This is a beautiful little book, filled with thought-provoking readings and inspirational thoughts. There are 40 separate “devotional readings that reveal God’s promises” – each is only two-three pages long, and starts with a verse. They aren’t hard readings, and take very little time, but they’re extremely thought-provoking.
One of the readings that I was really touched by was Day 5. It focused on I Kings 19:7, which says “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you”. The author says that “The God of Heaven knows when “the journey is too great” for me… And He not only knows – He acts in tenderness to enable me to continue the journey”. She references the story of Elijah as being the “perfect example” of God’s tenderness, stating that even in the midst of living through some completely miraculous things, when he wound up being on the run for his life, he sat pleading with God to take his life. God could have easily said something like “remember all those incredible things I just did through you??” – but He didn’t. And that was pretty incredible. What He did instead was send a ministering angel. He showed Elijah love when he was most down, and that was all it took for him to keep on going. We serve a pretty amazing God, who isn’t just this “thing” who sits “out there” telling us what to do, and not really caring about us. He loves us, and He doesn’t just love us, He takes the time to truly care about who we are and how we feel – on a daily, hourly, minute-ly basis. That’s pretty incredible!
Each day focuses on a different verse, a different story, a different experience. The author weaves stories from her life through the studies, and you come out at the end of 40 days really feeling like you know her (and her family!) personally.
I definitely recommend the book, and think it would be a great gift for others in your life that need a little bit of extra encouragement.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.