Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature  -     By: Francine Rivers, Karin Stock Buursma
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Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature

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What do majestic redwoods, the persistence of a woodpecker, or a glorious sunrise reveal about the Creator? Join Rivers as she searches for God in a lifetime's observations of the natural world---and discovers that the proof of his enduring love is all around us! Features more than 100 stunning photographs and a ribbon marker. 224 pages, hardcover from Tyndale.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 1.00 X 1.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1496414853
ISBN-13: 9781496414854

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Millions of readers have been transformed and inspired by Francine Rivers’ bestselling novels Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. Now, in this weekly devotional, the beloved author invites you to join her in seeking the Creator through the marvelous natural world we live in. Francine shares observations she’s gathered over a lifetime of exploring—abroad and in her own backyard—and reflects on how they might apply to your daily life. What do the majestic redwoods, the persistent woodpecker, or a glorious sunrise reveal about our artistic and generous God? How could that change your outlook or the way you handle adversity?

Stunning photography, Scripture excerpts, applications, and prayers accompany Francine’s reflections, inspiring you to be encouraged. Be challenged. Be comforted. God’s power is immense; His attention to detail in precise; His love for you is vast and unfailing. The proof is all around you.

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  1. Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Earth Psalms
    December 3, 2016
    Kris Bush
    Orlando, FL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Earth Psalms is a collection of devotions paired with beautiful photographs of nature. The devotions are meant to spark reflection and application. There are 52 devotions for weekly reading. This devotional is a collaboration between Francine Rivers and Karin Buursma. Francine knew she wanted to write a devotional with added photos of nature so we can see the beauty and work of God in the nature around us but she wanted the devotional to have a bit more depth so that's where Karin Buursma comes in at adding in the hymns, quotes, reflections, and applications throughout the devotional.

    The book is very well put together with hardback and nice thick pages with full vibrant color photos. Each devotion is themed with a color as can be seen below the second devotions pages all have deep teal color coordination. Don't get me wrong this is a beautiful devotional and is very good on content but also because of its beauty it can be put on a coffee table of sorts to spark interest and conversation with visitors. Because they'll see the beautiful photos then possibly read the devotional or at least skim the devotional that goes with the photos.

    I think this would make a great gift for the believer, new or old, who enjoys nature.

    {FYI, I did receive this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.}
  2. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Earth Psalms
    November 29, 2016
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Earth Psalms: reflections on how God speaks through nature, by Francine Rivers with Karin Stock Buursma, is a beautiful book. Rivers strives to help people grow closer in their relationships with God as God shows His power and majesty, His attention to detail, and His great and unfailing love for us throughout nature. She points out that the Bible teaches lessons through many aspects of the natural world. For example, King David used metaphors of sheep and pastures. Solomon wrote of sparrows, dogs, pigs, ants, locusts, and lizards. Jesus spoke of wheat, mustards seeds, pearls, and soil.

    Each devotion includes a writing by Francine Rivers. They also include scripture, quotes, and song lyrics. At the end of each one, readers will find three sections, entitled Reflect, Apply, and Connect with God to assist in doing these very things. Some of the fifty-two entries are: Variety in Creation, Something Small in Gods Hands, Planting Seeds of Faith, Encouraged to Fly, and A Firm Foundation.

    This is a spectacular book. The devotions are well-written and easy for anyone to relate to. The reflections and applications are simple and easy to carry out, and the pictures included are simply gorgeous.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates Gods creation and to anyone who enjoys reading Francine Rivers work.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
  3. Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Cover is eh, but the guts is pretty awesome
    November 20, 2016
    daischop
    Chattanooga, TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This is a beautifully nature enriched scenery book of psalms and encouraging weekly reflections on how God speaks to us. The photography is awesome and the stories that are intertwined are just as well written.

    To be honest, I didn't have a lot of hope for this particular book. I thought it sounded interesting, but the cover didn't really appeal to me. Neither did the title of the book. If anything, I expected this to be part of a bargain bin because of the lack of interest in it selling very well, based upon its cover art soley.

    Well, this is one book where you definitely should not judge a book by its cover. My intention was to read it and then pass it along to a friend of mine. It took reading the first few chapters to be assaulted with guilt. I didn't want to pass this book along. I wanted it to remain in my possessions and claim it as mine. I don't plan on sharing. The most sharing I will do, is to go to the local bookstore and buy my friend her very own copy.

    What did I like about the book, pretty much what I wrote in the opening paragraph. I loved the photography. I loved the way that Francine Rivers wrote. The thought provoking questions at the end, to challenge you to think and perhaps put into practice what you read.

    Would I recommend this book? Most definitely.

    I received this book complimentary from the publisher, Tyndale Publisher, via the Tyndale Blog Network. The review I wrote was my own honest opinion, without any pressure to present a positive review.
  4. Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Book
    November 20, 2016
    Pam Burke
    Potosi, MO
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Francine Rivers' Earth Psalms is a beautiful book -- both visually and in its inspiring contents.

    The book contains 52 devotionals -- one for each week of the year. Each devotional begins with a short passage of scripture and ends with a verse or two from the book of Psalms. In between you will find an inspiring story from nature, beautiful photography, and some combination of uplifting quotes, hymn lyrics, and interesting facts.

    I didn't know I could learn so much or be so challenged by stories of earthworms, turtles, pansies, and such, but that is exactly what happened as I read the book. Francine used her awesome writing talent to transform her accounts of ordinary things and simple events into profound thoughts that bring encouragement and joy.

    Reading through this book in just a few sittings was very enjoyable and thought-provoking. But I really look forward to going back through it at a much slower pace, putting more time and meditation into the reflections and applications that Francine suggests at the end of each devotional.

    I highly recommend Earth Psalms to anyone interested in simple, yet profound, lessons from God's Word and his creation. Each devotional is a short, quick read but provides enough "food for thought" to last much longer.

    Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts about the book in this review.
  5. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Lessons from observing nature
    November 18, 2016
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Scripture tells us God's invisible qualities are revealed in the created world. (Rom. 1:20) God is an artist, and his earth and the universe are His canvas, Rivers writes. (ix) She shares here spiritual lessons gleaned through her observations of God's creation.

    There are 52 readings. We learn facts about nature in some of them. For example, we find out apple trees need to be grafted to guarantee the kid of fruit produced. Apple trees grown from seeds produce apples of different color, taste, etc. We learn how the stenocara beetle gets enough water to exist while living in the Namib Desert.

    Sometimes we learn interesting facts, such as how and why window boxes came into use. We are introduced to the huge work of small earthworms. We also find out about the loyalty of geese and the history of potatoes.

    Sometimes we even learn a little history, like that of the trees providing pine nuts and shade for Roman roads. We also find out about gophers and their role in ridding the California coast of Russians in the 1840s.

    Rivers includes a spiritual lesson in each of the readings. From a father quail watching over his young Rivers reminds us of our Father watching over us and warning us of danger. We read about the folly of going after false light like moths do and about relationships from crab spiders.

    Each reading also includes quotes from the Bible, hymns, and from noted people, questions for reflection, suggestions for an application of the lesson, a prayer to say, as well as beautiful photographs.

    The subtitle of the book is reflections on how God speaks through nature. I am not so sure that accurately describes the contents of this book. I would say it contains spiritual lessons or truths one can relate to nature observations. The lessons are mostly about God's relationship with us rather than His eternal power, as noted in Romans 1:20. The photographs are from stock photo suppliers. While they are nice, I would have rather had photos that had some relationship to the authors.

    The authors hope that this book will encourage readers to look at the world God created and find their love for Him expanded. (xi)

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My thoughts are an independent and honest review.
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