Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Book review: Dwelling in His Presence

Since I've started reviewing books for NavPress, Cynthia Heald has quickly become one of my absolute favorite authors. So I was thrilled when I saw that she had a new devotional book out, Dwelling in His Presence.  This is a wonderful 30-day devotional book that is designed to help us all grow closer to God.

As Cynthia explains in the book's preface, this book explores 30 phrases spoken directly by either God the Father or Jesus.  She picked many scriptures and phrases that have played key roles in my life, so I really felt that this book was speaking directly to me.

The devotions are nicely laid out. First there's a short story or discussion from Cynthia, followed by a prompting to think about the scripture that the devotion is based on, and write about what it means to you. This is followed by a question that explores this idea more and then some ideas for individual prayer. After that there's a nice quote from a Christian author on the theme and a few words of prayer to close.

As much as I wish I had more time for devotions and Bible study, the truth is that I'm a crazy-busy mom of two little kids. So I love devotional books that get right to the heart of matters, that point me to the Scriptures and to prayer.  Cynthia Heald is truly gifted at finding the truth in a Bible verse and explaining it briefly and well. This is a great devotional for busy women- and I think most of us fall into that category!  If you need a new devotional book, I highly recommend checking this one out. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review 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.”