The three one-year devotionals below are intended for people and families who lead busy lives. Their daily use takes only minutes from busy schedules and establishes enjoyable habits that foster togetherness. In addition, their consistent use increases Bible knowledge, encourages prayer, spiritual growth and intimacy with God.
With Christmas and New Year’s just weeks away one-year devotionals are a good gift choice as thoughts turn to new beginnings in the New Year.
***Mini reviews are above devotionals below***
Review: Pastor Colin Smith, host of the popular national radio show, Unlocking the Bible teaches how the Old and New Testament books of the Bible combine and point to Jesus Christ as “one story.” Entries begin with focused Scripture, then a brief reading and additional Scripture for those who want to delve deeper.
Smith’s devotions link the Bible chronologically, from one book to another to leads readers to the ultimate focus—Jesus Christ. His narratives feature the Bible as a complete story that begins with Genesis 1:1 and ends in the book of Revelation. He uses clear, compelling imagery to illustrate the Scripture message then joins the message to personal application. I would recommend this book for any Christian whether new, intermediate or advanced.
- ‘The One Year Unlocking the Bible Devotional’ by Colin S. Smith w/Tim Augustyn, Tyndale House Publishers, 2012, 384 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414369358, $14.99
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Spend a Year Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible!
Have you ever wondered how the Bible works together as a whole? Or how events from the New Testament were foreseen in the Old Testament? Pastor Colin Smith, who hosts the popular national radio program Unlocking the Bible, is the perfect guide to answering these questions and to highlighting the significant events and circumstances of the Bible.
Pastor Smith, while walking you through the Bible, will help you uncover deep truths of the Bible story. He will assist you in understanding the events, their significance and time frame, and how God weaves together the entire story. Each day’s devotion offers a selection from Scripture, an insightful teaching devotional, and an additional Scriptural reference for further study.
By the time you are finished, you will see how the major stories, conditions, and actions in the Bible can and do relate to your everyday life.
Review: Women’s days are filled with stress, whether at work, looking for work or managing a family on a reduced budget. Their “to-do” lists grow, while their patience diminishes. The word “peace” is not a regular part of their vocabulary.
Ann Spangler penned this one-year devotional with the theme of peace to “…help women take hold of the peace God is offering.” Regardless of the season you’re in or the challenges you face spending a few minutes a day with the Lord reduces frustrations, reminds women that God is in control and helps women draw close to God.
Inspirational devotions begin with Scripture, then a focused reading and end with prayer. Even if you need to rise fifteen minutes early for devotional time, a sense of God’s peace is more than worth it. Since I don’t know any women who aren’t challenged in some aspect of life, I recommend this devotional for women of all ages. It would also make an excellent Christmas gift for friend or loved one.
- ‘The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace’ by Ann Spangler, Tyndale House Publishers, 2012, 384 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414336022, $15.99
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What wouldn’t we give to have a little more peace?
What is your typical day like? Filled with meetings? Scheduled to the max? Spinning out of control? Does the to-do list go on and on? In the craze of modern life, it’s easy to lose touch with the peace that is freely available to us.
The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace helps you take hold of the peace God offers—a peace far richer and more satisfying than anything you can imagine.
Bestselling author Ann Spangler has a deep desire for women to experience greater peace in their lives. She provides an uplifting devotion for each day that includes a key Scripture verse, a devotional reading, and a suggested prayer for connecting with God. These daily readings will help open your heart to the peace that God wants you to experience every day.
Whatever your life looks like right now, breathe deeply and spend a little quiet time in God’s Word. As you do, you’ll discover a life that is filled with confidence, joy, and unending peace!
Review: This devotional, written by three fathers with their daughters in mind encourages a special bonding between fathers and daughters during that crucial tween-teen time. Dated devotions cover one year. The writing style is conversational with interesting topics such as trendy clothes, Facebook pages, flattery, guilt, pain, forgiveness, even potato chips.
Readings begin with an age-appropriate story that includes a simple Scripture message, followed by “daddy-daughter time.” This segment of questions teaches how to apply what’s been read and encourages discussion, perhaps the most important and compelling part between fathers and daughters. “What’s the Word?” completes devotions with a related Scripture.
Father’s lives are busy, as children’s are, yet consider how special a daughter would feel if their dad set a standing date with them for a year to work through this father-daughter devotional that will also create special and memorable parent-child memories.
This would make a wonderful gift for a mother to give to a father or a daughter to give to her father for Christmas.
- ‘The One Year Father-Daughter Devotions’ by Jesse Florea, Bob Smithouser, & Leon C. Wirth, Tyndale House Publishers, 2012, 400 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1414364865, $14.99
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Daddy-daughter relationships are special.
But how do you keep that special bond?
One way is through daily devotions—dis-cussing God’s truth using simple, everyday examples and activities.
You’ll also find two helpful bonus features: a daddy-daughter date guide and a movie list with discussion questions.
This devotional gives more than 365 creative ways to connect fathers and daughters—to God and to each other!
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