"The 30-Day Praise Challenge" is a 30 day devotional. It's the only devotional I've ever read that I plan to read through again. Not every day hit on what I was dealing with at that moment, but I was surprised by how often it did. I have some physical limitations right now due to injuries, so undone farm work is piling up, and I get frustrated in addition to the physical pain. This devotional will probably have the most impact on those actively dealing with a physical and/or emotional pain though I'd recommend it to anyone.
Almost all of the issues she covered were common to everyone at some time. Each devotional started with a verse and then a paragraph of God speaking to you about an issue with the words based closely on Scripture. The author then prompted the reader about what to focus on and suggested related praise songs for you to listen to. She ended with a prayer and some questions to prompt your journal writing. At the end of the book, she suggested further ways of praising God like using verses from Psalms or Revelations or using the names of God.
For the songs, you can use your favorite worship songs to make your own playlist. I used her suggested list for this first round. She used some of my favorites, and I was introduced to a few new songs that I'll add to my Spotify worship song list. I already had regular, daily praise times before I read this devotional, so I was already convinced it helps to change my attitude and outlook. Overall, I think this is an excellent devotional and I'd highly recommend it.
I have read a lot of books with great challenges but none were this rewarding. Even though, I didn't finish the whole 30 days yet, I already feel very uplifted and much happier.
I don't suffer from any chronic diseases. Nothing as dramatic as cancer, but after losing my daughter last year I found myself slipping into depression and as it progressed my family tried to to keep me talking and out of the house. But considering my love for reading my husband encouraged me to get involved with books, so this is how I found this book on NetGalley and requested it hoping to it will make a difference.
Let me tell you that the passage from the Bible, the invitation, and the music give you great calm and thirst for Gods presence in your personal life. It took me back 7 years to the time of my baptism when I talked to God as a dear friend. This challenge is much-much more effective then coffee or any antidepressants.
The prayer (written out) is full of confidence in Our Lord who is so capable and giving, instead of the usual needy whine -- please give me, please help me....and so on.
Journal keeps you focused on the challenge and to pin point what you want to talk about with God in that specific day.
I will certainly continue with this even after the 30 required days.
I recommend this challenge to you dear reader. It will give you all it promises and much-much more.
Disclaimer: I got an advanced copy of this book from David C Cook Publishing, through Net Galley, in exchange for my honest opinion.