I've been working through the first book in a new devotional series, Devotions from the Torah. Devotions 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.
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.
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