Tuesday, March 26, 2013

NIV Real Life Devotional for Women by Lysa Terkeurst

I have Bibles in every corner of my house. I love Bibles of all kinds. Since I review books, I don't have to purchase many Bibles, but when I saw that Lysa Terkeurst was coming out with this new Bible I pre-ordered it from Amazon. I was excited for it to arrive. I adore Lysa Terkeurst. She is such a gifted writer and can share many issues with women because she understands. She has been there with us.

I have to share that I had just finished reading, Lysa's new book, "Unglued", and I too read the devotional that goes along with it. So, when I seen this Bible listed under Lysa's name, I just assumed the devotionals were written by her. If you haven't read Lysa's books, ladies, run out and grab them up. They are just amazing in every way. I can say they are life changing.

My Bible arrived last week and I have been reading through the devotionals. There are 366 devotionals in order by day 1, day 2 and so on. Something that I didn't catch when ordering was the fact that these devotionals are written not just by Lysa, but by the Proverbs 31 Ministry ladies. I too adore these women. They write with such passion and purpose. My walk with the Lord has been strengthened by these amazing ladies.

This Bible is gorgeous. The cover is spectacular and most of all it's inviting. In the back of the Bible you will find a list of all the women who participated in writing devotionals and those they have penned are found listed under their name. It's a great size for a Bible and the inside detail is very pretty.

Now, with all that said, I am a little disappointed. I know, you didn't want to hear that. But I was so over the top excited to get this one, it was kind of a let down. Maybe I was just expecting more. I would have loved having this Bible when my babies were still at home. It would have provided me with great insight and words of comfort and peace.

The devotions are well written and touch base in many areas, but they are short devotions. Most are a short four or five paragraphs. About the time I was just getting into the devotion it was over. All the devotions have a key scripture verse that goes along with the devotional. Each devotion shares a few extra verses to explore if you choose.

I think all women can relate to these devotionals on some level. There is something here for everyone. There is a blend of topics for the young mother, the stay at home mom, the working mom, the wife, and the friend. They take us through all sorts of circumstances and give wisdom on how to handle such situations. They touch on struggles, marriage, forgiveness, hope, mercy, obedience and many more.

In all I think this is a nice devotional. It's one I will continue to read through daily.

Lysa TerKeurst is a New York Times bestselling author and national speaker who helps everyday women live an adventure of faith. She is the president of Proverbs 31 Ministries, author of 15 books, and encourages nearly 500,000 women worldwide through a daily online devotional. Her remarkable life story has captured audiences across America, including appearances on Oprah and Good Morning America. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and five children.


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