Friday, October 11, 2013

40 Days of Grace

Title:  40 Days of Grace (Discovering God’s Liberating Love)
Author:  Rich Miller
Pages:  256
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Monarch
“For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.” (John 1: 17 NASB)
As the title suggests, this is a 40-day devotional written with a heart of understanding with splashes of laughter along the way.  There are moments of serious contemplation of the choice to change our walk in the spiritual terra firma.  God didn’t make robots; He offers us choice just as He did to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden so long ago.  Let’s just face it; none of us likes change even if it produces a deeper walk with God.  Change is never easy and frankly sometimes it is downright painful, especially when those around us may not want us to do anything different.  Change is costly and it may cost us friends and family relationships, because as we change it sometimes causes others to see what they would rather not and vice versa.  Change can bring a freedom we haven’t known before, and a closeness to God our souls have long desired.
Some of what I stated above is really from personal experience as I don’t want to review this devotional with you without being real.  Each day the reader will be introduced to stories woven from the author’s experience along with those of Scripture.  Then, there are thoughts to ponder, questions that lead to examining ourselves, and a prayer.  All human beings desire to be loved, noticed and considered valuable or the apple of someone’s eye that trumps everything else.  Here is a devotional that lets us know He does cherish us, love us, and we are the apple of His eye.  We don’t have to understand those truths to believe them.  We exercise our faith muscles here because we know God cannot lie.
One thought directly from the book I would like to share with you from page 13, “You will find quite a few forks in the road as you travel.  The best path to take is not always easy, but it is wise.”  Jesus’ life, death and resurrection showed us just how true that statement is.  It wasn’t easy for Him, but He chose it not for Himself, but for you and me.  He came for us; He will return for us again.  Only our fleshly nature demands things to be easy.  That is why our spirit and flesh are always fighting.  Walking closely with God is something God wants for us.  We have to choose whether to walk with Him or not.  Do we really want an easy way to living for God?  Yes, we do.  Is the easy way real or satisfying?  No!  I personally never want to stop growing closer to Him until my last breath.  What about you?
My rating is 4 stars.
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