Thursday, January 24, 2013

Lord, I Give You This Day---devotional review

I was a little surprised when I receiveLord, I Give You This Day. I was thinking about all the great Bible studies Kay Arthur does in her "Lord" series, so opening the package to find a devotional was interesting. I did find out, however, that the devotions in this book are drawn from her "Lord" Bible studies hence the name.

Enjoy your mealBefore I continue my review I want to add a caveat about devotionals. Hebrews 5:14 assures us that mature believers need the meat of the Word. So, where do devotionals fall into the picture? I liken most devotionals as vitamins; you get some nutrients but not everything you need. If your sole diet is only supplements, you will be weak and anemic. If your sole spiritual diet are only devotionals, the same will be true of your spiritual health.

Now on specifically to Lord, I Give You This Day.

I was impressed with Kay Arthur's ability to give some meat in these one page devotionals. I think it is because each piece is focused more on confronting rather than comforting. Educating more than merely encouraging. Each day, I've been challenged by Arthur in my Christian walk. 

You know you might get your toes stepped on when a devotional starts like...

Are you considering compromise in some area of you life?
Precious one, do you realize that the very blessings of the Lord can seduce our affections away from the Giver...?
Will you pause for a moment and think with me about the standards of our day?

Yes, definitely more depth than the "Jesus loves you" or "Be good today" that you get with many devotionals.

That being said, I recommend this devotional if you want to use one. It goes deeper than the general devotional, yet remains in easy to read chunks. 

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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