A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess(in)courage CommunityB&H Books / 2017 / Hardcover$11.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 23 Reviews
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Jolene5 Stars Out Of 5Loving it so far!January 27, 2018JoleneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess by the (in)courage community aims to nurture, strengthen, and encourage women. I almost cried when I started reading the introduction because it just felt so welcoming. There are no assumptions or pretense that my life is at a certain level of cohesiveness. This book doesn't expect me to have it all together. It isn't trying to tell me how to do it just right so I can be the perfect wife, perfect mom, perfect girl, perfect Christian. This devotional about acceptance, starting where you are, and focusing on what matters most in your own life.
I have really, really liked A Moment to Breathe so far. Since the publisher probably doesn't want me waiting a full year to write my review, I'm going to admit that I haven't finished reading the book. Therefore, here is what I have found so far. The devotions are written by eighty different writers and cover many topics. The devotions invite you to come as you are, to think about what the writer is saying, and give a small call to action that is sometimes as simple as smiling at stranger and saying hello. The devotions cover a range of topics. I liked that the writers are all about meeting you where you are and not wearing a mask of perfection, but they also don't encourage wallowing in mediocrity and feeling constantly sorry for yourself. The devotions take only a few minutes to read, though reflecting on the topic or call to action adds a little time. I recommend A Moment to Breathe: 365 Devotions That Meet You in Your Everyday Mess by the (in)courage community to any woman looking for a daily devotional book.
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Fitzysmom4 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMDecember 7, 2017FitzysmomQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I've said before that I'm not really a short daily devotional fan. I tend to prefer a more in-depth morning Bible study. But I'm always encouraged by the (in)courage community so I just couldn't resist taking a look at this new book.
The set up is simple. There's a short Scripture reading followed by an applicable story from one of the many (in)courage writers. Then it ends with a section called A Moment to Breathe.
I've read through most of the readings and have enjoyed them. The women that contributed to this project shared from their hearts and their normal everyday lives. The stories could have been written by any one of us and that's part of the beauty of it. We all have more in common than not and it was nice to read about fellow sojourners and how they were able to face what was in front of them with grace while following Christ.
My favorite part was the ending section. Each day gave simple ways to put into action the core concept of the reading. When I say simple I mean simple. You don't need to run to the store for ingredients or supplies you just need to implement in small ways what you've just read.
This was an encouraging book for me personally but I also think it would be a nice gift for a young mother or a sweet woman that's going through a hard patch. The book itself is beautiful. It's a hardback but has a cloth-like cover and a ribbon to mark your place. I think I'm going to have to pick up a couple more to give as gifts.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
Arletta5 Stars Out Of 5Too busy to do devotions?October 28, 2017ArlettaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I love this book. From the cover to the well written reflections, this book is perfect for the woman who struggles to find time to sit down and do devos. The topics meet me where I am at in life and the challenge/suggestion at the bottom of the page is both thought provoking and applicable to today. I suggest you buy two copies and give one away to a busy neighbour, harried mother, or shut in.
CMayAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5GET THIS BOOK!!October 5, 2017CMayAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Can I say that from the moment that I picked up this devotional book it truly spoke to me. We all are so busy and sometimes have to squeeze in time for ourselves. This is the perfect devotional book for those times. It will touch your heart and get you thinking! It always seems to relate to something I am going through or have been through. I highly suggest this book to give your friends or family members. The holidays are coming up and we all look for something special to give our loved ones. This...it it!
I feel so honored and special to have been given this book by the publisher to review. It's made me think about everyday life and how to share God's love and perspective with others who may be going through tough times. It's one of those books that you actually can't put down when you start reading...and it's a devotional book! I couldn't stop reading with just one day!!
Get this one!! FIVE STARS!!!
ShelieaA.5 Stars Out Of 5A Moment to Breathe...Refresh and RenewOctober 5, 2017ShelieaA.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5There is a lot of insight and wisdom, lessons learned, and lives lived out on the pages of this beautiful little book. A Moment to Breathe is a wonderful daily devotional written by women for women and one, I believe, every woman should have in her life. Our lives can get so busy that we often put ourselves last and forget to take time for us and sometimes put God and our spiritual life on the back burner. A Moment to Breathe helps us to focus on just that...taking a moment to breathe, to refocus, renew, and refresh our hearts and souls.