Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Giveaway and Blog Tour: Mornings with Jesus 2012 (Daily encouragment for your soul, 366 devotions)
About the book:
"Be still and know that I am God.” is one of the most beautiful verses from the Bible, but it’s not easy to practice in this busy world. Mornings with Jesus will help you do just that—“be still” in Jesus’ beautiful and powerful presence. For those who are seeking a deeper experience in their relationship with Christ, Mornings with Jesus offers a fresh perspective of who Jesus is (the Healer, the Son of God, the Comforter, the Good Shepherd) and what that means for day-to-day life. With a warm and friendly voice, 365 short devotional writings on the character and teachings of Jesus encourage readers to greet each day by drawing near to Him and inviting His presence into their day. Spend time with Jesus at the beginning of each day and experience His nearness and peace in a new way throughout the year. Each day’s selection includes: • a Bible verse • an entry based on Jesus: His words, miracles, and parables; His wisdom, compassion, and comfort; His mystery, power, divinity, and humanity • a “faith step” that will inspire and challenge readers to apply the day’s message to their lives
Link to buy the book: http://ow.ly/8BbyO
When I first received Mornings with Jesus I was thrilled to have a devotional by some amazing authors! While this book didn't exactly meet my expectations it was still very good, just a lot different than I expected. I thought we would have some scripture to look up as well as some deep meaningful challenges laid out like most devotionals go. However, this is not exactly how this book goes. We do have a scripture reference, but it is about 1 line only and you don't have to look it up, it's provided. Then it goes in to a story by a different author. Sometimes the stories just don't seem to connect great with the scripture and they don't really connect with me either although I did find them fun to read. At the end of the story there is a one sentence faith step! I read this devotional along with another one that offers more scripture references and challenges and together they make for a great time alone with God.
Like I said earlier, it wasn't exactly what I was looking for in a devotional but I do enjoy reading the stories and listening to the different challenges each lady faced. One in particular that I connected with was the judgmental issue. The author goes in to how most people are turned away by Christians because of our judgmental attitudes. I never really thought that I was a judgmental person, mostly because I keep my thoughts to myself. But then it occurred to me while reading this story that even though I might not voice my thoughts, I still have a tendency to judge others. I think in my head that they are not behaving like Christians should, etc. etc. The faith step for that day was to go an entire day without criticizing or judging anyone. To me that included in my thoughts also. Let's just say, it was a lot harder than it should have been. That day gave me a lot to think about and consider about my attitude and thoughts.
Some days I connected with the stories that were shared, and other days I didn't and that's probably pretty normal. No one really connects to all life stories they hear about. Overall I am really enjoying read this devotional, though to me it's more like encouraging stories than a devotional. Very good!!
Thank you to the publishers through Litfuse that provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for my personal and honest opinion. All opinions are my own!
Blog Tour Schedule: http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13452857)
I was graciously provided an extra copy of this book to give away to one of my lucky readers!
All you have to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address and I will draw a winner February 22nd! You can also email me to enter the drawing to firstname.lastname@example.org.