50 Devotions to Grow in Your Faith
YA Non-Fiction / Religious
ages 14 and up
This is one of many books in the Jesus Calling series, and while I haven't yet had the honor of diving into the rest of them, this read made me realize that I'll need to change that.
At fifty devotions, this books carries a wonderful length. Each devotion is relatively short (one or two paragraphs normally) and concentrates right where it wants to go. There's a heading before each one, which informs the reader what the topic will be. The devotions nestle in very closely with a Bible verse, which one is mentioned at the end of the reflection. On the page opposite to the devotion are gentle screening of leaves in various pastel shades behind a quoted Bible verse which relates to the one in the devotion.
The author makes a note at the beginning of the book in which she explains how each devotion is set up—Jesus speaking to the reader where 'I' is Jesus and 'you' is the reader. She explains that the verses being reflected on are either rephrased or taken directly. While this sounds a little odd at first, it becomes clear from even the very first devotion, that the author has found a way to create a strong way to connect the reader to each verse. The thoughts reflect exactly those which many readers of the intended age group have, the problems they face, and the concerns which trouble them. It's personal without being preachy and offers, above all, a sense of hope, comfort, and not being alone.
I received a copy through Booklookbloggers.com.