Voices of the Faithful - Book 2: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World - eBook
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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2009
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Series: Voices of the Faithful
"A willingness to go is all they have in common," exclaim Beth Moore and Kim P. Davis, speaking of their friends on the front lines who are spreading the gospel around the world and with whom they collaborated to create this book. This second book of 366 daily devotionals features stories of Gods faithfulness, written by hundreds of missionaries worldwide.
From stirring miracles to heroic adventures, this second volume highlights those who daily go to the outer limits of spiritual devotion.
A follow-up to the first book which has now sold over 300,000 copies.
MollyIllinoisAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great book to focus your world view each day!September 8, 2011MollyIllinoisAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Voices of the Faithfulâ€”Book 2 is another year of powerful devotions from a series created by Kim Davis and Beth Moore. It is no secret to anyone that I will read, buy, enjoy just about anything that Beth Moore puts her name on. This devotional did not fail to live up to my expectations!
The book provides a one page devotional for each day of the year. The devotion includes a verse, story of courage from a missionary around the world, and a suggested prayer. It is a great way to focus your day on things outside your normal day to day view.
For me, the devotional spurs me to focus my vision outside my small town or 6X6 cubicle, to the people on the other side of the world. While God cares immensely about my individual situation, He also pushes us to have a broader world view like he does. He loves the whole world and calls us to as well!
I really liked how this devotional was set up. The verse engaged my mind in God's living truth. The story provide a tangible way for me to connect with real people with real needs from 1000s of miles away, and while the prayer provided specific items to pray about for the missionaries, it also gave a suggested prayer for how my heart needs to change to be more like God's. The book is set up to walk you through a year of devotions, but I don't think it has to be a once and done. It is a devotional that could be used year after year, one thought that came to my mind was to mark each page with the year in which I prayed for the people. If I make it back through the book again, I will see that I have prayed for these needs more than once and see how my life has changed.
One of my struggles with this type of devotional is that I start to focus too much on the rigidity that I missed June 4, 5, 6, etc. and not on the discipline of just spending time in the Word and in prayer. That struggle, however, is not the book's fault; it has more to do with my own OCD_
Disclaimer: I reviewed this book in exchange for the book from Thomas Nelson/BookSneeze.
Adoption MamaTampa, FloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5InspirationalMarch 15, 2011Adoption MamaTampa, FloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4So often, living life is all about us and our needs. In this most recent book review for Booksneeze, I am challenged to remember those far from home, that deal with pain and persecution on a daily basis. I am thankful for Beth Moore and Kim Davis' hearts in wanting all of us, but especially women, to see through the eyes of other believers around the world and the ins and outs of their lives.
We say we are persecuted here in the west, but we really don't have a clue what this means. Not only does this devotional help redirect our focus off of ourselves, but as we all endure trials, it reminds us that there is someone always dealing with harder issues than ourselves. As I read through this book, I also learned much about the lives of other women who live in much harsher and more difficult days. Running water and washing clothes is a very easy task to perform....one I take for granted. As a mother, I am rearing my children in a very safe place. Not so for many of these women. Another thing to bring much thankfulness to my heart.
God is the One making the difference in these lives. The same God I worship. The same Faithful God who cares about the very number of hairs on my head.
mandygirlie238Washington, DCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beth Moore DevotionalMarch 8, 2011mandygirlie238Washington, DCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Being a Christian in the US, I find we often think we are being persecuted this way and that but this book helped me see that we are indeed blessed in this country.
This is a yearly devotional book that I highly recommend. You will never see missions the same way. You will never see your blessings in the same way.
Spend some of your quiet time remembering missions, Jesus' commission and that in the world "outside" of our own sphere are people without hope, who need Jesus.
One devotional that really touched me was the one about the cheapest sacrifice. How often do we go to the Lord to bring our sacrifice that costs us nothing.
bookswithbeth5 Stars Out Of 5Encouraging!March 2, 2011bookswithbethQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5After receiving Voices of the Faithful-Part 2, I was really encouraged. The daily devotional is about missions and missionaries, it just reminds me of how fortunate that I am living in the United States and the the freedoms that I have.
I am almost ashamed of how I take these freedoms for granted. Its hard for me to believe what missionaries go thru each day telling others about Jesus. I love that this book has a different devotional for each day.
I was particularly touched by one of the devotions. It was about a missionary who was getting robbed and the man robbing her asked if she wanted him to kill her. Her response was that everything in this house belongs to God. That was an eye-opening moment for me. I know that all I have is God's as well. It's all His not mine-what a great reminder!
I really enjoyed reading the devotional because it has opened my eyes about missions.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
IWSDReviewerHaverhill, MAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Get ready for a bumpy and glorious rideFebruary 25, 2011IWSDReviewerHaverhill, MAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Get ready for a bumpy, glorious ride. A colorful mix of adventurous travelogue, humble testimony, object lesson, and prayer request, the daily readings in Voices of the Faithful, Book 2, offer personal stories from Christians in exotic locales, with relevant Scriptures, sample prayers, and space for personal reflections. But with personal introductions by a caring and knowledgeable "host" Kim P. Davis, I felt well-accompanied through this intense, at times overwhelming, sojourn.
Voices of the Faithful, Book 2, has wrestled me out of my culturally conditioned perspective on Christianity, boiling the gospel down to its beloved essence. It gave me the rare opportunity to learn from the struggles and triumphs of Christians in so many different contexts.
Leaving ample space at the bottom of each page was good design thinking -- the stories were so evocative, I wanted to journal immediately about what I had just, dare I say, experienced, and the space seemed to be inviting me to do so. The sample prayers were thoughtful (though the all-caps font was difficult to read).
The arrangement into monthly themes helped me to be still with each theme long enough for it to sink in. January's theme ("Prayer the Priority") bolstered my trust, focus, and assertiveness in prayer. September's theme (Lessons from the Young) was less helpful for me, as too many of the stories seemed to oversimplify. All other themes were evocative and fruitful.
I recommend the book to any Christian who wants to more deeply love Jesus and his worldwide Body. The book did some spiritual groundbreaking in my personal prayer and contemplation. It taught me to be a better friend of God in my prayers for world missions. And frankly, it made me feel a little less alone in the world of ministering in Jesus' name.
Disclaimer: BookSneeze provided me with a copy for review. I was not required to write a positive review.