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Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great DevotionalDecember 14, 2015Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a woman, I know how difficult it is to find time to spend with the Lord. There are always so many demands on our day and our time that if we aren't careful a whole day, or days, can get by us without much thought to what God has for us.
This devotional is beautiful both inside and out. The purple soft leather cover is appealing and makes it easy to open and hold. There's a bookmark ribbon to mark your spot with as you read along. The days are numbered with ordinal numbers 1-366. I guess that was a bit off kilter for me, as I was expecting it to be in date form - for instance Jan 1- Dec 31. But I think it was just me. When I received my devotional I wanted to begin reading on November 20, for instance, so I was trying to figure out how many days from 366 I needed to subtract to get there. I know... I am weird that way. But a friend of mine said she liked it like that, cause she could start on Day 1 and go from there no matter what day of the year it was. She is brilliant! I was like... DUH!!! So, that will probably make total sense to you.
The one thing I really liked about this devotional is that not only does it include a verse at the beginning of the daily read, but it also includes a Scripture passage to read. So many devotionals lack that aspect. You read one verse, then the devotional (which by the way is man's words, not Gods) and then a short prayer and your done. A verse a day is good, but quality time in God's Word and getting the context of what the devotional is speaking about also helps. So I love this!! I also like the yearly reading plan in the back of the devotional that helps you read through your Bible in a year. And yes, you can start it any day of the year. You don't have to wait til Jan. 1.
This devotional takes small passages beginning in Genesis and goes all the way through Revelation. So you get to go through the whole Bible in a year. These Scriptures and readings are to help encourage women in their walk with God. One I read this week was "Does my behavior as a guest cause my hostess to grumble?". Wow! Have you ever grumbled a bit when someone left your home? How do people feel about you when they invite you over. There is so much good food for thought in this devotional. I would highly recommend it for yourself or as a gift. Growing in the Lord is a lifetime process.
I was blessed with this devotional from Lifeway and B&H Blogger Group in exchange for my honest opinion.
Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Sound teaching and easy to useDecember 12, 2015Britt98Grand Prairie, TXAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This devotional is so beautiful on both the inside and the outside! I really liked the feel of the books soft cover. Of course, the most important part of a devotional is the content and how it will help a person in their walk with God. I think that this pretty, little devotional does a good job with that, too.
I really like that this devotional is not ordered by date, but is simply numbered Day 1 through Day 366. Each devotion starts with a verse or verses, then has a discussion. A prayer suggestion follows the discussion paragraphs, and finally there is a space to write your own thoughts.
These are fairly short and quick devotions. I have actually come back to the book multiple times during the day during this past week to enjoy another short devotion and keep my mind focused on God. I completed the devotionals from Day 1 through Day 21, so I felt that I could accurately review this guide. I plan to continue using this devotional in my Bible study each day. The teachings are sound and I also enjoy that the devotionals are progressing in biblical order.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5By far, one of my most favorite devotionals for women!December 8, 2015Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every year I try to faithfully find a great devotional that I can read in just a few minutes that helps set my tone for the day. I believe it is what creates a foundation for how our day might play out. I found an exceptional one that might just be the perfect gift to give this Christmas to a special woman in your life. The Devotional for Women by Rhonda Harrington Kelley and Dorothy Kelley Patterson is just the right size to tuck in your purse, (measures 7.5 by 5 by 1) for some much needed faithful inspiration designed just for women in a purple leather book! It is designed to equip you to faithfully read God's Word daily and comes with 366 daily Bible devotions for women of all ages.
It really is friendly, and offers a quick-read format with a strong emphasis on what God has to say to women from Genesis to Revelation. It even includes a Bible Reading Plan and really places emphasis on biblical applications. What I really love besides the purple leather cover is that each of this daily devotions tries to focus on a woman from the Bible beginning from Genesis all the way to Revelation. Far too often we might not think women made much of an impact from the Bible, but as this devotional points out, there are more women than you might realize. They don't need an entire book of the Bible written about them to be important but even the smaller roles women played like servants, helpers, midwives and others show us how much value a women offers in the sight of God.
