Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Book Review: 365 Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart

Like most women, it seems like I'm constantly on the go, and it takes concerted effort to carve out time to sit down for daily devotions. In truth, while quiet time with God is probably the most important part of the day, it doesn't always happen because my busyness gets in the way.

365 Moments of Peace for a Woman's Heart {Reflections on God's Gifts of Love, Hope, and Comfort} is a daily devotional written for the busy woman. There are (obviously) 365 devotions, one for each day starting January 1, and ending December 31. There is no specific author credited, but it's put out by Bethany House Publishers.

The layout is nice...the heading of each date has a subject, followed by a Bible verse, a paragraph of encouragement, another verse to close, and a short prayer on the side. It's an easy read, but there's nothing unique about this devotional. The devotions are all fairly generic, and while good reminders, none of the devotions I read had a profound impact. There's just no personality, so it's not surprising that the readings are all collected from previously published devotionals. There just isn't much flow from one day to the next, and it feels like it's written more from a textbook than from an inspiring hunger for God.

I also wasn't a huge fan of all the different Bible translations. There were about 20 different translations used, and while I'm not a snobby Bible reader, I do prefer the more traditional texts than some of the newer translations.

While I like the idea of a devotional geared towards the common struggles godly women have to face, this particular devotional underwhelmed me.
Thank you to Bethany House Publishers for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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