I get asked often about recommendations for my favorite devotional books.
Here you go – today’s #shareitsaturday post on my favorites and why I love them.
I love Jesus Calling because it is a short daily reading that always seems to speak to something I’m going through. Sarah Young uses scripture and creates readings that are from the perspective of Jesus speaking to you. Clarification: I have looked into Sarah’s perspective and she DID NOT intend for this to be the words of Jesus or an addition to the Bible (some people have criticized her for this – I don’t agree with them). This style reminds me of learning to pray the scriptures. I believe God wants us to use His word to spark conversations with Him. This book does that for me.
Streams in the Desert has been one of my classic favorite devotionals since college. A friend shared in one of my classes using this devotional one day and I was hooked. This particular version above is updated in today’s language and is a lot easier to read than the original publication from 1925. Themes throughout the book include walking through trials, waiting, difficult times and trusting God. I love love love this devotional!
Okay y’all. I saved my favorite for last. This devotional is one I could read OVER AND OVER AND OVER. I believe prayer is one of the most powerful and most under-used tools God has given for our world today. Mark Batterson challenges us to change the way we think and do prayer. You will absolutely be inspired to draw closer to God when reading this 40 day devotional. I would highly encourage you to grab a few friends and do this challenge together. If you can’t find anyone – tell me! I’ll join you anytime.
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