Monday, April 2, 2018

Embraced....a devotional

Lysa TerKeurst is a fairly well-known Bible teacher and author. So usually when she puts out new material, I am often interested. This material is a new devotional, completely undated with 100 devotions.

Lysa walks us through 4 sections (Embracing the Pursuit of Him and His Direction; Embracing the Fullness Found only in Him; Embracing Him in the Midst of Hurt and Heartbreak; and Embracing His Call to be Transformed) of devotions meant to help readers feel completely embraced by God. 

In her unique writing style, Lysa shares snippets of her life and what she's been through that makes this devotional so special. If you follow her on social media, then you may be aware of the health battles she's been through. 

There's a topical index in the back, so if you're looking for some encouragement on a specific topic you can indeed find it quicker than shuffling through the entire book. Some topics you will find are parenting (Lysa has FIVE children, majority of them adults), marriage (she's recently divorced after 25 years of marriage, so she understands the ups and downs of married life), personal identity, decision-making, as well as some of life's other sticky moments. 

Each devotional starts with Scripture and then flows into her sharing the devotional itself, often weaving bits of her life into the message for the day. Each day's devotional ends with a prayer. These aren't short devotionals either, each one being about 2-3 pages long. Here's  an excerpt (the entirety of the first devotional):

I am apt to give this devotional a good thumb of recommendation, its good authentic content. Just remember what type of devotional you like. If you want one more focused on the Lord and less personal testimony then you may want to look into a different devotional. This one has LOTS of personal testimony found in each day's devotion.

{FYI: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

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