Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Whispers of Hope (10 weeks of Devotional Prayer) by Beth Moore

Let me start with sharing that this devotional is so inviting. The cover is absolutely beautiful. It has the feel of a book you just never tire of holding in your hands. A ten week prayer guide. Seventy devotionals that bring us to prayer. 

Everyone knows that I just love devotionals. I too love Beth Moore. So, I was tickled giddy when I knew I was about to receive another of her books. I just finished reading, "Jesus the One and Only", which is spectacularly beautiful in every way possible. When this new devotional, "Whispers of Hope", came I was drawn in by the cover. Once I opened the pages it was obvious this devotional was unlike any that I have previously read. 

Each devotional begins with a scripture and a scripture reading for deeper study. Beth shares her devotional and in closing are six powerful tools for growing in prayer. Praise, Repentance, Acknowledgement, Intercession, Supplication for Self, and Equipping.  It is in this section that we are brought to ponder all we have just read. With pen in hand and an open heart I begin to write out my prayer of praise and go through each segment. 

Beth uses scripture that I usually don't see in devotionals. Let me give you a few examples. 

"You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)

"Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.'" (Genesis 11:4)

"Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity." (Nehemiah 4:4)

"He is persevered because he saw him who is invisible." (Hebrews 11:27) 

Beth's methods are so easy to grasp. Each and every devotional applied to my life in one way or another. She teaches us to understand the Word. She brings a devotional that she has taken from the Word of God and prompts us to ponder. I must tell you that I sat in amazement as I read her words. I always learn something new. My eyes are opened in a new way and I am able to understand the Word of God like never before. 

Something I love is the way Beth gives us the meaning of words that many times we just pass over. Once we truly understand the meaning we have a deeper understanding of the Word. She is encouraging us to a life of prayer by simply inspiring us to dig deep into the Word of God. 

I love Beth's teaching. I enjoy how she has us picture a scene. She brings her own wonderment of the Word to the pages and we are there together seeking Christ on a whole new level. Through this devotional it has brought me to have conversation with the Lord and that is prayer! 

Yes, this is one of the most amazing devotionals. Partly because it's unlike any other. It is a ten week study. Seventy devotionals. It is a devotional that you can spend time with each morning and literally ponder all day, which brings us to prayer. 

This devotional by Beth Moore was a gift from B&H Publishing Group for sharing my review with you. 

Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States. A dedicated wife and mother of two adult daughters, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she is president and founder of Live Proof Ministries. 


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