Authentic Living: 369 Devotions For A Deliberate Faith - eBook
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Vendor: Worthy Inspired
Publication Date: 2016
To live an authentic, fulfilled life we need to both understand and practice the core beliefs of the Christian faith. Being intentional about pursuing Christ is often challenging in our confusing, messy world, but like the biblical character Daniel who did not compromise his values, we must take small, deliberate steps to grow in spiritual integrity. The short, inspirational devotions in Authentic Living illustrate how we can be more deliberate in our faith each and every day through small actions like asking forgiveness, offering guidance, praying specifically, and more. With these simple yet profound readings, we can realize a more fulfilling life and faith one thought, one action, one day at a time.
Richard Exley is a pastor, author, radio host, and conference and retreat speaker. Having served churches in Colorado, Texas, and Oklahoma and authoring twenty-nine books, he now devotes his time fully to writing and speaking. His articles have appeared in numerous magazines, including Leadership Journal, Charisma, New Man, and Ministries Today. Richard and his wife, Brenda Starr, spend their time in a secluded cabin overlooking picturesque Beaver Lake in Northwest Arkansas.
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bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good for new ChristiansJanuary 5, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Exley's goal in creating this devotional was to renew our minds and transform the way we live. He distinguishes the intellectual and practical aspects of the Christian life and tries to address both. Each devotion includes a writing from Exley, a relevant verse, and a prayer. The devotions are short by design so they can be read in under five minutes. Exley covers a variety of topics and generally has a few readings on each topic. Some topics he returns to several times, such as prayer and money.
I would not identify these devotionals as intellectually deep nor particularly challenging. They would be suitable for new Christians or for Christians who have not read many intellectually challenging books on the Christian faith. Exley draws from books he has read, movies he's seen, and from Bible stories, such as Ruth and Joshua.
The devotions vary in quality and originality. The entire devotion for October 7, for example, is a quote from a blog he read. In one devotion, Exley tells the often repeated illustration of the high wire artist crossing Niagara Falls asking for volunteers to ride in his wheelbarrow. Potential readers should also be aware that Exley defends his pre-trib rapture view (June 4) and refers to his own charismatic experiences.
I found some of the entries repetitive, literally. For example, in the devotion for January 12, Exley writes about money, I think money should come with a printed warning: 'Danger: Handle with Care!' Or better yet, 'Danger: Handle with Prayer!' Then on August 6, As I've said before, I think money should come with a printed warning: 'Danger: Handle with Care!' Or better yet, 'Danger: Handle with Prayer!'
These devotions offer good general encouragement to keep at our Christian walk, especially for new Christians. Seasoned Christians may find the devotionals less challenging than others they have read over the years, as I did.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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