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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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  • 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 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 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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