Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
In The Love as a Way of Life Chapman encouraged believers to put love in the center of their lives by developing the qualities of Kindness, Patience, Forgiveness, Courtesy, Humility, Generosity, and Honesty. The Love as a Way of Life Devotional, co-written by Elisa Stanford, provides 90 micro-devotionals to encourage and inspire Christians to develop each loving quality in their lives.Each devotional segment includes a topical heading, scripture verse, illustration or personal anecdote and a practical action step or prayer. The anecdotes are drawn from scripture, Chapmans life, those of notable Christians such as Mother Teresa, pastors, literary characters and many other sources. The action steps and prayers are practical, helpful ways to become mindful of the unloving behaviours we often exhibit, and provide encouragement to strive to more faithfully represent Christs love to others.Each devotional is approximately two brief pages in length and is easily squeezed into the busiest schedule. To be honest, I kept my copy in the bathroom while I was reading it. Its so simple to get in and out of a devotional segment in a matter of minutes, yet the insights stay with you throughout the day. I found myself continually asking if I was behaving in loving ways with my family, and asking God to reveal my weaknesses in each quality listed above. Even my husband (who is not an avid reader) found himself reading through the devotionals short sessions and would then discuss the impact they made on him.Though The Love as a Way of Life Devotional is written as a companion devotional to The Love as a Way of Life, it lends itself just as easily to independent study. Not having read the original volume myself, I can attest to the fact that reading it alone will still result in effective self-examination and a desire to press on towards Christ-likeness.