Encouragement for Today by Renee Swope, Lysa Terkeurst, Samantha Evilsizer and the Proverbs 31 Team has been a great way to begin my day. I agree with the subtitle … these are devotions for everyday living. I enjoy starting my day with a cup of tea, my Bible, and a devotion before heading off to work to face the day. Not all devotionals are created equal. Some can be too long, or too academic, or not relatable. In the case of Encouragement for Today, I found each devotion to be just about the right length, plus I could relate to the topics.
Each daily devotion ends with a challenge to remember, reflect, and respond. It also lists power verses for those readers who want to delve more deeply into the devotional text as time or interest allows. Since it includes these additional power verses, I think this devotional could also being used for a more in depth Bible study. You can expand the way it's used or simply use it for a quick read as you head out the door. A great way to customize it day to day.
I also enjoy the fact that different writers contribute to the devotional; it adds a variety of styles that I find refreshing. In today’s world where there are so many devotional books to choose from, I would definitely place this one near the top of the list.
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