I write today's review with a bit of a heavy heart...I was hoping to be able to offer you the perfect companion to your consistent Bible reading, but I think I may just have to issue a warning. This volume of devotions by Nancy Guthrie was very promising. It's beautiful, it's compact, and after having been challenged and encouraged by several of her books, I thought that Abundant Life In Jesus: Devotions For Every Day Of The Year would be something special.
Guthrie loves God and His Word. Her compilations of sermons designed for Advent and Lent have been a big part of my life for several years. This review isn't all sunshine and roses, but I do not want to blemish her name.
Then I got to the part where she explained her choice to write the devotions as if God was the one speaking. This is where the book becomes too similar to "Jesus Calling" and steps too far away from "My Utmost For His Highest" for my comfort. She makes it clear that these are all HER words and DO NOT come from God, but again, the style just isn't something that I'm comfortable with.
As you seek to behold God, tools like these can be helpful, but this is one that I cannot recommend. Keep your eyes out for Guthrie's Advent and Lent books and maybe even her future projects. In the meantime, pay careful attention to what tools you use alongside your Bible reading.
Do you have a favorite daily devotional?
Have you been encouraged or challenged by Nancy Guthrie before?