Sunday, December 8, 2013

Devotions from the Torah {review and giveaway}


I've been working through the first book in a new devotional series, Devotions from the TorahDevotions from Genesis by Nicole Love Halbrooks Vaughn has been fascinating.  I also have her second book, Devotions from Exodus Part One, but I haven't done much more than look at it.

About Devotions from Genesis:
See for yourself how Genesis, the book of beginnings, is not just ancient history and that the Word of God is still alive and timeless.  Nicole Vaughn's Devotions from Genesis will take you on a journey from the Garden of Eden to the courts of Pharaoh in Egypt, allowing you to see your own hurts, struggles, and joys through the lives of patriarchs from Adam to Joseph.  You will gain insight into your heart and more importantly, insight into the very heart of God. One day at a time, you will be reminded that you are not alone.
About the books:  these books are set up with the idea that you read a chapter from the Bible, and then do the next devotional portion.  Each section starts off with a scripture quote, then a few paragraphs from the author, and finally a prayer.

My thoughts:  I've really enjoyed what Nicole has to say.  The very first one talked about the Hebrew meanings of many of the verbs - moving, said, saw, separated.


This appealed to my inner etymologist.

Other days don't necessarily get so deep into the meanings of words, but some do.  And so much of it made me think and ponder.  A couple readings later, there is a discussion of the creation of Eve, with this statement, "The man was given responsibility over his woman, not dominion." (italics in original)

I like that.

The prayers to close out each section are wonderful.  In so many of these devotional books, I skip over the prayers because they just sound so forced, or sanctimonious, or something.  These felt oh so very real.  An early one, after The Fall, reads -
Oh Father, That I would never forget your great love for me, nor the open arms you hold out to me.  I fail; even as your Holy Spirit-filled child, I fail.  I still stumble, and sometimes I have eyes that don't see and ears that don't hear and a mind that's been deceived, but still I am yours...
It goes on for a couple more sentences, and maybe it just felt oh-so-real because I had had one of those total failure days.  But something about the prayers makes me feel like Nicole is speaking truth about herself, and truth about me too.


I get to give away both Devotions from Genesis and Devotions from Exodus Part One!  This is the pdf version, and it these are really nice books!  These would be great for anyone from older teens on up.


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9 comments:

Lisa Rupertus said...

I haven't been. I have been just using my bible without a devotional but I keep thinking I'd like to add one in.

Sarah said...

I try to but it seems that life sometimes got in the way :(

Lisa Joy Thompson said...

Sometimes....sometimes I just stick to straight scripture reading. It depends on the time of year. I usually do The Bible in 90 Days starting on January 1st, so no devotionals for the first 3 months of the year.

purple squirrel said...

Sometimes yes, sometimes no~ Sometimes my main devo is reading Bible with my 6 yo... ;) I am currently getting devotional readings/thoughts of the day from a friend who is doing "Unglued" with a group of online ladies.

Lisa @ Our Country Road said...

I do. Currently going through Experiencing God.

Jen said...

I am in between devotionals right now. Most of the time I just read through Scripture with my bible dictionaries.

Alicia Charmbury said...

Sometimes, I should more often.

Sharon said...

We trade off from devotional to scripture memorization. It is at this time of year when we want to remain on track for our curriculum and have so much to catch up on that both become shorter on a daily basis.
This would be a great start to the new year!

Create With Joy said...

I love devotionals! I have reviewed several amazing ones on my blog this year and am trying to decide which one I'd like to focus on this year!