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Through 130 short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word - such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace - to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1501815326
ISBN-13: 9781501815324

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Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?

If you're tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God's Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word - such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace - to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

These "dwelling places" that offer the joy of God's promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.
 

PRAISE FOR DWELLING PLACES:

"As there are seasons of the year so there are seasons in our walk with Christ. In Dwelling Places, Lucinda McDowell takes us on a gentle sojourn through words that inspire, encourage, educate and magnify the Lord." ~ Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
 
"If you’re looking for encouragement based on God’s Word, read Dwelling Places. Lucinda Secrest McDowell has taken 130 key words from the Bible and created powerful devotions that will comfort, exhort, and bless you daily in every season of the year.  Her powerful stories and poignant ending prayers will capture your heart and point you towards hope and truth. Buy one copy for yourself and ten more to give away!" ~ Carol Kent, speaker and author of Waiting Together and Unquenchable
 
"In Dwelling Places, Lucinda Secrest McDowell elevates devotions to a new level. As always, McDowell uses some of the best quotes you will read this year, but she adds to them her special brand of storytelling as well as teachings that will minister to your soul. A masterful devotional, managing to be both short and deep at the same time." ~ Tessa Afshar, Christy, award winning author of Land of Silence and Fields of Grace
 
"I never miss a new book from Lucinda Secrest McDowell. Her writing is so real and warm and down-to-earth, and at the same time thought-provoking, profound, and theologically grounded. A rare combination! Dwelling Places offers readers deep moments of reflection, inspiration, and encouragement that will stay with us throughout the day and throughout the seasons of our lives."  ~ Christin Ditchfield, syndicated radio host, speaker, and author of What Women Should Know About Facing Fear
 
"Dwelling Places is balm for the soul, resonate and full of life, bringing the Word to dwell with me as I pondered each of the daily words long after I'd finished reading them." ~ Christa Parrish, Christianity Today award and Christy award winning author of Still Life and Stones for Bread

Author Bio

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 13 books including Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season and Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season?, has contributed to an additional 30 books, and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry "Encouraging Words." An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers’ conferences and retreats, McDowell directs reNEW—retreat for New England Writing and has also worked in radio broadcasting and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from "Sunnyside" cottage in Connecticut. Find her online at EncouragingWords.net.

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  1. Just Commonly
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great devotion for your heart's dwelling place.
    July 9, 2016
    Just Commonly
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    What a beautiful devotional, Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell is! Divided into four seasons, and focusing on the simple ways to dwell (Fall), shine (Advent), renew (Lent) and grow (Summer), we are presented with a daily way to seek peace in a new day. A small book in size (4.5" x 7" x 3/4"thick), it'll be perfect in by your bedside, next to your favorite chair looking out the window, or in your purse, being with you whenever the moment strikes. This devotional is not dated, except in the groupings of the seasons, which doesn't mean you'll need to follow. What I find most alluring is the daily focus on one word from a Biblical verse. And from there, a sharing of thoughts and of stories, past and present. Not meant as a study guide to the Word, but more of a companion journal for your personal journey to think, feel and find serenity in God's words. Dwelling Places motivates you to dwell, and pray and speak to God of what's in your heart.

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
  2. Madeover
    Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Superb A Great Devotional
    July 5, 2016
    Madeover
    Bedford,Texas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
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    And I thought . . . What a great devotional book. The subtitle Words to Live in Every Season explains the essence of the book. It's divided into 4 sections: Dwell Fall, Shine Advent, Renew Lent, and Grow Summer and ending with a section titled Gratitudes followed by the Epilogue: Secrets Of The Nest. Each devotional begins with a scripture and then a short story with some thoughts to ponder. I loved the end of each devotional. Instead of a prayer for the reader to pray each devotional ended with a word from our Father. These thoughts blessed my spirit. Here is an example: from #26 Faithful... My child, you can trust Me. I have been faithful to countless generations before you, and I shall most certainly be there for those who come after you. You see. I never change. While my ways and my will are not predictable in time and manner my character remains. Faithful. True. Loving. Merciful. Count on it.