It profiles both named and unnamed women of the Bible and each day's message includes application and encouragement for you as the Lord writes His truths on your heart, molding you into His image, and using you as a conduit for glorifying Him in every aspect of your life. The single and married women who have written these daily commentaries come from different seasons of life and various geographical areas and several generational groups from a mother, a daughter and pairs of granddaughters in one family' several mother-daughter duos; a mother in love and daughter in love. There are teens in high school, college, and seminary students, young mothers and grandmothers. All are committed to women-to-women ministries.
The Devotional for Women has a reading for every day but it is undated. You can pick it up and begin your spiritual journey any day of the year. Each devotional stands alone. You can read the extended passage, or you can simply read the focus verse(s), printed for you as the devotional unfolds. Use the guide prayer pattern to approach the throne room of grace with your own petition and praise. Make your personal notes in the space for "Personal Reflection" as reminders of what God has been doing in your life. This is truly a remarkable devotional and one I am honored to share with you.
I received The Devotional for Women by Rhonda Harrington Kelley and Dorothy Kelley Patterson compliments of B and H Publishers for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside from a free copy of this devotional, in exchange for my honest and personal review. What I love about this devotional is that it is not dated, so you don't have to feel like you've fallen behind if you buy this at any time. You simply pick it up and begin. I also love the Personal Reflection section so that I can note prayer requests or answers to prayer in the space provided to see how God is working in my life through my spiritual journey of faith. For me, this one is well worth all 5 out of 5 stars and would make an exceptional gift to a special woman in your life.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful devotionalDecember 2, 2015KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When this book arrived I was pleasantly surprised. It has a beautiful, purple, leather touch cover which is very soft. It is a nice size ( 7.5 x 5 x 1 ). This is a book that has 366 daily devotions for women that is prepared directly from the text scripture.
As you open the book you will come to a table of contents:
A Pattern of Quiet Time
The Christian Life
Daily Bible Reading Plan.
In a Pattern of Quiet Time we are reminded that regardless of where you are in your faith that it is up to you to initiate communication with God. This is your relationship and therefore it's up to you to build it.
Each devotion starts with a scripture, focus verse, a devotion, prayer and lastly an area to write a personal reflection.
In the back of the book there's a daily reading plan check off list.
Okay, I truly loved this book. Yes, the cover is very soft and I loved the color. When I opened the book I was very pleased with how organized and compact it is. This is a study that starts in Genesis and ends in Revelations so it essentially guides you through out the Bible. It offers relevant discussions on various topics. This devotional is designed to where you can pick it up at any time and start. I have previously picked up books where the start day is Jan. 1 and it's very hard to start mid year. So that's a big selling point for me, plus as we all know there are days when you may miss reading. Each devotion starts with a scripture and a focus verse whee you can explore more deeply if your would like. I loved that there is an area for personal reflection notes. I am a person that takes a lot of notes so this was helpful.
This is a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone at a resource for yourself or a gift for someone else. I have picked one up for my college aged daughter for Christmas.
*I received this book free from the publisher through their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5insightful and encouragingNovember 18, 2015lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Here is a devotional that doesnt spew platitudes, but encourages women in their walk with the Lord. One devotion I read wasnt just about prayer, but also placed a letter of Paul in its historical context. Read the Scripture portion placed underneath the title for the days devotion. Use whatever version you are comfortable with, then there is space where women can write thoughts, prayers, questions, etc.
Personally, I would have liked to see more thought-provoking writing beyond the couple of minutes that it takes to read at its current length. I would suggest not writing in the book as the ink might bleed through the pages plus the advantage of using a notebook means no shortage of room to write what the Lord places on your heart or whatever you wish to express to Him.
Use the devotional at a moment to reenergize your Spirit or in the times youre able to sit, being still to know He is God! These books are a great way to start having regular moments with the Lord or can spark study into a topic or book in the Bible at a deeper level. God Bless!
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