I have been actively looking for a good daily devotional reader for the past few months. I was more than a little excited to be able to review the new Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions by Aaron Tabor MD for Hachette Book Group.
This book of devotions is a small size hardcover book with a very nice in place ribbon bookmark to keep your spot as you move through the daily readings. Each reading starts with a scripture reading and then a short devotion reflecting on the reading. The devotion ends with a way to connect with the JesusDaily.com community to pray or reflect with a wider community. The pages are thick and glossy and this is definitely a keeper of a book and one that would travel well with you.
I have been reading the daily devotions the past couple of weeks. I have found them to be inspirational and a great opportunity to take time out of my busy day to spend a moment in prayerful devotion. I have particularly enjoyed the December readings thus far as they have been devoted to the start of the Christmas story with Mary being visited by the angel and her being willing to say “Yes” to God’s plan. It’s a perfect way to really get into the true meaning of the Christmas season. I have enjoyed reading them on my own, but also sharing them with my family as well.
Jesus Daily is a wonderful devotional and one that I am going to enjoy reading for years to come. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a devotional or for someone to give as a gift to a good friend or loved one.
Jesus Daily encourages personal growth and putting your faith into action. With this in mind, Hachette Book Group sent along a copy for me to share with a family member or friend. I chose to send it to my best friend Jenn. I am Catholic and Jenn is Methodist, but we are both Christian and enjoy the devotional. Jenn says, Jesus Daily is “a daily reminder of why I believe and that no matter what God has our back.” She is also says “it is the right length for a busy person to find useful and uplifting in its reminders that we are not alone facing our daily stresses.” I agree!
If you would like to purchase Jesus Daily, it is available from a variety of retailers including:
Mary was a young, inexperienced girl, and as the angel described
what her son’s purpose would be as the Son of the Most High
and the great mission being entrusted to her, it must have fright-ened her. She probably did not know what her son’s “reign” would look like. No doubt she could look ahead and see the lack of under-standing, hurt, and ridicule that awaited her. She would have to tell Joseph, her fiancé, and he would surely reject her and send her away.
The future did not look good.
So, with surprise, we read her response. “I am the Lord’s servant. Let this happen to me as you say!” Mary, obviously, could see something more. She had a glimpse of the Bigger Picture. She was prepared to say yes to this task. She had been listening to God’s voice and knew how to recognize it. Therefore, when she heard him say something that didn’t quite make sense, she was ready to obey because she knew it was from God. Her deepest desire was to do his will.
What is your deepest desire? Can you say yes to God no matter what he asks?
Hachette Book Group also has generously agreed to give one lucky winner a copy of Jesus Daily as well as a t-shirt. If you would like to win Jesus Daily, please leave a comment on why it sounds interesting or on your favorite scripture reading.
As part of your comment, you must include an email address. If I can't find a way to contact you I will draw another winner.
For an additional entry, blog about this giveaway or post it on your sidebar. Provide a link to this post in your comment.
I will be using random.org (or a Monte Carlo simulation in excel) to pick the winners from the comments.
This contest is only open to US residents (Sorry!).
No P.O. Boxes.
The deadline for entry is midnight on Friday December 19th.
Please make sure to check the week of Christmas to see if you are a winner. I send emails to the winner, but lately I've been put in their "junk mail" folder instead of their inbox.