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I Lift Up My Soul: Devotions to Start Your Day with God

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  • Posted March 23, 2011

    Really Good book! Lots of great Info!

    I Lift Up My Soul by Charles Stanley-Book Review Got my hands of on this book and wasn't sure what to make of it at first. I like reading daily devotionals and I also like Charles Stanley so I figured it would be a decent read. Basically, the book takes you through a year of daily teachings with specific scripture reading and a bible verse for each day of the week. This book gives good explanations for events and situations that happened in the bible, which helped make the bible more understandable to me. I gotta say it took me a few pages to really get into this devotional. Charles Stanley I find, is quite mature in his understanding of Christ and I found his explanation of Christ's character to be a little confusing to grasp in some entries. But as I continued to read, it started to make more sense. There is a wealth of info in this book and I found myself taking notes just to remember all the great points and truths I came across. Many of the daily messages speak the same truth but in different ways so if I didn't get the meaning of a particular subject the first time in one message, I was able to understand it better in another . Great read. Great way to start your day.

    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Wonderful Daily Devotional

    I have all of Dr. Stanley's daily devotionals, and they are wonderful! Dr. Stanley is a truly gifted and inspirational teacher of the Lord's Word, and I highly recommend "I Lift Up My Soul" to start your day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Got to have it.


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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    eBook constantly froze

    eBook constantly froze and no help to fix problem from BN.

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  • Posted September 9, 2011

    It freezes all the time

    I love Charles Stanley's work. Unfotrtunately, this book freezes up on me all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2011

    Great for Beginners

    Charles Stanley - I Lift Up My Soul.

    This is a great devotional by Stanley. So perfect for beginners in the faith. It is perfect to recommend to someone that is just starting out in their walk with God without having to worry that Mr Stanley is going to say something off the wall. Also, easy reading makes this great for people of all ages and walks as it does not cross over into being "too theological" while still hitting the Bible solidly. Of course, the book is also a great tool for starting to delve deeper into the Bible and continuing to grow someone in the discipline of study. I recommend this book both to grow for yourself or to hand off as a gift.

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  • Posted January 5, 2011

    I Lift Up My Soul - A Review

    So I have just finished about two to three months of every day devotions out of the book "I Lift Up My Soul" by Charles Stanley. Before reading this devotional I never really knew much about Charles Stanley, his church, his teaching, etc., but I thought I would give it a try. I was blown away by the wisdom of Charles Stanley. Now, not only do I continue to start off every one of my days with a devotional from him; I also started downloading his podcast from the "In Touch" ministry.
    Charles Stanley is incredibly wise, and does an excellent job of applying each verse to the common life. Every morning I am challenged, refreshed, and renewed. I try to take the idea or concept that I learned that morning and let it reside within me throughout the rest of the day. He also provides just one key verse that I try to memorize every day.
    I would highly recommend this book to people across all spiritual maturity. If you need some structure to your morning time with God, or desire that, then I also highly recommend this book for you! It is based on a yearly calendar though, so I think it is best to start at the beginning of the year, but not a huge problem!

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  • Posted December 17, 2010

    for daily discipline and makes a nice gift

    Each day focuses on a Bible passage, and a half to three-quarter page of instructions from Charles Stanley. His writing is to the point, easy to read, yet profound; I've always enjoyed his books. The day's devotion ends with a one to two line prayer. I Lift Up My Soul is similar to any other daily devotional guide. As with any daily devotional guide, it's an aid to maintaining a disciplined quiet time in God's Word but does not give much depth of Bible study. Disclosure: Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review. Opinions are entirely my own.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    a perfect companion for the weary soul...

    Daily devotionals, no doubt are an excellent way to start the day on a positive note. And that's exactly what Charles F. Stanley's "I Lift Up My Soul" does. It is a literary roadmap that'll keep us from walking off the parameters of our Christian faith while providing us with enough hope and room for holistic growth. This book is just brimming with assurances of God's eternally forgiving love for us, as well as with affirmations to lift us off the direst pit of insecurities. It is both a journey through Bible truths and life as we know it. As the title itself states, this book aims to pick up our souls from all its earthly restrictions into eternal grace. It offers scripture readings, guided prayers and inspirational messages put together in such a way that's sure to guide us through the tricky roads of life. Whatever tough situation you may be in right now, or will be in in the future, "I Lift Up My Soul" is the perfect source of spiritual strength you need to overcome the barriers of fear and doubt. It'll teach you courage, help you understand the importance of patience, and remind you of just how special you truly are in the eyes of God. You may choose to read it in order, or grab it at a whim and open it to a random page. No matter how you choose to use it, there will always be something in this book that'll remind you over and over again just how much God cares. And with that thought to keep in mind from sunrise to sundown, you know you can never go wrong.

