Yep, it’s true. I cannot resist starting a new devotional, though finishing them has presented some issues.
This summer, I purchased She Reads Truth’s 1 & 2 Corinthians study for my whole family. Did we finish? Nope. I have no doubt that I will finish. Personally, I bit off more than I could chew around that time. I was copying and studying Matthew, starting a self-paced online theology course, and was doing the study. I was a little taken aback by the price of the She Reads Truth study materials in light of what I actually received. It’s a pretty book of Bible verses with some extras like recipes and a few notes and study pages in the back. I think I just expected more heft. I can read my Bible just fine without the verses in a specially formatted (and very pretty) study book.
Awaken, by Priscilla Shirer is my newest purchase. I enjoyed Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan to Serious, Specific, and Strategic Prayer. I’ve read and re-read that one, so I figured Awaken would be a great way to go. I should also note here, since these are turning into mini reviews, that I do recommend the deluxe editions of both these books. They are Leathertouch, which is wonderful to hold and very durable. The paper is great and a pleasure to write on. Admittedly, I haven’t gotten far into this one yet, but it’s a workbook style, and I love being able to write on each day’s devotional message.
Finally, given some recent life circumstances, I’ve picked up Arabah Joy’s 40 Days of Praying the Promises for Our Children. This is an inexpensive kit ($5, downloadable) that is exactly what it says…praying God’s promises over our children. The specific circumstance that led me to this challenge was my son starting back to school. He is an ADHD kiddo, and I worry about him constantly. He also has a brand-new-just-out-of-college teacher this year, and I am doing a lot of praying over both of them. This program came along at just the right time for us, and I’m fully devoted to it. Do I agree with Arabah Joy on everything? No. I feel like, theologically, that goes without saying for me + a lot of the Christian community, but it’s meeting a specific need right now.
These are the three most recent for me. Have you read or tried any of these? What are your favorite devotionals?