As I finished this book this morning, I thought about what I wanted to write in this review. I realized that I had begun reading this book looking for a Bible Study rather than a Devotional (since I had just finished two of her Bible studies). So, my expectations weren't met. But, they shouldn't have been. I realized this morning that devotionals are different--they are intended to share a few thoughts with you, maybe a verse or two, and a matter for prayer. That is exactly what Cynthia Heald does in this study. Often devotionals have a theme and the theme of this study is to draw a woman closer to the Lord. I loved what she shared and appreciated her honesty and openness about things she's struggled with and which God has taught her through. One of the things that I appreciate most about Ms. Heald is that she points people to the Lord, not to herself or others. Her heart is not to get mired down in the tragedy or struggles, but to acknowledge them, understand what it feels like to be in them, and then look to the Lord for wisdom and truth. I will say that I know I would have gotten a lot more out of this devotional if I had spent more time with the Lord in prayer at the end of each devotional. That is my weakness right now (with 3 little kids, homeschooling, and a puppy) that I'm not very good at sitting quietly with the Lord. But, I feel Him prompting me more and more in how I can pursue that... I think the next study for me to do is Ms. Heald's Becoming a woman of Simplicity Bible study... If you enjoy devotionals, this is a wonderful one that is easy to read! I hope you will enjoy it! I think this devotional would be wonderful for any Christian woman--whether you've been walking with the Lord for many years or have just recently come to know Him. Please note that I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from Navpress for review--but I would have wanted to buy it myself anyways!
After just completing "Becoming a Woman of Faith" by Cynthia Heald, I thought her 30 day devotional on Intimacy with God would be a great follow-up. Several of the stories she tells in her devotional are identical to ones she mentioned in "Becoming a Woman of Faith." I was disappointed that the question/answer sections were only one or two questions. Cynthia Heald is a good Bible study teacher and has followed a format in previous books that she deviates from in this one. Maybe I'm not comfortable with change because other readers seemed to enjoy it. If you are looking for a devotional that is not going to take a lot of time and still give you an indepth look at God and the Bible, you would not go wrong in reading this book. Heald's illustrations and insight are well thought out and filled with wisdom. She is honest and open and reveals her heart. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress as part of their Book Review Blogger program. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.