"At the Feet of Jesus; Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart," is a wonderful, one page a day, devotional. This one-year devotional features a daily Bible verse (written out-no needing a bible for it )and the reading, as well as, a further Bible reading (you'll need your bible) and a reflection question. This book explains how we're not suppose to just read His word, but to slow down and enjoy God. You'll be encouraged to go deeper in your relationship with God.
Joanna's writing was so wonderful it felt more like a warm conversation between friends and I caught myself reading several 'days' at a time. The words are woven beautifully and it really motivated me to start the day at His feet, listening to His words, instead of being distracted by the busyness life can bring.
Extremely easy to read, wonderfully written, and not to mention the beautiful padded hardcover. I would defiantly recommend this book as a devotional. 5 out of 5 stars for sure!!
If you are anything like me, you have purchased many devotional books throughout your lifetime. I am constantly on the look out for these books to help me with my walk with God. Most of the time I will use one for a week or so before placing it on the bookshelf next to the other books that just don't fit into my life.
I have, over the years, found a few that seem to inspire me. These are the ones that fit my life and speak directly to me on a regular basis. I particularly enjoy the devo's that make me want to write a little note about how it touched me in some way. Many times the passages slapped me more than touched me. I have one devotional book that has so many notes, from several years, in the margins that I have no room to add my current thoughts. I think the thing I enjoy most is reading something that I have written from a previous year that I feel like I finally obtained victory over that struggle.
At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart by Joanna Weaver, already has notes on several of the pages. This is a one of those rare devotionals that I will find myself using for several years. I wish that they had left more room for notes and thoughts at the bottom of each page, especially since they ask such thought provoking questions.
My husband accuses me of being a Martha. I work in a church and at times become overwhelmed with the "business" side and forget to be still. This devotional speaks to me directly and offers me guidance. I need to be still and listen to God.
Because this book is a daily reader, it will be the first book that I have not read entirely before posting the review. I am very confident that this book will be covered in notes, as I have skipped around reading different dates. I highly recommend this book to my readers that struggle to find a good devotional.
Bestselling author Joanna Weaver challenges the reader to become intentional in their choice to lay aside personal busyness to focus on spending time alone with Jesus. In her book "At the Feet of Jesus" Joanna invites the reader to "fall in love with God's Word in a whole new way."
Each of the 366 one page daily devotionals begins with a verse of scripture, a thought provoking worshipful reading and suggestions for reflection and life changing application.
In addition to the devotionals featured I found the practical pointers included in the "Going Deeper" sidebars especially helpful in areas of journaling, creative ideas for meaningful quiet times, and the tips for getting more from my Bible study.
A resource reference list of powerful devotional writer's and their works is included in a "Notes" section at the end of the book, in addition to a helpful one year Bible reading plan.
I highly recommended Joanna Weaver's "At the Feet of Jesus" to anyone looking for a devotional guide designed to nurture their faith on a daily basis. The beautiful cover and devotional nature of the contents of the book make it ideal for gift giving for any occasion.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Weaver has taken excerpts from her three books with Bethany and added previously unpublished material (labeled "outtake") to create this daily devotional. She includes a short Bible verse, a reference to a longer Bible passage, and a reflection question for each day. There are also nine sidebars called "Going Deeper" to help the reader develop a quiet time.
It is Weaver's prayer that readers will fall in love with God's Word in a brand new way and discover the message of grace interwoven throughout the Bible.
There are different ways to write a daily devotional and using material from previously published books is one of them. I don't think it is the most effective way to create a devotional.
One reason is because some of the quoted material is very long and covers several days of reading. The story from one of her books took three days to tell (January 9-11) and then the lesson was on the fourth day (January 12). So you have three incomplete days where you are just getting a portion of something, and then, finally, on the fourth day you get the lesson. I found that not satisfactory.
It was shortly followed by another lengthy series. The teaching on Flesh Woman begins January 16. January 17 is about Joanna having a public persona and a private one. She ends the devotion by hoping no one would find out what she was really like. "Because I wasn't certain I could be any different." Romans 7 is covered on January 18. January 19 ends, "Though the Flesh Woman would never admit it, she's determined to do whatever it takes to remain in control of your life." Finally, January 20 is an excerpt (from a different one of her books than the previous three days) on the battlefield of the mind. For me, that was just too much of a disconnect and it was kind of depressing, hearing the bad news for three days and finally getting the remedy on the fourth day.
A similar thing happens February 11-13 where an article by Robert Munger takes three days to get through.
I am also very picky when it comes to theology. For January 7, Weaver writes about humans having a God-shaped hole - a spiritual vacuum that only God can fill. Then she writes, "But have you ever considered that God might have a you-shaped hole, an emptiness that only you can fill?" Wow! Red flag! That God might somehow be incomplete without a relationship with me...well, that does not describe the God I worship!
Well, that's the bad news. The good news is that Weaver is very honest about her own spiritual walk. That should be great encouragement to women. And this book is definitely for women (much about feelings and other things particular to women).
The Going Deeper pages are excellent. I think I'd buy the book just for the valuable material contained in them. Her outline of how to journal your Bible reading is superb. So is the one listing tips for getting more from Bible study.
Weaver wants her readers to get into the Word and she has added a Bible Reading Plan at the end of the book. It can be started at any time. She also gives a web site where you can choose your starting date and the book of the Bible you'd like to begin with and print off your own reading plan.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from The LitFuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review.
Joanna Weaver in her new book "At the Feet of Jesus" published by Waterbrook Press gives us Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart.
From the back cover: You were made for more than serving God; you were made to know Him.
Intimacy with Godâ€”to know Him and be known by Him. It is what our hearts desperately need, but somehow life conspires to keep us busy and distracted.For anyone who struggles when it comes to daily devotions, At the Feet of Jesus extends an irresistible invitation to set aside your duties and find the amazing peace and incredible joy that come from time alone with Him. Drawn from Joanna Weaver's beloved Bethany trilogy, each reading in this 365-day devotional includes a Bible reading passage and reflection question. All-new material and "Going Deeper" sidebars are also woven throughout.
Discover for yourself the riches that come from spending a portion of each day alone with God. At the feet of Jesusâ€”where true life begins!
Includes a unique One-Year Bible Reading Guide.
Why do we need a new daily devotional? Most of us need help to focus our attention. There are so many things that vie for our attention and we juggle so many that, sometimes, we lose sight of what really is important. So we need this devotional to help calm and center us. We can use this in the morning to help focus us on God and His plans for us rather than our plans for the day. We can use this in the afternoon to help re-energize us when the activities of the day have drained us of our energy. We can use this in the evening when we are weary from the world's battering and we need rest and peace in God. "At the Feet of Jesus" is not a time-consuming read. Each devotional starts with scripture, followed by the devotional, followed by a recommended verse to read and then the Reflect will help you dig into the life-changing Word of God for yourself. They are only a page or less in length but they are oh so helpful to properly channel our energies in the right direction. Sprinkled throughout the year are "Going Deeper" helps to help develop a daily quiet time. If we use these daily devotionals correctly we will all be the better for it.
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The Year in Bethany Trilogy (Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit and Lazarus Awakening
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group. 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."