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 “Devo for the Rest of Us”. 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 day’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 “normal” 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 man’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 day’s insights. Nothing major, but life application is a huge part of each day’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
I have known Vince for well over a decade, and I love spending time with him because he always has the most incredible stories of how God’s love is impacting people.