    *I got a complimentary copy of this book from BookSneeze.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Devotions to Start Your Day With God

    My first introduction to Dr. Charles Stanley was in 2007, while recuperating at home from back surgeries. Unable to go to church, I turned to TV to `go to church.' I found Dr. Stanley's In Touch service. He had the kindest, gentlest voice for a pastor I'd ever heard. But don't that fool you. He gave down-to-earth, life principles based on the Word of God. Though I differ with some of his theology, his messages clearly challenged me each Sunday.

    Today, in his book, I Lift Up My Soul, you can `hear' Dr. Stanley every day of the year. His devotionals are written in the same kind, gentle voice, and he packs them with Scripture. He starts out with a Scripture reading, which may or my not contain the Key Verse he expounds on, but if you read them closely together, they do relate. He ends with a guided prayer that takes you directly to the Father's heart, seeking Him and His assistance to live for Him in your life.

    I love his matter-of-fact method of examples-word pictures-in his devotions, along with the Word of God to back them up. They are down-to-earth, relevant subjects. Some include: second chances, God's faithfulness, worship, prayer, storms of life, victory, suffering, faith, transforming thoughts, and much, much more.

    Interestingly, he categorizes each devotional under four main headings that can help you work towards a closer, deeper relationship with the Lord.

    * Pathways to His Presence
    * Seeking His Face
    * On Holy Ground
    * Into His Presence

    The cover of the book indicates a deep, lasting relationship, with roots running deep. It's a powerful image to encourage you to put your trust in God.

    Dr. Stanley encourages you to get his free monthly magazine, packed with informative resources that will touch your heart and invigorate your faith. Every month, In Touch magazine brings daily devotionals from Dr. Stanley, in-depth Bible studies, inspiring articles, and insightful teachings to strengthen your relationship with God. To learn more, purchase his book, or to start your free subscription, go to his intouch website.

    This book was provided by BookSneeze in exchange for my honest opinion.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Very nice format and great solid devotions

    This book is a daily devotional and I loved it. I loved the format; it wasn't too much to read in one sitting and gave really good nuggets to think about each day. I'm not usually a fan of devotionals, but I found this one very interesting. I like Charles Stanley and enjoy listening to him on the radio. The book is read just like he speaks. It is easy to understand, yet it gives solid truth and wisdom to help you each day. The Bible readings are not too long, nor are the devotional readings, but you feel like you have spent time learning some truths each time you close the book and you have something to take with you throughout your day. Each devotion is assigned a date, rather than just having 365 devotions in the book. I find that helps me keep track of where I am. I found each devotion to be comforting and relevant to my daily life. They are timely with the seasons and current events. I like that the book was a hardcover because of the durability, and that it was a pretty colorful cover because I can leave it on my coffee table and it looks nice.

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  • Posted November 17, 2010

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    "I Lift Up My Soul" - A wonderful Way to Reflect on your Life and Day

    What a wonderful way to reflect on God's Word. This devotional is well written and full of words of wisdom from God Himself. Charles F. Stanley, has taken God's Word through Scripture and broken each though for the Soul so to refresh the Believer. As you open to the first day of devotions, you will find the appropriate Scripture for reading. As you read the scripture, you will get a warm feeling which can sooth your soul and entire being.
    If you start your day with Charles Stanley's "I Lift Up My Soul", you can only have peace of mind and righteousness of heart. Thank you to Dr. Stanley for his understanding of the Scriptures and breaking them down in easy to understand devotionals for each and every one of us. This devotional is and will be used each and every day, as a start to the day.

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  • Posted November 13, 2010

    For new and old believers

    I believe this may be a very inspirational book for those who are strongly religious and I did like quite a few of the pages. I enjoyed the idea of a tiny blurp to read each day about how to improve yourself spiritually, mentally and physically as a person. I actually think that was my favorite part. I even loved the cover of the book; weirdly, it felt soothing and calm. However, sometimes, it just came off a bit strong. I have quite mixed feelings about this book. I know this will vary for each person who decides to read this book being as religious as it is and I definitely have in mind several people who would absolutely love this book. I would likely recommend this to new and old believers. I am at a loss on what to give this book in terms of stars. 4 stars out of 5.

