Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Review - God's Love Letters to You – Dr. Larry Crabb

This book is a 40-Day Devotional Experience. It is a companion to another book by Dr. Larry Crabb, 66 Love Letters. The devotional uses 40 different books from the Bible. Each day begins with a devotional title relating to the book of the Bible being referenced. A scripture is printed and then a “letter” written as though God is speaking to the reader is presented followed by 3 questions and a follow up prayer.

A simple devotion with a powerful impact. If I had to give a one sentence review, that would be it. Each day there was something worthwhile in either the letter, the scripture, the questions or the prayer that resonated with me and what I was experiencing at that point. Sometimes I felt like I would have understood and took away more from the questions if I had the 66 Love Letters companion book on hand. I felt like the questions were disconnected a bit from the letter and hope that perhaps a recommendation that the reader using this devotional takes the time to read the 66 Love Letters book, which I have not read, will bring some clarity.

Overall, I have taken 3 major things from reading this devotional:
1. I have gotten back into the habit of reading messages from God through non-fiction Christian writings each day. I hope to continue this as I have other devotional books that I haven't read yet and am eager to have a daily reading.
2. God is with me every day, no matter what. I had some ups and downs through the 40 days, really, who doesn't have some ups and downs in any given 40 day period. I felt that the letters each day gave me something tangible to take away and told me that I was not alone and that God was on my side cheering for His victory to be found through me.
3. When reading non-fiction Christian writings, I don't have to agree 100% with every written letter, but I do have to open myself to God and He will show me what I need to hear.

I would recommend this to any man/woman looking to further their faith walk through a daily devotional experience. I would caution that you may get more from the experience by reading the 66 Love Letters book in addition to the devotional.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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