, "He loves us as if we were an only child!" For some of us that is a foreign concept, some of us have not experienced the love of good parents: orphans, foster homes, single parent because one parent walked away, can lead a person to believe that he is somehow bad and that no one loves him not even God. Keri Wyatt Kent has written this forty day devotional to help focus our minds on the truth: God intimately loves us. Every day Ms. Wyatt provides us with a new thought. "Deeply Loved" is not a time-consuming read. Each devotional starts with a personal story, followed by a Presence Practice. They are only a few pages in length but they are oh so helpful to properly channel our minds on the love of God for us. If we use these daily devotionals correctly we will all be the better for it.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Abingdon Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5a gentle introduction to spiritual disciplinesMarch 18, 2013bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Spiritual disciplines have been used by Christians over the centuries to grow closer to God and experience Jesus' presence. The idea of spiritual disciplines may be overwhelming for some. Where does one begin?
Keri has provided practical instruction on how to practice a number of the disciplines on a daily basis. The spiritual practices she has included are those that "can connect us with our identity as deeply loved children of God." (162)
She encourages us to eliminate hurry first. "What...things might I have to prune from my schedule in order to have time to engage in these life-giving disciplines?" (13) She helps us understand the discipline of "the examen" (the review of the day). She goes on with encouragement to practice Jesus' presence upon awakening, practice fixed hours of prayers, deeper friendship, solitude, quiet, seeing creation, trusting God for direction, intercession, simplicity, confession, gratitude, listening, Sabbath, memorizing Scripture, service, and many more.
Keri has added a Presence Practice at the end of each day's devotional. These are practical strategies for moving forward in spiritual growth emphasizing that day's discipline.
Here is a quote from Keri on trust: "I'm challenged to heed my own advice: _ Fix what you can; let go of what you can't. Pray like crazy to try to figure out which is which." (141)
Keri is very honest with her own experiences, sharing her own battle with "the blues." Psalm 42 was a key for her. Besides drawing on her own experiences, Keri adds what she has gleaned from reading many books on the disciplines.
She identifies the goal of her book: "to help you experience the deep love of Jesus." (186) A by-product of the book is spiritual growth - an awareness of God's love, extending that love to others, and living a fruitful life.
If you have wanted to know more about the spiritual disciplines have been practicing but have been overwhelmed with the literature and possibilities, this book would be a great place to start. Keri has given us forty devotionals to get us going in the disciplines by both example and instruction. Perhaps you know the disciplines but do not know how to begin to incorporate the disciplines into your daily life. Again, this is a great book to do exactly that.
I heartily recommend this book. It's forty day structure makes it a good selection for a lent or advent devotional. Better yet, read it now.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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