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  • Posted November 11, 2010

    I Lift Up My Soul by Dr. Charles Stanley

    Lift Up My Soul
    Devotions To Start Your Day With God
    by Charles F. Stanley

    Wake up to a new day!

    Lift Up My Soul is a daily devotional written by Dr. Charles Stanley. Dr. Stanley is the pastor of Frist Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.

    Dr. Stanley presents a daily scripture reading as a way to get you into Gods Word. It is a wonderful way to work through some parts of the Bible that you may not have spent much time in. I would say it would be a wonderful idea to meditate on the scripture of the day and apply it's guidance to the rest of the day. It is often amazing to see how you can apply verse to real life situations.

    Next, Dr. Stanley presents a few paragraphs that range from real life stories that relate to the message for that day, a story that is inspirational or even insructional. This particular day he speaks of our needs and how important it is to take our needs to God alone and wait for his action. He is stressing the importance of not pushing OUR will on any given situation. It is a good reminder to take all things (big or small) to the Lord.

    Lastly, Dr. Stanley presents a prayer for you. These prayers vary from prayers of thanksgiving to requests for knowledge. This devotional truly covers a multitude of situations, topics and instructional material. It is a must for any bedside table and presents a way to build a daily routine for spending time with our Savior and in His Word that is interactive and interesting. It is easy for many Christians to get lost in the Bible and to feel overwhelmed. This book is a wonderful way to break down parts of the Good Word into bite sized pieces that are easily related to.

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  • Posted November 3, 2010

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    I Lift Up My Soul by Charles F. Stanley Book Review

    I Lift Up My Soul is a yearly devotional with a message for every day. I found them very inspirational and comforting. It has a nice colorful hardcover.

    Each devotion has a scripture reading and a key verse, good for having a family discussion or teaching the children. There's a place in the back of the book for you to write down notes or thoughts.

    I enjoyed it very much and recommend it.

    Thomas Nelson has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.

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  • Posted November 1, 2010

    Great Devotional

    On behalf of Thomas Nelson Publishing, BookSneeze recently sent me a free copy of Charles Stanley's newest devotional I Lift Up My Soul. Each day's entry in one page invites the reader to draw nearer to God. As the book progresses Stanley focuses on different topics such as grace, prayer, forgiveness and gratefulness. Each devotional takes about one minute to read, so it is a great devotional for the on-the-go person or it can be used for the more serious contemplater.
    I was pleasantly surprised by this devotional. As I said, each entry is rather short, yet throughout I found myself in constant prayer and communion with God. Stanley never made me feel uncomfortable with any of the devotions. By that I mean that sometimes when an author talks of sin and points the finger at every reader, I feel uncomfortable reading that piece. Stanley mentions our inherent sin,but does so without judgement. He probably is trying to leave that to God. When he does mention sin, it is to allow the reader to understand his or her deep need for Christ.
    My soul was indeed lifted as I looked to Christ with gratitude and humility. I am definietly going to be using I Lift Up My Soul for my daily devotional next year. Throughout the year I hope to draw nearer to God and explore different facets of my relationship with Him. This devotional is great for new believers and more mature believers alike. I hope for those that do pick this book up are inspired to look up and offer God their souls.

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  • Posted October 28, 2010

    The perfect way to start your day!

    This book is one of the rare few that you can judge by it's cover! The title alone says it all. "Lift Up My Soul". In this beautifully packaged book, Charles F. Stanley presents us with one scripture from the Bible each day that enables you to "start your morning with God" for an entire year.

    Each scripture is followed with thoughts, hypothetical questions from Stanley and leave you with a prayer. This icing on the cake will engage your thoughts and compel you to carefully consider the verse in a deeper way. It leads one to ponder the different meanings and various interpretations some may have.

    Charles Stanley has been a pastor for 40 years. He currently presides over the First Baptist Church in Atlanta Georgia. He has received international recognition for his radio and TV show titled In Touch.

    Using the word of God to help us begin our day, Stanley has given us a book that is simply priceless.

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