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  1. Rachel
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Upon Waking
    October 5, 2023
    Rachel
    I realize that some reviewers may comment on book design, content, a title, or graphics within the covers. Then there are the ones who are looking for exactly this thing that Jackie put together. I read 5 pages and was in complete emotional overload. Tears pouring with a hunger in my soul. I am going to purchase a few so that I have some on hand to give to those I meet who also hunger. How refreshing to open a devotional that is devoted to the One who holds us all. Thank you Jackie.
  2. PV
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Challenging and Comforting Devotional
    October 20, 2023
    PV
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Jackie Hill Perry begins her sixty day devotion, Upon Waking, with this shocking confession: "Devotions have never been my cup of tea"(1). She explains that this is because devotions sometimes are given a burden which they are not able to carry because they are not to be the main course, but the appetizer which grows the reader's desire for God and hunger for the Bible. Hill Perry provides the reader with honest reflections and Christ-centered wisdom to remind of the wonder that Christ has "cleansed and clarified not only what [we] are but who [we] are" (85).

    This devotional covers a variety of topics which are common to the Christian life from idols, to needing compassion for ourselves, to reminders of who Christ is, to our personalities. Each devotion is introduced by a passage of Scripture and then 2-3 pages of examining the truths in that passage and considering the impact it has on the reader's life. This is where this devotional shines. Hill Perry provides clear reflections which captivate the reader with Christ and asks questions which stick with them throughout the day.

    One which stuck with me was her devotion on God being with us. In it she asks: "How many temptations exist because we believe that in all our doing we are actually alone?" (80). She then moves on to remind that "God is with you. And by God I mean the Creator of heaven and earth. The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The supreme One. The King of glory. The Judge of all the earth. The immutable and transcendent God. The Lord of hosts. If that God is with us, we should be the most confident people on the planet" (80). The comfort of who the God who goes with me is was an encouragement through the day, and the question to not forget that He is with me was a challenge through the day. Hilly Perry has the gift of taking a truth that is well known and pondering it in such a way that the beauty of it is rediscovered.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is wanting a devotional which challenges them to honestly look at their faith and reflect on how it is impacting their life.

    Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishing and NetGalley. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
  3. AlaskanAmy
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing Devotional
    January 19, 2024
    AlaskanAmy
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Every year I try to find the book I have enjoyed the most to gift at Christmas to those women closest to me. This year it's going to be Upon Waking. Jackie Hill Perry speaks truth in each day of devotions.

    Jackie Hill Perry says at the beginning of the book that she doesn't like devotionals, yet she wrote one. Upon Waking has a verse with Perry's throughs of truth for the verse. These have been speaking to me, a woman who has done devotions for over 35 years. She doesn't add fluff to the devotion, but just what a person needs to start the day encouraged, or even conviction of change needed.

    I encourage all Christian women to buy this book, regardless of stage in Christian walk.

    I received a complimentary copy of Upon Waking thanks to publisher and NetGalley, but all opinions are my own.
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