As a member of Thomas Nelson’s Book Review Blogger program http://brb.thomasnelson.com/ I had the opportunity to review Sara Young’s unique devotional gift book. What makes this book of devotions stand apart from the traditional devotional genre is that the passages are written from the first person point of view of Jesus. It is presented as if Jesus is actually speaking to the reader! There is a devotion for each day of the year. Furthermore, each page has two or three biblical references to supplement the specific devotion. Essentially, each day’s devotional is an application of biblical principals to real life situations and emotions that we may encounter in our daily lives.
This simple to read devotional book is a good way to jump start your prayer life or devotion time. Written in an encouraging and motivational voice, biblical ideas are simplified to an easily digestible form- perfect for the new believer or for those with extra busy lifestyles. Nevertheless, it should not take the place of daily bible reading. It is reminiscent of a self help book. In some instances the superficial interpretations of scripture may be limiting to those interested in serious biblical study. For example the April 30 devotion which makes reference to James 1:2 and 2Cor12:9 oversimplifies “need” as physical or material rather than also considering spiritual trials and humility as the scripture also implies. This is fine, but keep in mind the reader should take the initiative to explore the deeper meaning of each scripture that is provided. I would recommend this devotional book for those who wish to have a quick and uplifting daily resource, but not for those interested in more intense biblical insight.