Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Review: Be the Message Devotional

Title:  Be the Message Devotional
Subtitle:  A 30-Day Adventure in Changing the World Around You
Author:  Kerry and Chris Shook
Genre:  Devotional
Publisher:  WaterBrook Multnomah, an imprint of Crown Publishing Group
Number of Pages:  120
My Rating:  4 out of 5

I am an ardent fan of devotional books. Perhaps it's the fact that I can digest some theology and inspiration in bite-size pieces, thus accommodating my self-diagnosed adult-onset attention deficit, or perhaps it's because there just happen to be a wonderful variety of good, solid devotional books available to readers these days. Probably both.

Kerry and Chris Shook are the married founders of Woodlands Church near Houston, Texas, where Kerry is the pastor. He also offers a weekly televised broadcast to over two hundred countries and, with his wife, is the author of two additional books, One Month to Live and One Month to Love.

The back-of-the-book blurb states that "using scripture, illustrations, and practical action steps, the Be the Message Devotional can bring you to a deeper understanding of how your life can make a difference and be the gospel to the world." This excited me! Many devotionals enrich our personal and private lives, but leave us to determine how to put into practice what we learn. Sometimes that's hard to figure out. This book goes a step further and actually prompts you to get specific by making the thirty daily messages an interactive pursuit. This is not just a book to read; it is also a book to do.

Each day you are called to "open yourself to a dynamic encounter with God," "open God's Word to hear God's message," "open your mind to understand God's message then and now," "open your heart to the divine whisper," "open your life to God's transforming power," and "open your arms to a world that needs to receive God's incarnate message through you."

If you are looking for something different in a devotional and want to be challenged to put what you read into action in your life so that others are blessed and ministered to, give this book a try.

Disclaimer:  I received this book from for review.

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