    I enjoyed this little book. It is small and will fit nicely into a tote back. It's a great devotional to even take on vacation. I liked the small size. I had no trouble reading it. I also like the graphics that made it pretty. I would recommend this devotional to anyone. It would make a great gift for anyone anytime of the year or any season. This devotional is worthy of my 5 star rating. My thanks to Miss McDowell, Abigdon Press and Litfuse for allowing me the opportunity to read and review this book. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.

    This review is posted at My Reading Journeys and linked to The Art of Homemaking, Create With Joy and Share Your Cup and may be linked to other available parties. See my parties page for a complete list of blog parties.
  3. apple blossom
    Grand Forks, ND
    Age: 45-54
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Refreshing
    July 5, 2016
    apple blossom
    Grand Forks, ND
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    Need refreshment for your soul, mind and body? Then McDowell's book Dwelling Places is just the right medicine. This has been a beautiful read. I can't wait each day to just set down and open the book and see what Lucinda has pinned for me. The Lord has used some many of these words and they appear on a day when I need them. They seem to fit right in the perfect spot. God see to it. I have read many devotional books, this one has been one to keep me coming back. The daily words are so practical and down to earth. You really couldn't ask for a better book to get alone with welllllll other than the Bible, that's a given. The author really opens her heart on each page of the book.
  4. Cindy Loven
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dwelling Places
    June 30, 2016
    Cindy Loven
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    Well, now imagine my surprise when reading the first day of the summer devotions, to find I was addressed by name. OHH my! However then I glanced and the author's name was LuCinda, so she wasn't directly addressing me, but I have to ask one thing. Do I think the Holy Spirit of God knew I would be reading this devotional, and know that I needed to be called out by name? I believe so. "Now Cindy, start growing!" Ouch. Busyness, of life, often steals my time and I find myself running on empty, spiritually, physically and mentally. These summer devotions are all about growing and growth. Feeding and drinking of the spiritual food and drink the Father has for us. I love this devotional and think it is perfect for the season of life I am facing. And what amazes me more is that my Heavenly Father knew this would be coming my way. Too cool!! 4.5 stars from this reviewer.

    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
  5. Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    One word per day
    June 27, 2016
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
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    One word "headlines" provides the umbrella focus for a series of devotions for each of the four seasons of the year (Fall, Advent, Lent, and Summer) in Lucinda Secrest McDowell's lovely devotional DWELLING PLACES: Words to Live in Every Season. The title DWELLING PLACES provides the capstone thought -- that we should seek our place right there in God's dwelling places. Each devotion within the season, focusing on its own unique word, is written with a pertinent scripture, closing prayer or message from God, and a delightful inspirational reading. Being June, I naturally chose SUMMER as the place to begin my readings: the headlining word for summer being Growth. The first devotion raised the question many of us have asked, "Now that I am a Christian, when will I be fixed or 'all grown up'? McDowell likens our maturation as a Christian to planting a garden -- Toad's garden in the Frog and Toad books. Toad's fretful watching over his garden (which he believes is afraid to grow) brought me to thoughts of my own garden. A late May cold, rainy spell, a few visits from unwelcomed wildlife, and a week of neglect while we were away resulted in a bedraggled early June sight. I've been gardening since I was a child and I've never felt so discouraged. How could I be such a failure? Replantings, some transplants, multiple weedings, and warm June sunshine, and now like Toad, I can look out on a rainbow colored sight. McDowell's theme that growth, whether in our garden or our faith, is not constant really hit home. There may be need for do-overs, extra care, and dutiful "weeding" before we notice any growth. And as the author shares, we will need to continue to soak up the sunshine and life-sustaining water of God's love and promises.

    Summer's heat has hit as I write this review, making the next devotion in the summer section equally appropriate. With heat comes thirst and "Thirsty" is the word for the second meditation. If your life feels parched, get McDowell's new book. Let her remind you like the woman at the well where to seek lasting hydration. And if you're a parent, you can't miss the meditation with the keyword "Children". Read closely as McDowell illustrates that just as we don't want our children to live as orphans, ignoring our parental roles in their lives, no matter their ages, God is our eternal parent, always there. Why then do we choose to live as orphans?

    I received a copy of DWELLING PLACES from Litfuse for my honest review.
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