Sometimes reading devotionals can be a bit tedious. Perhaps you might disagree, but how many different ways can an author really express uplifting thoughts in one work. Most authors have a style, and this style becomes apparent early in the work and follows throughout. Perhaps it is to hit upon a key verse and expound upon it. Sometimes the key verse is simply a jumping off point to begin a personal dialogue with the reader. Hopefully you get what I am trying to say. I do not believe devotionals are a bad thing, and I do not believe consistency to be a bad thing. Yet somehow devotionals tend to slog along if the trend is infrequently varied.
Enter â€œDevo for the Rest of Usâ€. The author Vince Antonucci, might be classified in the sharing a verse as a jumping off point category of devotionals. Where differs is his use of stories. Each dayâ€™s devotion includes a story, and sometimes more than one, which are relevant to the daily Scripture. The stories are well shared and pertinent. Many times the author shares a story of a â€œnormalâ€ person, the type of person who has problems and issues with life. These stories are not written about pillars of the faith, though sometimes they are mentioned. One story is about a non-believer who attended church just because he felt loved, and the transformation love brought into this manâ€™s life. Another story involves a Navy SEAL sitting on the authors lap, while the author fed him baby food. And the stories go on.
If the book were simply a book of stories, it would be a great read. However, the author does something many other devotional readers omit. He gives the reader something to do in addition to simply reading that dayâ€™s insights. Nothing major, but life application is a huge part of each dayâ€™s devotional, along with additional Scripture reading.
I thoroughly enjoy this devotional and plan to encourage others to read it for themselves.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Netgalley