25,000 Mornings: A ReviewWednesday, January 08, 2014
A new year is the perfect time to find a new daily devotional, right? I mean we are trying to start over and make the new year better, even if we aren't into resolutions necessarily. 25,000 Mornings: Ancient Wisdom for a Modern Life is a devotional book that promises to be filled with Biblical wisdom in small bite-sizes that will get your days going well.
In 25,000 Mornings, the award-winning author of Keepers of the Testimony and Smooth Stones & Promises serves up daily portions of ancient wisdom.
In her first devotional, Fay Rowe writes for both the young and young-at-heart on varied subjects such as:
• Starting Out and Starting Over
• Believing Words
• Resting on the Rock
• Talking to God
• Never Giving Up
• Being Yourself and Living with People
• Clocks and Calendars
So I gave it a chance.
25,000 Mornings lived up to it's promise of being quick - these devotionals are super short and quick to read. I also appreciated Rowe's introduction and decision on the title. Since we only have so many mornings in our lives, and mornings can set the tone for the whole day, it is imperative that we start them off well.
"If every new morning truly is from Him, filled with His mercy and loving kindness, then deciding to enjoy each one sounds like wisdom to me." ~ Fay RoweThe overall format of each devotional reminded me of those daily tear-off desk calendars - you know, where there are little bits of information, a quote or a fun picture for every day of the year? They were that quick, and that short.
Another good part of this devotional is that each one isn't numbered or dated. So you can start this devotional whenever you want, and never feel like you're slacking off as you go through it at your own pace.
I would say this would be a nice addition to a daily study or quiet time but for busy moms (which I am) this is just another bullet point on my list of to-dos every day. This is no way can be used in place of Bible reading, as there is only one, maybe two scriptures listed at the end of each devotional. Rowe doesn't use the verse to do anything besides her personal starting point for her personal thoughts and "wisdom".
Personally, though, this book just didn't live up to my expectations. There simply wasn't enough to grab a hold of in the devotions for me. Almost all of the devotions consist purely of Rowe's personal experiences and thoughts, and hardly any scripture to feed from. And another issue, that I often have, was that this book felt rushed. It seemed that Rowe was hurried to get each devotion written for the publisher and as a result there were sentences that just didn't make sense and were missing articles. For me personally these are mistakes that are not excusable for published books.
Don't get me wrong, if you are looking for a quick little devotional to add to your day, this could be perfect for you. But if you are thinking of getting some serious wisdom from this, or even real good Biblical insight, I'd pass on this one.
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Are you into reading devotionals? Do you see devotionals as simply another thing that you have to get done every day? Let me know!
**I was given a copy of this book to review by BookSneeze, but all opinions are 100% my own.
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