Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Book Review: The Story: 365 Devotions from Zondervan

"The Story" is described as book of 365 Devotions, but there are actually 366 devotions in this book (the extra devotion is a bonus, at least it is for me). The devotions do not have dates on them, so it can be started at any time of the year. It numbers the devotions from 1 to 366, has a title for each devotion, a main Scripture verse for each devotion, contains an encouraging devotion related to Scripture, and gives readers something to think about in closing each devotion, which sometimes include how you might want to pray, an insight, or words of encouragement.  The Scripture verses are in order as they appear in most Bibles, with the exception of at least one main verse I remember reading that I think was included to help with the topic of other another Scripture like it on another day. There is an appendix in the back of the book to go deeper into "The Story", and a notes section that highlights important notes throughout the book.

I like the format of this devotion book because of its orderly fashion with the Scriptures. The Scriptures written out often did not give the whole amount of passages for the verses given, so that was an encouragement for me to look up the whole section of Scripture and sometimes what was around it in my Bible. It also showed me in a different way than I already knew that the Old Testament is much larger than the New Testament because there were more devotions that applied to the Old Testament; only a little over one hundred and twenty of them come from the New Testament.

What personally got the most of my attention in this devotion book was learning that Paul and Silas sang hymns (based on Acts 16:25), which I had mostly given up on in the past and replaced it with more modern songs. I have had the hymns back in my life for a short amount of time but still find myself enjoying more modern songs that apply to the ancient Scriptures sometimes also. So I am glad for learning about a verse that applies to people in the ancient days singing hymns.

This is definitely a type of devotion that can be started at any time of the year. If you need to skip a day or want to read more than one devotion a day you can just pick up where you left off.

My review = 5 out of 5 stars

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this Bible free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers (http://booklookbloggers.com) book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


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