Monday, September 30, 2013

Book Review: Encouragement for Today

Book Review

Encouragement for Today is a devotional created by an amazing team of women: Renee Swope, Lysa TerKeurst, Samantha Evilsizer, and the Proverbs 31 Team. I have had very mixed experiences with devotionals, but this one really touched a place in my heart - in fact, I plan to purchase copies for all of my nieces, as I feel the lessons contained in this little book are important ones for all young women.

Each "reading" is 2-3 pages long, with Bible verse followed by a personal story - and then cues to REMEMBER, REFLECT, and RESPOND to the lesson contained within. The reading concludes with a few "POWER VERSES" to keep one focused on the lesson.

While the concept of short, personalized chunks of reading is nothing new - the execution in this particular book takes this basic formula and truly bring it it to life. God's love and wisdom is apparent through-out, and the ladies do not shy away from difficult topics or confessions in their desire to enlighten. I found myself nodding in agreement in some places, tearing up with compassion in others, and struck by conviction in others. This book is a must read for any Christian woman - it is truly uplifting and inspiring.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson through BookSneeze in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trace Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."