For a while now I have been looking for a good devotional book that I can use during my quiet time with the Lord. Just in case you are reading and thinking, “Abby, what the heck is ‘quiet time’?”, let me explain: I am a born-again Christian and I believe that a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is totally possible. How in the world do I have a “personal relationship” with God? By spending time with Him, reading my Bible, praying, and applying what I read to my life. This process is my quiet time. I am not always good about having my quiet time, nor do I feel like I have a whole lot of time to sit and ponder what I am reading or figure out a way I can apply what I’m reading to my life. I have three kids and, frankly, once my day is started, I can’t even take personal time for myself throughout the day (moms, can I get an “amen!”?).
So, that being said, I really like devotional books for my quiet time because, usually, they focus on a verse or a short passage from the Bible and then break the passage down within a paragraph or two where the author discusses what the passage means and how it can apply to the reader’s life. I love this because it streamlines the whole process and I can move onto thinking about what the author has said and coming up with specific ways in which I could apply what was discussed. I want to grow in my faith, so this is important.
I have read through several year-long devotionals in the past (Oswald Chambers, and Purpose Driven Life, among others), and I like books like Oswald Chambers “My Utmost for His Highest” have been in my normal rotation off and on for 10+ years, so I wanted something new and fresh. Cue A Daybook of Grace by Mark Gilroy. The book, like others, provides an entry for every day of the year that includes a verse/passage from the Bible, a quote from a well-known historical figure or religious writer, thoughts/application on the passage, and as prayer starter for the day. Ya’ll…there’s just really good stuff in this book. I don’t know how else to say it. Will you read this book and feel convicted to your core about the way you are living? No, probably not. However, you will come away feeling refreshed and encouraged spiritually, and that is an awesome way to start your day! I highly recommend this book, and if you’re interested, you can purchase it at Barnes & Noble, ChristianBook.com, or on Amazon.