Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation

Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation

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by Dianne Neal Matthews
     
 

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Devotionals are designed to bring the reader into a more intimate relationship with God. Dianne Neal Matthews knows no better way for believers to know God more intimately than to immerse themselves in his Word. To that end, her new daily devotional combines fascinating historical background information about the Bible with practical application that readers can

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Devotionals are designed to bring the reader into a more intimate relationship with God. Dianne Neal Matthews knows no better way for believers to know God more intimately than to immerse themselves in his Word. To that end, her new daily devotional combines fascinating historical background information about the Bible with practical application that readers can implement in their lives each day. She guides readers on a journey through the Bible from beginning to end, highlighting major events, characters, and stories, as well as difficult issues and topics (such as the concept of theophany, God's instructions to the Israelites to show no mercy as they entered the Promised Land, and what seems at first glance to be discrepancies between the Gospels).

Readers new to Bible study or those who long to learn more will appreciate the background information Matthews provides, as well as the way she shows how the Scriptures fit together to form a cohesive work. This is the perfect devotional for anyone who desires to go deeper into the Scriptures as they deepen their relationship with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441238979
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
976,475
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books, including The One Year Women of the Bible, which won her the 2008 Writer of the Year Award at the Write-to-Publish Conference. She also writes regularly for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations, and enjoys speaking and teaching at writers' conferences. A mother and grandmother, Dianne currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Richard. Learn more at www.DianneNealMatthews.com.
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books, including The One Year Women of the Bible, which won her the 2008 Writer of the Year Award at the Write-to-Publish Conference. She also writes regularly for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations, and enjoys speaking and teaching at writers' conferences. A mother and grandmother, Dianne currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Richard. Learn more at www.DianneNealMatthews.com.

