The Uncommon Marriage Adventure: A Daily Journey to Draw You Closer to God and Each Other is an insightful devotional for couples. The book is designed to be read daily for 16 weeks with discussion between husband and wife. Tony and Lauren Dungy developed their “Core Principles for an Uncommon Marriage” in their book Uncommon Marriage. They expound upon those principles in this devotional book. There are eight core principles, and they spend two weeks on each one, offering advice, biblical perspective, specific practices, and “adventure applications”. Every seventh devotional offers the couple a chance to reflect more deeply on one of the previous day’s practices. More discussion questions and ideas for activities as well as focussed prayer prompts provide the couple with everything they need to grow closer to God and each other.
Each daily reading is just two to three pages, which makes this very practical for busy couples. The devotionals are all based on scripture and biblical advice. The Dungys do not hold up their marriage as the only example to follow. Instead, they point to scripture and true stories of other individuals and couples who lived out the practice being discussed.
I received this book for free from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
This beautiful devotional book offers short devotions filled with hope, love, and the peace of God. Each dated devotional includes two scripture verses, a few paragraphs written to women, and a short prayer for peace, patience, comfort, etc. The scripture verses are taken from several different translations, prompting the reader to compare the scripture in the devotional to her favorite translation.
Each day’s reading can be completed in less than five minutes, but it can provide a springboard for further study of the scripture verses in another translation, a study of the passage from which the scripture came, or extended prayer time for the topic discussed. The short readings are light and reassuring–more like a book of God’s promises. The imitation leather-bound book would make an excellent gift for a friend or family member.
I received this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
This summer, my husband and eight year old son went through the devotional The Talk: 7 Lessons to Introduce Your Child to Biblical Sexuality together, and our six year old daughter wanted to have the same one-on-one time with Daddy, but we couldn’t find an age-appropriate devotional for her. Then I saw Promises for God’s Princesses from Tyndale available for me to review. I requested this book, and Tyndale House Publishers sent me a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
My husband is reading this book with our six year old daughter. I have looked through the book and read parts of it, and I discussed several things with my husband this evening to make sure his opinion meshed with mine. He feels that these devotions are age appropriate for our daughter, who is just outside the recommended age group of 7 to 11 year olds. My husband believes that it would be best for a girl to read these with a sister, friend, or parent because it helps to discuss them. Our daughter enjoys having these devotionals with her daddy that are specifically written for girls her age.
My husband and daughter are able to read and discuss each devotional (one of God’s promises) in five to ten minutes. Each promise is 1 1/2 to 2 pages long and includes a real-life situation followed by a verse or two from the Bible. There is usually a closing paragraph that encourages the reader to journal in response to a few questions. If they choose to journal, they could still be finished in about 15 minutes for each promise. There are 100 promises in the book. We would highly recommend this book as a beginning devotional for a young girl.
We would also highly recommend The Talk for boys or girls who are ready to discuss sex. My husband said the devotional was straightforward and didn’t require him to think. The authors have researched the topic and presented it in a way that highlights Biblical values and honors marital sex.
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I’m always looking for a good Bible study or devotional book to keep me in the Word and to help me apply it to my personal life. This book was offered by Bethany House and appealed to me because it is based on the book of Ruth from the Old Testament.
Colliding with Destiny: Finding Hope in the Legacy of Ruth was written by Sarah Jakes, the daughter of Bishop T. D. Jakes. The book consists of an introduction and 30 chapters, which makes it a great one-month devotional, or it could be offered as a small-group Bible study with several chapters read before each meeting.
Each chapter begins with a few verses from the book of Ruth, and then the author shares a personal application of the scripture. Each chapter ends with a “Journal” section followed by a “Prayer” section, which allow the reader to reflect on the scripture and apply it to their own life and then close by giving thanks or asking God for help.
Colliding with Destiny examines the life of Ruth and the struggles she endured as she remained faithful to her family and her Lord. She could have given up at any time, said it was too hard, and returned to her mother’s house, but she endured and overcame her disappointments. God redeemed her pain and restored her with blessings. Ruth went on to become the great-grandmother of King David and an ancestor of Jesus Christ.
Sarah Jakes writes with wisdom as she shares her own painful experiences and disappointments, which taught her about God’s love, redemption, and restoration. This book offers Biblical hope and encouragement for anyone struggling to overcome their past.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. These thoughts and opinions are my own.