This is a great devotional
This is a great devotional that helps you reflect on your daily walk with God.
I credit my mother for instilling the discipline of daily devotions. I first remember her giving me Streams in the Desert, by Mrs. Charles Cowman, when I was just a girl. It was her way of teaching me the importance of daily time with Jesus.
By now, my collection of devotional books has grown by stacks.
The opportunity to review Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks, by Priscilla Shirer, was a no-brainer for me. I’ve participated in Ms. Shirer’s Bible studies a number of times and always enjoy the journey of her teaching. Awaken is her first devotional book, and it is a gem.
Priscilla Shirer is a Bible scholar who writes with the authority of one who knows the Author and His works. Awaken affirms that God wants to speak to us as individuals. Without dated pages, one can begin this book anytime and pick it up again when the schedule permits. No guilt if you miss a day. Just continue to the next entry.
But don’t wait too long to read another daily devotional because this is good stuff. For each day Ms. Shirer gives a short Bible illustration, coupled with her own experiences, then re-enforces both with Scripture verses.
Finally, she asks a question to help the reader make application to his/her life. The questions are thoughtful and thought-provoking. A blank page gives plenty of room to journal one’s thoughts.
It is in the writing that I often understand more clearly what I’ve read and how it pertains to and connects with me. Thus, I am able to hear from the God who speaks. Because He does want to speak to me.
This is a great book for teens or adults. Someone on your Christmas list might need Awaken: 90 Days with the God Who Speaks to help her start the day with Jesus. (You are already thinking about Christmas, aren’t you?)
A day without the Word and listening for God’s voice is not the way to start a good day. Just sayin’.
As a busy mom of 2, it can be difficult to find time to spend with the Lord. And when I do have the time, it can be hard to decide what to read, and how to spend my time. Do I just dive right into the Bible? Never a bad idea, but sometimes it’s easier to have some structure. Something to read to go along with a passage of scripture to help you delve deeper into what God is trying to say through His Word. No devotional is perfect, or is as close to the words and whispers of God as the actual Bible, but to me, the right kind of devotional book keeps me on track and helps make the Bible relatable and more easily applicable to my life.
And Awaken does just that. I have been a Priscilla Shirer fan for a while, and War Room is one of my all time favorite movies. I love just about anything she writes, and this devotional does not disappoint.
For 90 days, Priscilla will walk you into the presence of God, kneel with you at His feet, and allow His word to penetrate even the deepest recesses of your heart. Each daily devotional, or as she calls them, “devotional entrees,” are about 2 pages long, starting and ending with passages of scripture. You’ll read about Priscilla’s life, her walk with the Lord, and how she was encouraged [and discouraged] along the way. Then there are 2 pages for you to answer a question pertaining to that devotional, or simply to journal out a prayer to the Lord.
Seriously, if you’re looking for a devotional that will be easy and enjoyable to read, that will bring you into the heart of God, and into His word, this is the one to read. It’s fabulous!
Choosing is different than choosing a book to read. This kind of reading is not for reading enjoyment or pleasure, it’s for listening to hear from God, something to pray over.
Once again choosing a devotional is a personal thing, and I believe that this one is a front-runner. We all know Priscilla Shrirer through her Bible studies and her role in War Room.
This devotional will be a disappointment. I was thrilled with this devotional. Priscilla sits you down over 60 days and helps you meditate on a verse and she really makes you reflect about what was read. She has a unique way of explaining and illustrating the verse so you can absolutely understand what is written and how it applies to your life. You can really hear what God wants you to hear. I also love that Priscilla encourages you to journal and put your own thoughts down at the end of every devotional.
These devotionals, will encourage you, challenge you and transform you.
My favorite one, and the one that spoke to me was on day 60, Quiet but not so quiet. This encouraged me to sit down and find time with God no matter what circumstances are going on around me.
Highly recommended, well written and easy to read, this is one book that will always be open and read on my desk.
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I tend to like in depth Bible study so I don’t do many daily devotional type of books. But I have done several of Priscilla’s Bible studies and decided that I’d give this one a try. So glad that I did. I know it’s cliche to say that I was hooked from the beginning, but I was. The very first daily devotion is still resonating with me weeks later.
The set-up of the book is simple. There are ninety different devotions that start with a small portion of scripture and then follow with thoughts by Priscilla. Then there are questions to contemplate and and area to journal your thoughts if you desire.
As I said earlier I’m not usually drawn to this type of reading but I liked Priscilla’s style in this. She presented each day’s reading in a way that made you contemplate what it means in your life. The stories are hers but the situations are common to women so it was very easy to relate to the readings.
I thought that this would be a great morning and evening reading. It would also make a great gift to a friend. I thought it would be especially nice for that young mother that doesn’t have gobs of time to do in depth Bible study but desires to stay in the Word amid the chaos of raising young children. Whether you decide to give it as a gift or use it yourself, I’m pretty sure that you won’t be disappointed.