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This Devotional is Amazing and Worth Every Penny!
Reviewed in the United States on October 11, 2017
About a year ago, I purchased my first devotional because I wanted to build my relationship with God and I thought devotionals were a good way to start. I really enjoyed the ones I purchased then and came across this one a couple months ago when I started searching for other ones. I hadn't read anything by Joyce Meyer but had heard enough good things about her books so I decided to give it a chance.
This devotional is perfect for the individual who wants to develop a deeper relationship with God by gradually trusting Him. Many times we think we know what's best but that isn't always the case (at least this is true for me). I have some areas in my life where I can't handle them alone so I decided to turn to God with them for some help. I've only had this devotional for a month and a half and it's helping me a lot already! I love how a lot of these devotionals are made for busy people who only have a few minutes to read one of these every day and that's enough to read them.
The devotions are dated so I just started with the date when I got this in the mail. There are 365 devotions and it would be nice if there was a devotion for February 29th but you could remedy that by rereading a previous devotion or skipping ahead to a random one. Each day starts with a theme and a Bible verse that pertains to the devotion's theme, most of which are taken from The Amplified Bible, unless otherwise noted. Then the bulk of the devotion is Joyce's thoughts and evidence taken from the Bible about how we could change our attitude about casting our cares (October 9th), being a blessing to others (October 6th), and handling whatever life hands us (August 24th), just to name a few. Some of it is her life experience which really helps to put the devotion into perspective. Finally, the devotion ends with a "Trust in Him" section which gives some questions or statements to think about. I'd say each devotion takes no longer than two or three minutes to read, especially if you read it at a slower pace to digest it more.
I purchased the hardcover edition since I like the idea of holding my devotionals. This one is beautiful and has a yellow rose set against a green weathered, hardwood backdrop. It has 437 pages and the book measures 5 1/4 inches by 7 1/4 inches by 1 3/8 inches. It's a good size so you can stick it in your purse, backpack, briefcase, or other piece of luggage. It isn't gender-specific like some devotionals so I feel both men and women could enjoy this devotional.
I love how the devotions are always what I need to hear that day and it's always something I can work on. Optimally, I like to read this right when I wake up, before the chaos of the morning starts so I have time to think about what I've read. There have been times when I haven't gotten to read it until the afternoon and I'm agitated and a bit more irritable than usual so I strive to read it early in the morning. For me, this is a great mood-booster and it's helping me trust God more. I've only had it for a month and a half but I love it already and feel it's helping me a lot. I purchased a couple other devotionals by Joyce Meyer but this is the one I keep coming back to. I was excited enough to get it that I ordered one for my sister and she loves it too! If you are a busy person who wants to start (or continue) trusting God more and you want to read a daily devotional, this is a great option. It also makes a great gift and I highly recommend it!