Jump-start the day with this insightful devotional
December 5, 2010
Shirley M. Corder
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Age: Over 65
This book can best be summarized by the words on the back cover: "Delightful and insightful, Sheila Walsh shares life-learned trust that says, "I don't know where you're going today, Lord, but I'm going with you!"
This book contains over 100 morning devotional readings. Each begins with the words, "Good morning, Lord! Today help me to . . . " The message that follows combines personal anecdotes with Scriptural insight. The author follows the story section with questions designed to get you to think deeply about your own life and apply the message you've just read. Some of these are tough questions, with no yes/no answers. Space is provided for readers to journal their answers. Sheila ends each message with a short prayer, and a verse or two of Scripture.
As a devotional writer myself, I have a high standard for such books. The readings have more depth than is often the case in devotional books. The questions caused me to dig deep, and gave me substance for reflective prayer. I found the questions more challenging than normal, which I liked. I also appreciated the Scripture coming at the end of the meditation, confirming the truths I had just read.
Although the readings are mostly suitable for men and women alike, the appearance of the book limits it to women. I would recommend this book as a gift, particularly to women going through difficult times. On the back cover, Sheila promises to jump-start your day with a God-sized adventure, and that is what she does in this attractive, hard-covered book. The unusual glossy hard cover with an embossed finish makes this book a lovely gift for the woman who likes to think about what she is reading.
I don't know about you, but I'm not a morning person. When Book Sneeze provided me with a free copy of Good Morning, Lord by Sheila Walsh in exchange for my honest review, I knew it would be interesting. Can a devotional possibly change how I feel about mornings?
The book is designed to be read daily & is geared toward women. Each devotional begins with a header reading "Good Morning, Lord!" + a larger header that works as the lead-in to the devotional itself. Every devotional is about 2 paragraphs (very short, easy to read, & to the point), followed by a couple journaling questions with space for writing directly in the book, a short prayer, & a Bible verse (all of which go along with the main reading). The book also has a presentation page perfect for gift purposes, as well as a lovely embossed floral hardcover.
Okay, so has reading this devotional made me a morning person? No. But I have felt a closeness to God, a peace, & delight in knowing Him more while reading this devotional. Sheila Walsh's words are easily relatable & full of Biblical truths that we need reminding of. These devotionals are very short & would likely take at the most 10 minutes (if you go in depth with the journaling questions). I have to admit, I most often read the devotionals at night. I know, I know, if I could wake up a little earlier in the mornings I could fit it into that dreaded time of the day, & who knows I just might become a morning person after all. Either way, this devotional is a great place to spend some time with the Maker of dawn, dusk, & every nook & cranny in between.
Good Morning, Lord: I Don't Know Where You're Going Today But I'm Going with You will jumpstart your day with a God-sized adventure. You'll discover a journey filled with truth, tears, and laughter - a journey so rich that no matter where He leads, you're sure to follow.
I really enjoyed this devotional book. I, generally, find these types of devotional fluffy, nice stories but not real depth to them. The author does a great job of giving a relevant, impacting story that she then ties into your personal life. Sheila begins each statement with a simple phrase, "Good morning, Lord!" She follows it with a statement of faith and determination that always starts with, "Today I will_" what follows will encourage and challenge you. She drives home these God truths in the story that will challenges the reader. But she doesn't stop with a story. She follows the story with questions about times you may have faced a similar situation or how you can apply these Biblical truths to your personal life. There is a place to write answers to these often hard questions she asks. She provides a short, but meaningful prayer of commitment and then finishes each devotion with a scripture passage to reinforce the application.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing this book.
Good Morning, Lord I Dont know Where Youre Going Today, But Im Going With You. by Shelia WalshTalented author and Women of Faith speaker, Sheila Walsh has written a delightful devotional. Walsh shows us the heart of God in easy to read stories. The short descriptive narratives are just the right amount to get you mediating on the goodness of God with space to write down your own thoughts. If you want to learn to trust God daily in a fun and interesting way I recommend this devotional. Per the recent FTC ruling, I am required to inform you that I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson as part of their Booksneeze Blogger program in return for my review.
What a lovely book and a wonderful journal, too. I have to admit, the cover of this book drew me in, I love the colors. This book would make a lovely gift!Once I began reading, I just knew this book was meant for me. Once again, I receive a book that speaks to me, at a point in my life when I need to listen.Sheila Walsh encourages you to write in this book/journal - writing has always been an outlet for me. I love that this book gives the reader a daily verse on which to reflect. And, Ms. Walsh speaks about the daily frustrations, struggles, fears that women face on a daily basis. This book encourages the reader to not only reflect on those struggles, but remember that we are not alone. God is with us and we can rely on Him. I learned more about myself by reading this book and using the journal.I highly recommend this book! I know that I will be returning to this book over and over again, to re-read the passages.