While reading the Word of God is a way to gain strength and encouragement, reading the Bible isn’t the only way to encourage oneself. Devotional books offer a great way to combine Scripture and an author’s insight in a manner that can cater towards a certain demographic.
While there are many devotional books in the marketplace, there are some that stand out among the pack.
Tending the Soul: 90 Days of Spiritual Nourishment by Anita Lustrea, Melinda Schmidt and Lori Neff is the second devotional book brought forth by the women of the Midday Connection, a popular Christian radio program geared toward encouraging women. The three hosts of the radio program came together to collaborate with prominent authors and artists to create a devotional to uplift and encourage women through Scripture, personal prayer and application questions. Perfect for the single woman or spouse, this devotional focuses words of inspiration and the struggles women face in their daily lives.
Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids by Sarah Young is a book based on the original bestselling devotional, Jesus Calling. Taking everything that was loved from the original; this book is geared towards children. Spoken from the point of view of Jesus, the words help to inspire young readers to develop their spirituality and inspire them well into adulthood.
The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss is yet another book written from this bestselling author. Nancy Leigh DeMoss is a host for two separate Christian radio shows, a frequent speaker for women’s conferences throughout the nation, has served on staff for Life Action Ministries and has become a beacon for many women through her uplifting inspirational devotional material. This book is a compilation derived from some of her other books, as well as from her radio programs. Many think of it as the “Best Of” when it comes to inspirational material offered by Nancy Leigh DeMoss geared towards women, both single and married.
Experiencing God Day By Day by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby is a devotional reader that provides insight for every day of the year. Son of Henry Blackaby, Richard is president of Blackaby Ministries International. Henry is the founder of Blackaby Ministries International. The wealth of information the two of these writers offer up in this highly inspirational devotional lends itself to interpretation by those single, married, with or without children.
Pathways to His Presence: A Daily Devotional by Charles F. Stanley is more than just a devotional read to provide an uplifted spirit. The book leads readers through a spiritual pathway to have a better understanding of God’s will. This daily devotional offers spiritual guidelines to live by in a way and a practical way of life in these modern times. Not only will this devotional help readers get through difficult times, but it will also help you navigate your way through life’s daily ups and downs.
Night Light: A Devotional for Couples by James C. Dobson and Shirley Dobson is written specifically for couples. It’s great for both newlyweds and experienced couples with numerous anniversaries under their belts. The authors offer insight gleaned from their own experience as a happily married couple and through Scripture. There are inspirational stories, questions to provoke communication as a couple and anecdotes to encourage a closer bond.
No two devotional books are alike. Whether it’s a devotional book that is written in a manner to be understood by a younger reader, one geared towards helping couples or even a book that addresses women’s issues, there’s something out there for everyone. Whether you’re choosing a book that will fit your own needs or looking for a gift for a loved ones, make sure to check out some of the best devotional books out on the market and enrich yourselves through the Word of the Lord.