If you haven’t figured it out already, Christian parenting can be hard. There are days when you are sleep deprived or discouraged. At times, it can be hard to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in the parenting game.
You know the Bible has words of encouragement to help, but you don’t have the capacity for finding where they are. You can’t remember the ones you did know by heart. Frankly, at this point, you are lucky you remember your own name. (I was known during those early years for having accidentally signed my maiden name more than once when overtired!)
I was interested when offered the chance to review the book, The 100 Most Encouraging Verses of the Bible, by Troy Schmidt. Honestly, I was as much interested in this book for myself as I was for you. I hate to burst your bubble, but having a wonderful college aged daughter, does nothing to guarantee you life will no longer be exhausting or discouraging from time to time.
As you probably know by now, I am not the biggest fan of adult devotional books. Usually, they are just a little too dramatic for my tastes. I think though, I have finally found one that is the exception for me. I actually plan to keep and use this devotional book for myself!
As you would imagine, each entry begins with an encouraging verse (or two) of scripture. Many of them are verses you know by heart or have heard dozens of times. When you are exhausted though, it can be hard to pull from you brain the exact verse your soul needs at that moment.
What I actually loved about this book is that the entries after the scriptures don’t feel so overly dramatic. The author has found a way to be encouraging without an overabundance of flowery language. Yet the entries aren’t dry and boring either. To me, the author writes in the style I view my Christianity – practical and down-to-earth. The beauty of the Gospel and the Bible is how it can be simple and yet complex at the same time. While, I can’t give the author that much credit, he does walk that line very well.
If you want a pretty book with flowery writing, this may not be your best choice. If you want short, practical, meaningful devotionals to encourage you, I think you will love this book. You just can’t have my copy!
A copy of this book was given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. An affiliate link is included for your convenience.