Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Voices of the Faithful - Book 2 Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World By Beth Moore, Kim P. Davis, International Mission Board

Not blogging much recently, I have been reading - and working - quite busily. This is a review I wrote for Booksneeze.

This book serves as a daily devotional, with selected Bible readings, prayers, and a reflection for each day – a page for each date on the calendar. The reflections, however, come from missionaries serving all over the world. The topics give insight into their lives and inspiration for daily living.
The snippets I had previewed were interesting and challenging, so I was a little disappointed with the first few days and weeks, particularly as I ‘read forward’ – some of the daily entries just didn’t ‘connect’ with me. However, as I persevered  with the daily readings, sticking religiously to the dates, I found the Scriptures, prayers and stories of encounters with God and his people remarkably applicable. Each day began to bring fresh insight into my own life and I started to read with interest, eager to find God’s messages to me.
This book is by no means any kind of serious Bible study, but it does offer, through its readable, well-structured format, encouragement for daily living. It gives us the opportunity to widen our horizons as we consider the practical living out of the gospel around the world. In fact, the lives of the missionaries themselves are inspiring as we read between the lines and appreciate their eagerness to forget themselves in their dedication to Jesus.
The only disadvantage to this collection of devotional readings is that, as a paperback, it is quite large. I prefer pocket-sized versions so find that this is a ‘bed-side’ book rather than being one which I can carry about with me.  I was given the book (see below) and might not have bought it had I picked it up in a bookshop.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://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 

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