Have you ever wondered what Noah's wife thought about, or Leah, or Bathsheba or Tabitha or Joseph down in the pit? This devotional is a set of 40 glimpses into the lives and minds of Biblical characters at points of despair, challenge, joy, temptation, wonder, confusion, or other emotions and shows how God touches them at that time and place. The format of each story is a short narrative told from the point of view of the character, the Bible passage being described, the author's commentary, and a set of thought-provoking discussion or personal-reflection questions. The writing style is interesting and insightful and treats the reader to new perspective to old familiar Bible stories.
I received a copy of the book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
I started this book wondering, "am I going to like it?" because it's not my usual thing. I have to say, I really enjoyed it! It gave me a new perspective on Bible stories that I've read/heard what feels like a thousand times, shined a light on details I'd never noticed before, and it gave me a new hunger for God's Word. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Higman's books.
*I received this book from www.bookfun.org to read for my honest opinion - which I have given.
"I received this book from www.bookfun.org to read for my honest opinion. I got so involved with each devotional as I read it, I felt like I was right in the stories with them, seeing Jesus through their eyes. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Exactly the Type of Devotional I was Searching For
January 29, 2013
Where God Finds You by Anita Higman is the type of devotional that I've been searching for! I have to admit that hardly any of the devotionals I've attempted to read in the past have kept my interest, so I just gave up on devotionals, knowing that they wouldn't hold my interest. So when the opportunity to review Anita's devotional presented itself, I was already prepared to decline- until I saw that Where God Finds You was unique in that it combined fiction with a devotion.
I decided to give it a try and I'm glad I did! Each devotion focuses on one Bible character and a situation surrounding that Bible character. After a fictional account from the POV (point of view) of the Bible character, the story as told from the Bible is included. Next, a short devotional written by Anita based on the topic/theme being addressed and, lastly, a few relevant questions rounds out a devotional for one day.
The devotionals were short yet spiritually stimulating and the fictional re-telling from Bible characters was written exceptionally well. I enjoyed that, since the re-telling was in first person, I was able to experience the Bible character's thoughts and feelings first-hand. The devotionals from Anita kept my interest and effectively applied the lesson/theme being taught to modern daily life.
However, I have to say that what I enjoyed most about this devotional were the questions. The author obviously thought and prayed about what questions to ask the reader. They were soul-searching questions that prompted me to realize areas where I needed improvement in my life, which, in turn, prompted me to pray about that particular need. They were unique and, like I mentioned before, my favorite part of this devotional.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. If your looking for a devotional that will keep your interest and spiritually stimulate you, give Where God Finds You by Anita Higman a try. God willing, you'll enjoy it as much as I did!
Am I glad this little gem of a book came across my path. In Were God Finds You: 40 Devotionals Bringing Bible Characters to Life, author Anita Higman accomplishes just that. Through the use of first-person narrative, Higman sets the stage for readers to enter into the various stories, allowing for the opportunity to experience the story as an observer or participant.
In addition to highlighting some of the well known characters in the Bible (i.e., Peter, Mary, Daniel, Job, and Ruth), Ms. Higman breathes fresh life to many of the lesser known people in the Bible, such as Pilate's wife, Rahab, the woman who touched Jesus' robe and received healing, Lydia, and Bathsheba. Each person is recorded in the Bible as fulfilling a specific role or purpose, yet for many of the "lesser known" characters, few details are provided of their background. Their stories offer only a Ã¢â¬Ëslice in time' perspective of a particular event or encounter, yet their impact and influence as recorded in the Bible was significant. I have always wanted to know more about many of them. The brilliance of Where God Finds You, is the beautiful way Ms. Higman uses first-person narrative to paint a picture of what life might have been like for each character at the moment they encountered God in a real and profound way in various contexts and circumstances. This approach enabled me to step into their shoes and identify with their situation rather than gloss over the text. (Which is so easy to do when you've read the story a hundred times and think you "know it.") This method enabled me to connect with each character's context and struggles in a deeper way, and then draw conclusions that relate directly to my life.
The format of the 40 devotionals is set up in such a way that each begins with a key verse from the Bible pertaining to the specific story highlighted. A first-person narrative of the account is followed by the passage of scripture in which the story is mentioned. Devotionals close with the author's thoughts relating to the life of the person highlighted, along with a few guided reflection questions to help draw a connection to the person's experience and build a bridge to the relevancy of the passage in our modern context.
Humanity has evolved over the past 2,000 years, but many components of our shared common identity have remained the same. We all want to feel loved, valued, and accepted. We struggle with family dynamics and finding our own path in life. We make poor choices and suffer the consequences. We encounter hard times and difficult circumstances. We still seek to find meaning and purpose in life and try to make sense of why terrible things happen to people. The pages of Where God Finds You are filled with characters who encountered the same circumstances we face today, and who were touched, in one way or another, by a God who demonstrated his love and care for every one of them on their journey _ this is the hope conveyed in Where God Finds You: that just like the people of ancient times, God is still for us and with us today, no matter our circumstances, rank, or experiences, God offers hope, love, joy, and freedom in this life.
(I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Buoyancy Public Relations in exchange for an honest review.)