â€œMy purpose in your life is not just to forgive your sins but also to give you more and more of myself,â€ Nancy Guthrie writes as if from Godâ€™s perspective in her book, Abundant Life in Jesus: Devotions for Every Day of the Year.
~ What ~
At three-hundred-and-eighty-four pages, this deep-red carved leather-like softbound book that is meant to be read daily throughout a year targets those wanting to focus on the blessings and inheritance of being a child of God. Using mainly the New Living Translation of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the ESV and NIV versions. A gold marker ribbon is attached, and a Scripture index completes the book.
Printed in a dark-red ink, each dated page of the year has a title, followed by a written-out Bible verse. Several paragraphs follow regarding the subject, written as if from God to the reader. The bottom of the page has a short one or two sentence prayer or thought to consider.
A few random subjects of daily reading include â€œI Grant Wisdom,â€ â€œI Am Jealous for You,â€ â€œI Forgive and Forget,â€ â€œI Will Reward You,â€ and â€œI Always Keep My Promises.â€
Reading the Word of God daily is important, and this devotional to be used with the Bible helps set the mind on God as the verse and the writerâ€™s portrayal of God speaks to the reader. The pages remind to seek Christ first and look to Him for guidance and support.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not read the Bible or prefer only to read Godâ€™s Word may not want to add this to their daily ritual. Not knowing all of the writerâ€™s Biblical stances and beliefs, some may not agree with some of her portrayals of the Almighty.
~ Who ~
An international speaker, Guthrie has written numerous books. She and her husband are cohosts of GriefShare videos and host a Respite Retreat for couples.
~ Wish ~
Similar to Sarah Youngâ€™s Jesus Calling, this book is written as if God is writing. Leery having read Youngâ€™s introduction of receiving visions for her wording that made me stop reading it, I trust this book (which I have not read every page to date since reviewing) was done with prayer and preparation in the Word. I am thankful Guthrieâ€™s introduction mentions its format is â€œonly a device employed for the purpose of hearing him speak his blessing to you personally.â€ It would be thoughtful if all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like devotionals that are presented as if God is speaking directly to you through the words, this is a viable option. It would make a lovely gift for that someone special in your life.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars.
Thanks to Tyndale House for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reviewerâ€™s honest opinion.