“Loving God, I know that my words have consequences. Teach me that angry or impatient words may inflict wounds on someone else, while helpful words may encourage others or even move someone a step closer to you. Before I speak, remind me to stop and think about what the consequences of my words might be. May I speak in a way that reflects your character.” This is taken from Day 195 of Ronald A. Beers’s "365 Pocket Prayers for Graduates – Guidance and Wisdom for Each New Day." At three hundred and sixteen notecard-sized pages, this small black imitation leather-bound book is the ideal size for a purse or backpack or to keep on a nearby bedside table. Using the New Living Translation of The Bible, each of the three hundred and sixty five days of the year have a prayer listed by day number, not date. Covering a topic at the top of the page, there is a one paragraph prayer to God followed by an italicized complete Bible verse for reference. A helpful three page topical index is at the end of the book if one wants to look up a specific topic or theme. This reader wishes all pronouns relating to God were capitalized for reverence. With a high school or college graduate in mind, this book hones in on a young adult who yearns to learn more and be closer to God. Yet in looking at the sincere, humbling, compassionate and respectful prayers, both new and seasoned Christians of any age can call out to the Almighty and read the Scriptures listed too to be closer to Him. Topics range from positive encouragement relating to character, commitment, eternity, family, God’s will, hope, kindness, loving others, passion, resurrection and success to more confessional sins of anger, conflict, emptiness, gossip, insecurity, mistakes, neglect, quitting and weakness. Each subject is randomly placed among the days’ pages with its focus written again at the bottom by the page number. Due to such a wide range of themes, the reader can instantly research a topic based on his or her search for Christ’s closeness that day. Having the Bible verse written out saves time going to a second source to read it. With life being so complex, full and engaging, especially for a graduate, this small book is a perfect reminder to be in the Word and pray daily. This is not only an excellent gift for any upcoming graduate, but the perfect present to anyone who is looking for a quick, concise and easy-to-read daily Biblical devotional that involves prayer.
This is a very good book for a graduation gift. The leather cover is beautiful, and it has prayers covering all topics.