At first I was skeptical as to how this book would impact me. I felt like this would be a typical 31 days of devotionals. I found myself drawn deeper and deeper into the truth of 1.) Who we are in Christ and 2.) How God our Heavenly Father views us.
I really appreciate how Ruth draws from her own life experience and is very transparent and almost "face to face" to me as the reader. She is very personal and that is something I was not expecting in a devotional book--I love it! Her faith in God is not fake. Her faith and trust in the Word of God is seen as well. I am encouraged by how deep her relationship is with God, and really hope that day by day I can draw closer to God until he comes.
Ruth includes a lot of verses that are meaningful to her and with each day reveals Scripture that is relevant for that Chapter/Day. She offers up a prayer and space at the end of the book to where we can write what verse sticks out and is meaningful to us that day.
I really enjoy this book, and recommend it for those desiring a closer relationship, deeper and more intimate relationship with Him.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
Who wouldn't want to draw nearer to God? Ruth Myers subtitle lures you in even further--"Resting Securely in His Delight." 31 Days will be a book you will keep on your shelf to read again and again. I plan to make it part of my regular devotions as I follow the ACTS plan--adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication." Adoration includes praising God for Who He is, not what He has done for me--that is thanksgiving. This books breathes adoration. Scriptures pour forth from the book describing the one-of-a-kind intimate walk God desires to have with each of us. Ruth doesn't use her opinions. She quotes the real truth. Each day she weaves the Word with threads of gold and silver masterfully picturing the treasure God sees in each of us. A prayer summarizes the chapter's focus. Chapters range from "His Love for Me Is Lavish" to "He Is Always in Control." At the end of each chapter, there are Scriptures to explore, and then an interactive question to ask yourself., "Which of these verses catches my attention most?" At the bottom of the page or in a noteboook or journal you are encouraged to record your thoughts.
This book came out of her own journaling and recording her thoughts. I like that. This quote from it seems to me to be the crux of it all: The secret of a satisfied heart is not the pursuit of satisfaction or happiness. Satisfaction and happiness are by-products of the pursuit of God. Discovering God and HIs love not just in our minds but also in our actual experience--this is the basis of true joy in life. It is alo the basis for true growth in Christlikeness, which, in turn, brings us still greater joy."
At the end of my 31-day journey, I truly had drawn nearer to God, and rested more securely in His delight.
I received this book for free from Multinomah as part of their blogging for books program.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review and it was a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed reading this every morning for 31 days. I especially loved reading about author's life and experiences. I've always enjoyed reading about people's lives and their struggles, especially those whom are believers. How they deal with adverse situations with faith and endurance; it encourages me. This book was refreshing as it contained many spiritual nuggets. I was left meditating and contemplating on the truths I received from this devotion. Ruth Myers prolifically draws you in with her life experience and spiritual wisdom. This book did exactly what the title suggests... if you are going through a period of time that is difficult or you feel the Lord is distant, I would encourage you to read this book. It was very refreshing spiritually.
In each of the thirty-one devotionals, Ruth Myers both reveals herself and reveals God. She had refreshing authenticity and wisely chose to tell about herself at the very beginning of the book to connect herself to her readers. She succeeded.
As I was reading this book, it felt "rich" with wisdom. The author truly knew the Lord, not just about the Lord, and this fact shown through brightly. She also did not have a "bed of roses" life which also made this book "rich" with experience.
It was not at all about performing for God or about earning His love. Instead it was about, resting securely in His delightâ€”as the subtitle saysâ€”or resting securely in His love.
I loved every prayer she included and read every single one out loud as my own. I also looked up every scripture verse recommended and I would recommend that any other reader do the same. Those two things greatly enriched the experienceâ€”the experience with God.
I felt like I would have really liked Ruth Myers if I had ever had the chance to meet her and felt led to look her up online. I was greatly saddened to learn of her passing from this earth just a few months ago. Such a loss for earth and such a gain for heaven. I truly thank God that much of her godly wisdom is preserved in her earthly literary contributions. I am going to purchase some of her other works.
In conclusion, this book is highly recommended if you are a Christian woman looking for a devotional to help you draw nearer to God.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group as part of their Blogging For Books 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 16CFR, Part 225:"Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I chose to review a book by Ruth Myers because I was very touched when I used 31 Days of Praise several years ago as a daily devotion. I thought 31 Days of Drawing Near to God would enhance my relationship with our God and Savior. This book did not disappoint.
As she did with 31 Days of Praise, Myers opens the book with a brief history of her relationship and growth in Christ. While this section is not needed for the devotional part of the book, it adds to our understanding of her perspective and opens the reader's eyes to alternate ways of seeing God. The author mentions aspects of her life that prompted some of her thought process and how she has changed over time.
When reading this devotional, have a highlighter and a Bible handy. The author references Bible passages frequently, many without including the verse in the text. References are to a variety of different Bible translations, which I think is refreshing. The author quotes many other writers and writings throughout the book which provides the reader with more potential resources. The highlighter is for all the bits of wisdom and insight that mean something to the reader's heart.
This devotional is not a one page read then-put-it-down. The author provides much scripture to read and urges the reader to choose the passage that helps the most. This gives the reader the opportunity to not just read the devotional, but strive to apply it by devoting time to reflection on the lesson. The author also notes various "how-tos" throughout the book. For example she uses a red notebook for "recording truths about God" where she uses a system for recording and understanding personal truths as she discovers them. Her use of a variety of Bible translations gives us a glimpse of how she uses and reflects upon scripture.
If you want to draw nearer to God, this book will enable you to do that by erecting some direct links over or through the walls you have erected. God loves us individually, personally, intimately and desires us the same way. The reader cannot miss truth that after reading this book. As the author put it, "When I get lukewarm or sidetracked by lesser pursuits (even in my quiet time), nothing does more to rekindle my heart than remembering how much the Lord desires fellowship with me."
One potentially negative comment is the author's use of Bible translations that the reader has likely never heard of such as the Moffatt Bible, The Living Bible, and a New Testament translation by J.B. Phillips. While this isn't a bad thing, it could be a distraction. I added some links to some of those for quick reference.
I very much liked this book. It has opened my eyes to areas of my faith that are not as developed as they should be. I know that God loves me but never spent the time to understand exactly what that means. Do I qualify for God's love? (See Day 25) Why does God love me? (See Day 21) This book will expand your relationship with our loving God.
"This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group."