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Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic, straight-forward look at the Bible from its beginnings to its end! If you want to dig deeper into God's word and be awakened by new perspectives of the events and characters in the Bible, interspersed with history, background, and practical application, Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation is a must read. Dianne articulates the highlights of the Bible in a thought-provoking manner and piques your curiosity want to find out more.
sunflower_faith More than 1 year ago
A unique devotional that takes you from Genesis to Revelation, "Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation" by Dianne Neal Matthews, takes the reader through the books of the Bible in 365, with snippets of passages, taken from each book. This is a great way to get an inside look at each book of the bible, particularly if you haven't read all the books of the bible, while at the same time, spending each day, uplifted and encouraged by God's word. Not confined to any particularly year, but rather a perpetual calendar,"Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation" ties together not only the Old Testament and the New Testament and shows how the background and history of the Old Testament explains the basis for the New Testament but readers are given biblical history, daily life encouragement and even background information about each book of the bible, making this a great way to begin to understand and appreciate the Bible as a whole and not just key verses, or passages. For those who may not want a hardcover or soft print, "Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation" is also  available on the Kindle and Nook and for myself, this is something that I can find myself adding either at night or in the morning to my regular bible study/reading time. There is a brief introduction to the devotional and from there, "Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation" heads right into the devotionals with a clean cut approach that makes, "Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation" an absolute must have, for anyone's personal devotional time. ***Thank you to Bethany Publishers for the opportunity to read and review this book***
grandmakaren More than 1 year ago
It is always exciting to receive one of Dianne Matthews devotional books for review. Her devotions are written from the heart. In Designed For Devotion, she has once again provided those who wish to walk in the word with a daily guidebook. I love that she has highlighted each book of the Bible. Her insight gives food for thought and tugs at the heartstrings of the reader longing to walk closer with God.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Ready For A Daily Journey? I started this devotion on January 1, 2013 and finished it this morning December 31, 2013. What a journey it has been. I loved this devotional book and I loved how the author was spot on with God's word. It has been a joy to walk through each day of this book. I highly recommend anyone looking for a new devotional book to pick up this one and start your own journey.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Biblical study is a lifelong apprenticeship for the dedicated Christian. Although no book can replace studying the Bible itself, Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation offers a companion-of-sorts to the reader who desires to increase his or her knowledge of the Bible and dedication to God. In Designed for Devotion, Bible teacher Dianne Neal Matthews comprehensively explains the main stories, people and teachings of the Bible. Additionally, she provides relevant historical background, Old and New Testament Scripture correlations and practical applications for the reader to implement. I used Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation by Dianne Neal Matthews as a supplement to my regular Bible reading. I think new believers will find the book especially helpful as it hits all the major Biblical events, people and lessons. I liked that Bible references were given along with each devotion.  There were a few stories that I was not familiar with and it was good to be able to go to the Scripture and see exactly what it said.  Believers with more knowledge of the Bible can also benefit from reading Designed for Devotion. Like most devotional books, to receive the greatest benefit and impact, the lessons must be read slowly and seriously.  Each entry is less than a page long, so there were times it was almost too easy to breeze though. However, serious, thoughtful reflection on these lessons and the corresponding Scriptures will certainly lead any believer to new discoveries and lessons. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
I started this devotion on January 1st, and I haven't missed a day yet. It's so informative, filling in the blanks and showing me areas of the Bible and stories that I never really realized. It makes me want to read more in-depth many of the stories I read about and learned as a child. I would recommend it to seasoned Christ followers as well as those who have just recently found a relationship with God. It's a great tool for learning more about the Bible and the God we serve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book to read to getting to know good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent devotional that gives you more than just a quick read!
Dianne_00 More than 1 year ago
I loved the idea of this book from the moment I saw it. That's because I love anything that can help me understand the Bible as a whole, as God's story throughout history. This author took on that daunting task and made it appealing at one-page-per-day. Most of the daily entries (though not all) have from one Bible verse to several chapters that can be read as background to the daily reading if you want to (but reading those chapters is not required). However these readings would not work as a read-through-the-whole-Bible-in-a-year program because not every chapter and verse is covered. Just so you know, this book follows the normal order of books in the Bible and does not move through the material chronologically as it occurred in history. I'm enjoying the catchy titles of EVERY page/devotion. That's kind of amazing in itself. Some pages, though not all, have a related Bible verse at the bottom, which is nice--especially the New Testament verses on the pages of the Old Testament story because they show how it all goes together. For several books of the Bible, though not all, there is a "Jesus in [the book of the Bible]" which is great information also as it shows how Old Testament books are relevant to today. If I had a criticism it would be that I don't particularly care for the title of the book because it doesn't really communicate what the book is--which is what a title should do. In my opinion they should have started with the subtitle which describes the book clearly: "A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation." Yep, that's what it is. They should've stuck with that. It's kind of unclear to me what "Designed for Devotion" even means or how it relates to the book. I hope potential readers who see the title don't miss out on a great book because the title doesn't grab them. Though I realize it's not the purpose of this book, I think it makes a great resource. I've already used it to look up the author's concise summary on certain passages, such as Daniel's vision of 70 weeks. Overall I think this is a great book for the Thinkers among us--which is the type of book I crave. I'd recommend it for those new to the Bible who want to get a handle on what the whole Bible is about in digestible bites. I'd also recommend it for those who have studied the Bible for years as their daily dose of manna. I can see how it could be used to mentor younger Christians in a once-a-week group study, too. I reserve 5-star ratings for books I'm truly excited about and I don't give them out all the time. I know I'm going to enjoy my copy not only this year but beyond. I received a free no-obligation copy of this book to review.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Designed for Devotion, Dianne Neal Matthews I loved this book. This is a not only wonderful devotional but a great addition to a Bible study. Dianne Neal Matthews takes us on a journey from Genesis to Revelations. She shows a little history of the scripture. The best part is the way we are showed ways to apply it to your life. It helps to bring you to a place of greater understanding. If you are searching for a closer walk with the Lord this is a great tool. I won this book on a reader website and can not wait to read another book by this author.
kareningalls More than 1 year ago
An inspirational book of daily devotions. Though I have read and studied the Bible many times over the years, there is always the opportunity to learn more. This book is a wonderful way to start the day, finish the day, or anytime in between.
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
I just feel in love with this book, I buy a new 365 day devotional book every year and read it in the morning to start my day out right. The daily readings are short so you can dwell on the thoughts all day. This book is well written and contains 365 Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. I am hoping that Dianne Neal Matthews writes another one next year as well. I highly recommend this devotional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dianne does an exceptional job with this daily devotional. Each day there is a story out of the Bible, with references, followed by practical daily advise. Easy to read and understand. By far the best daily dev. I have come across yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago