God's Love Letters to You: A 40-Day Devotional Experience

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Dear (your name here),

I love you.

Love, God.

What if you had a letter from the Lord of the Universe,written specifically to you with unique insightinto who He is and what He has planned for you?

What if you could enter into a real conversationwith the God of the Bible?

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Overview

Dear (your name here),

I love you.

Love, God.

What if you had a letter from the Lord of the Universe,written specifically to you with unique insightinto who He is and what He has planned for you?

What if you could enter into a real conversationwith the God of the Bible?

WELL, YOU DO. AND YOU CAN.

The greatest love letters of all time did not come from the pen of aplaywright or the mouth of a poet. They weren’t formed on warpedsheets of music or with the quills of romantics. These letters come fromthe Word of the Almighty God.

Based on 66 Love Letters —Dr. Larry Crabb’s intimate conversationwith God—this devotional experience offers the chance to completelychange the way you think about love.

Give yourself forty days to fall head-over-heels in love with the Saviorwho calls you by name and welcomes you into a sweeping, incrediblerelationship with Him. Discover the language and story of true love asit was originally intended—personal letters from God to you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780849946479
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,008,860
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Larry Crabb is a well-known psychologist, seminar speaker, Bible teacher, author, and founder/director of NewWay Ministries. He is also Scholar in Residence at Colorado Christian University, Professor for Richmont University in Georgia,and serves as Spiritual Director for the American Association of Christian Counselors.
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God's Love Letters to You

A 40-Day Devotional Experience
By LARRY CRABB

Thomas Nelson

Copyright © 2010 Larry Crabb
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-8499-4939-5


Chapter One

Day One: Genesis

I Have a Plan: Trust Me

* * *

Then Joseph said to his brothers, "... God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ... God will surely come to your aid." —Genesis 50:24–25

God says: I want you to realize that I never underestimated how thoroughly you'd mess up your life or how painfully you would struggle and suffer, and I don't want you to underestimate your failures or struggles either. They're all part of the story I'm telling.

But neither have I underestimated My determination or ability to enter both the mess you've made and the pain you feel, then turn everything around. I can, and I will, make everything good again. Never, ever underestimate Me. I have a plan, a very good one, and it will move ahead to completion. Guaranteed! Trust Me. Why? Because I love you even when you're messing up badly. I love you in the middle of your pain even though I don't relieve it as quickly as you wish. I am worthy of your trust, no matter what happens in your life. I have a good plan, and nothing will stop Me from carrying it to completion.

You must live now in the tension between anguish and hope.

TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT

* Recall a mess you've made at some time in some area of your life and how God may have entered into that mess with you. How has the experience added to your life story?

* What possible reason could God have for not relieving our troubles more quickly? How do the difficulties we face serve the purposes of God's love?

* What do you believe is the center of God's good plan for your life now, before you get to heaven?

TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY

God, it's hard to believe that everything that goes wrong in my life is part of Your good plan. It's even harder to believe that everything I do wrong can somehow lead to something good. God, I believe ... a little. Help me believe more. In Jesus' name, amen.

Chapter Two

Day Two: Exodus

Consider the Lengths I got To, just to be with you

* * *

Let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. —Exodus 25:8 NKJV

God says: I can and I will detach you from everything that numbs your sacred hunger for Me and makes you feel hungrier for something other than Me.

You will never on this earth depend fully enough on My power to live exactly as I want you to live. When you see how particular I am about all the rules you should obey but never do, let the weight of My holiness draw you into the delights of My love. I still want to be with you.

Don't ever forget: I do have a plan, a plan to make you deliriously happy in the circle of My love. As you read Exodus 25–40, where I record all those architectural details about the tabernacle, realize the lengths I'm willing to go to be with you. Imagine Me, the God of the universe, clothed in splendor and arrayed in glory, living in, by My standards, a simple tent set up in a barren wilderness. Sure, it was fancy, but compare it to what you imagine heaven to be. But that's where I lived, just to be near people like you.

As you consider all the laws I gave that you've never kept, and as you see My willingness to go camping to be with My people, know this: I will do whatever it takes to fully restore My family and to be with them forever.

TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT

* Unknowingly, we often find ways to numb our hunger for God with things like coffee, shopping, sex, sports—you name it. In what ways might you numb your sacred hunger?

* How is our failure to keep God's rules intended to draw us into the delights of His love?

* What does the final sentence—"I will do whatever it takes to fully restore My family and to be with them forever"—provoke in your heart?

TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY

Father, give us the courage to identify and live in our deepest hunger for You. Redeem the truth that You as a holy God desire to live with us even amid our sin. In Jesus' name, amen.

Chapter Three

Day Three: Leviticus

Solving your worst problem

* * *

Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. —Hebrews 2:11

God says: You want Me to solve your problems, but you don't know what your worst problem is, the one responsible for all the others. You don't yet realize that distance from Me is the most lethal problem you have.

You assume we're doing just fine together while you run off, trying to make life work for you, and you expect Me to cooperate. When you read Leviticus, notice that I never solve anyone's secondary problems. In all those verses about skin infection, for example, I never prescribed ointment or simply cured the disease, which I easily could have done. I simply told people they couldn't enter My Presence with an oozing sore. The issue was worship and intimacy with Me, not health, wealth, or personal comfort.

So many people miss that. They identify their needs and then view Me as a God who wants them satisfied and happy before I deal with their unholiness. But because I love them—and you—I've made a way for you to revolve your life around Me as your first thing. Everything else—your marriage, your checkbook, your self-esteem, your cancer—is a second thing. When the first thing (namely, Me) is in first place in your life, every second thing will be taken care of.

You've got a long way to go before that's true in your life, but I have a plan to get you there, to make you holy.

TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT

* If you didn't feel the need to "spiritualize" or worry about what others think, how would you define what your worst problem is?

* What are some of the second things in your life that you long for God to address?

* The second things of our lives often take priority over what God says matters most. How would you describe, after reading these words, what God's deepest commitment is in our lives?

TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY

God, I would settle for far less than Your commitment to make me holy as You are. Too often my commitment is to use You to make my life comfortable. Forgive me. In Jesus' name, amen.

Chapter Four

Day Four: Numbers

Persevering on the rough road to my party

* * *

These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don't repeat their mistakes ... Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence. —1 Corinthians 10:11–12 MSG

God says: The road to life is rough. You will begin every new adventure in life with naive hope and excitement. Every wedding will begin with passion, then move into problems. Every decorated nursery will receive a baby who will present unanticipated challenges. Every church plant, every new ministry, every small group starts with happy hopes. Everything you do, no matter how well organized and well intentioned, will run into trouble.

The road to life will expose you to terrible failure and crushing conflict. But only that road leads to the life you want, the life I give you. Spiritual leaders who teach that I am here to solve your problems and make your lives comfortable and prosperous underestimate the energy (and badly misunderstand the nature) of unholiness in the human heart that I must severely deal with to get you to My party.

And that underestimation leads them to underestimate the severity of My love. My servant C. S. Lewis got it right: I'm not safe, but I am good. I will not coddle you any more than a good surgeon only hugs a cancer-stricken child. I will not coddle you, but I will purify you. And that takes more, not less, than a hug.

TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT

* How do you respond to the statement that everything you do "will run into trouble"?

* Where have you known this to be true?

* What makes it difficult to believe that the road to life inevitably goes through "terrible failure and crushing conflict"?

* What are you assuming is the deepest problem of the human heart when you would rather be coddled than purified?

TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY

Lord God, thank You for Your dogged commitment to purify me and get me to Your party. Open my eyes to see where I am more committed to my comfort than my holiness. I ask in Jesus' name, amen.

Chapter Five

Day Five: Deuteronomy

I'm faithful to you anyway

* * *

He brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land that he promised on oath to our forefathers. —Deuteronomy 6:23

God says: I am the only true God. There is none other. When you don't like what I'm doing, there is no plan B. I brought you out to bring you in. You were locked in the prison of self-centeredness, just as Israel was in painful bondage to Egypt, where all they could think about was themselves—how can we get a better life? Not, how can we love God?

I brought you out of that prison to bring you into the freedom of love. If you love Me only when I immediately satisfy your desires, your love is merely one more form of self-centeredness. Your love becomes trust only when you choose to believe that I brought you out of something bad to bring you into something good before you experience that something good. Then your love is sustained by confidence in My character, not by enjoyment of current blessings.

I ask nothing of you but that kind of love, which includes respecting Me for who I am, following Me wherever I lead, serving Me with your whole heart, and obeying every command I give.

But that's asking something neither you nor Israel could give. You are not capable of loving Me like that. No one can please me unless I put the life of My Son, who always pleases Me, into his or her heart. And that's what I promised to do. That's what I have done. I'm faithful to faithless people. Believe that, and know that now you can be faithful to Me, not perfectly, but you can learn to live in rhythm with My Son, a little more gracefully each day.

TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT

* Given the verse in today's reading, out of what do you think God is bringing us? Into what do you think God longs to bring us?

* Think of a situation that currently "ties you up in knots." How does the sentence, "Then your love is sustained by confidence in My character, not by enjoyment of current blessings," speak to that situation?

* What do you believe is the ruling passion at the heart of every redeemed image bearer?

TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY

Oh, Father, I would easily settle for a blessed life here ... trying to use You to cooperate with my agendas. You have such a higher vision for me than I am capable of pulling off in my own strength. Thank You for having done all the work, which includes giving me a heart that loves You as Your Son does. In Jesus' name, amen.

Chapter Six

Day Six: Joshua

Victory requires discernment

* * *

Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. —Joshua 1:9 NKJV

God says: Invite Christians to live for Jesus and imply that the Christian life is all about blessings, about entering a land filled with milk and honey with no real battles, and they all will come forward. Churches that never deal with the real fight that following My Son requires often grow large but mostly with small Christians.

Defeating their enemies involved conflict for Israel, failure, and the need for discernment, just as it does in your life. Israel had to fight real battles with real swords that shed real blood. Some of the people, like Achan, preferred blessings to battle. That preference led to failure as it will in your life.

Discernment, too, is hard to come by. Even Joshua mistook an enemy for a friend, a terrible lack of discernment. And despite Joshua's best efforts, My people sometimes squabbled over their enjoyment of blessings. Pay attention to that. A spirit of entitlement and jealousy will plague you until you die. You'll need discernment to identify it, recognize it as wrong, and know how to navigate your way through it.

Your leaders, all of them, are imperfect, but you will need them to more effectively fight the real battle, to resist compromise and deception, and to enjoy your blessings without the spirit of entitlement corrupting your gratitude. Substantial victory is available in this life but only with struggles that remain until heaven.

TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT

* How would you define the real battle that following God's Son requires?

* Within our lives and our churches, we see conflict and failure as our enemies. How might these instead be the context for discerning the real enemy from which God seeks to free us?

* A spirit of entitlement exists in all of us (God, You owe me an understanding spouse ... children who follow You ... good health ... a fulfilling career). It often only surfaces during times of prolonged pain and suffering. Where have you seen this spirit in your life?

TAKE A MOMENT TO PRAY

God, often my battles are about securing blessings that I believe I deserve. I long for Your discernment to be about the real fight within me and others that will lead us to gratitude. In Jesus' name, amen.

CH7[ Day Seven: Judges

Understanding authentic love

* * *

God is doing what is best for us, training us to live God's holy best. —Hebrews 12:10 MSG

God says: I never heal superficially. Many of My people wish I did and think I do. I don't. My plan is to change you from the inside out, to change your motives—why you do what you do—and to change your impact on people so that how you relate to others will make them thirsty for Me and will draw them to dependence on Me.

When you love Me above all else, what you do will bring Me pleasure because your motives, though never pure, will be holy. And when you love others with an authenticity and passion that draw them toward Me, you will feel a little of the pleasure I feel.

Only when people look deeply into themselves will they truly repent. My people in Judges never repented. They remained in love with their own sense of well-being, with no understanding that love, real love, the love that defines Me, involves suffering the loss of well-being for the sake of another.

That lack of understanding is epidemic, not only in culture but in churches today. And it is in you. You and everyone else are inclined to depend on Me for the good life of blessings and to mistake that dependence for love. You're more afraid of losing the good life than of losing (or never gaining) a close relationship with Me. You do not yet see that being with Me is your greatest blessing, no matter what else may be happening in your life.

TAKE A MOMENT TO REFLECT

* It is far easier to expend our energy on our behavior, cleaning up the outside of the cup as indicated by Jesus in Matthew 23:25–26. What makes it difficult to turn and honestly face the motivation of our hearts?

* Based on the reading, what do you think true repentance involves?

* Unknowingly, what we call love is often intended to get something from another. Recognizing this can lead to another type of love. How would you define that love?

* As you reflect back over today's reading, what sentences create an anticipation that you could share in the pleasures of God?

(Continues...) ]CH7



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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xi
Hearing God's Life Words....................xiii
Day One: Genesis I have a plan: trust Me....................1
Day Two: Exodus Consider the lengths I go to, just to be with you....................4
Day Three: Leviticus Solving your worst problem....................7
Day Four: Numbers Persevering on the rough road to My party....................10
Day Five: Deuteronomy I'm faithful to you anyway....................13
Day Six: Joshua Victory requires discernment....................16
Day Seven: Judges Understanding authentic love....................19
Day Eight: Ruth My love can overcome all obstacles....................22
Day Nine: 1 Samuel Moving from emptiness to holiness ... to laughter....................25
Day Ten: 2 Chronicles Struggle to trust Me....................28
Day Eleven: Ezra You will make it to the party....................31
Day Twelve: Nehemiah Small obedience is great work....................34
Day Thirteen: Psalms The stakes are high....................37
Day Fourteen: Song of Songs Come to My feast of love....................40
Day Fifteen: Jeremiah I will rescue you....................43
Day Sixteen: Daniel When you're ready to meet Me....................46
Day Seventeen: Jonah I demand your cooperation....................49
Day Eighteen: Habakkuk You must stumble before you dance....................52
Day Nineteen: Zechariah Believe what you cannot see....................55
Day Twenty: Malachi Beneath your doubt, you long for Me....................58
Day Twenty-One: Matthew Jesus takes over....................61
Day Twenty-Two: Mark Moving toward the kingdom....................64
Day Twenty-Three: Luke You're standing at a crossroads....................67
Day Twenty-Four: John The surprising route to joy....................70
Day Twenty-Five: Acts A new purpose in freedom....................73
Day Twenty-Six: Romans Discovering the truth that sings....................76
Day Twenty-Seven: 1 Corinthians The ongoing moment of decision....................79
Day Twenty-Eight: 2 Corinthians My truth reveals your profound need....................82
Day Twenty-Nine: Galatians Your freedom makes you vulnerable....................85
Day Thirty: Ephesians Celebrate My Spirit within you....................88
Day Thirty-One: Philippians Empty, broken, thirsty, grateful ... and empowered....................91
Day Thirty-Two: Colossians Fully seen, fully wanted by an inflexibly holy God....................94
Day Thirty-Three: 1 Thessalonians Blessed by frustration, weariness, and futility....................97
Day Thirty-Four: 2 Timothy A joy that frees you to endure hardship....................100
Day Thirty-Five: Titus Living between two epiphanies....................103
Day Thirty-Six: Hebrews Strengthened to believe, wait, and love....................106
Day Thirty-Seven: James Saving your soul from a wasted life....................109
Day Thirty-Eight: 1 John The dance of love, the life of joy....................112
Day Thirty-Nine: Jude In brokenness, you will know My power....................115
Day Forty: Revelation Become caught up in My story....................118
About the Author....................121
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    God's Love Letters To You - Dr. Larry Crabb

    God’s Love Letters To You is a great complimenting devotional that ties in directly with Larry’s latest book co-written with his wife, 66 Love Letters. Although both books stand alone, I found it very enjoyable to have already read 66 Love Letters before reading God’s Love Letters To You.

    I’ve always appreciated Larry’s practical approach to faith. It’s refreshing to me and as someone who studies psychology, I’ve come to regard him as a guide in my life.

    This devotional consists of 40 short, insightful and challenging words paired with prayers and scripture references to be read daily. A great way to start or end your day. Small enough to be a stocking stuffer or a gift for a friend, but powerful enough to leave a lasting impact on someone’s life.

    Although this devotional is a great glimpse into the fantastic book that is 66 Love Letters, It is no substitute. Do yourself a favor and order 66 Love Letters and pick up God’s Love Letters To You as a study companion. It’s a great pairing.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    this is worth reading for, it touched my heart and soul

    it touched my heart and soul

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

    Totally worth reading!

    Larry Crabb has been a counselor for many years and he is very realistic, practical and wise in his insights on counseling and he is keenly aware of the difficult situations we put ourselves into in terms of our psychological and mental health. When he sees the Bible then, he sees it as God's love letters to human beings, which if we only really heard and understood, there would be need for a lot less professional counseling!

    This is what was most interesting to me about this book by Larry Crabb, "God's Love Letters to You: A 40-Day Devotional Experience".

    It is a simple book. At times, I liked the author's ability to glean out a simple lesson out of a complex book. At other times, I found it a bit too individualistic. A text in the bible gets its meaning from an understanding of its author, its target audience, its geography, socioeconomic scenario and many other factors. To make it all about God's love for an individual seems out of balance but it is nevertheless a good starting point.

    If you've ever wanted to understand what the Bible has to say and did not want to study it in detail, this could be a substitute. We live in a troubled, afraid, cynical and lonely world, which needs to hear a message such as this said again and again. For this reason, I'm glad Larry wrote this book.

    Disclosure of Material Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher free of charge as a member of the BookSneeze program. In exchange for the book, I agreed to write a review, HOWEVER, the opinions here are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    An enjoyable devotional read to start each day with!

    I have to say that when I received a copy of "God's Love Letters to You" by Larry Crab I had never used a daily devotional book. Each day I would read the dialog, think about it and try to apply it to my daily life. Many of the devotions in this book really challenge the readers thinking, daring them to choose a higher path even when it seems to be the out of the ordinary path. "God's Love Letters to You" does, in some spots, have a way of drawing you into a deeper love relationship with our Creator. Each daily devotion is followed by a series of questions that force the reader to dig deep inside them and peel back layers of fear, selfishness, pride and other feelings. Each devotion also includes a verse from the Bible that the message focuses around, allowing the reader to have a biblical foundation for the daily message. I found this book to be encouraging as I read it and often found myself having difficulty not jumping ahead to the next reading. This book was a great way for me to start each day.


    I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. 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.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    Great Reminder

    When it seems the world is crashing down around your feet, the reminder that God is still in control, still loves you and still has a purpose though you may not be able to see it is so very important. This is a tough time that although we are taken by surprise, God never is. His purpose will prevail and He has won the battle. This devotional is a great reminder of all those things. The chapters are short and easy to read on the run.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

    Very useful devotional - check it out!

    If you are on the look-out for a new devotional, surely "God's Love Letters to You: A 40-Day Devotional Experience" by Larry Crabb is one that you could try out. I have a big fascination for devotionals but this one far surpassed many that I have read. It is a short one but sweetly written, just perfect for all. As you go through the book you'll open God's love letters to you, which is both consuming and sincere. The truth of the matter is that nothing you do or don't do changes God's heart towards you because He loved you with an everlasting love. As you read, you'll experience God talking to you through a daily devotional reading based on twenty Old Testament and twenty New Testament books of the Bible. Each day's devotional includes selected Scripture reading, short devotional message, reflection questions and a closing prayer. Its focus is to help you listen to what God is saying in His Word. As a well-known Christian psychologist, teacher and speaker, Dr. Crabb is able to inspire and motivate his readers to have a deeper fellowship and closer walk with the Lord. But why 40 days? Shouldn't 30 be more appropriate? Booksneeze provided me with a review copy, and I did not receive any compensation for my review.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

    Great gift devotional!!!

    This book was written by Dr. Larry Crabb and is based upon his book 66 Love Letters. God's Love Letter's to You is a 40 day devotional sharing both scripture and meaning from the world's greatest book, the Bible. Every one of the 40 day devotions includes a short letter, a reflection upon the words written to pray over throughout the day and a prayer. A different prayer and verse for everyday for 40 days covering 40 books of the Bible. This devotional is thoughtful and beautifully written. It would make a perfect gift for a young adult or someone special.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Powerful Devotional!

    God's Love Letters to You is a 40-day devotional written by Dr. Larry Crabb. Each day's devotion begins with scripture and then a "love letter from God." At the end of each letter is a reflection and then a prayer section.

    I wasn't sure about doing a devotional for a book review, but I absolutely loved it.

    Each day, I felt as if God was truly speaking to me in the letter. Sometimes the letters were very blunt and straight to the point, however, there was still the love contained in each letter. The reflection section really challenged me to think about the scripture and my biases. It also challenged me to truly search my heart. As for the prayer section, I was able to admit my weaknesses and acknowledge God for who He truly is.

    Because of the strength of the letters and how they touched my heart, I truly believe that Dr. Crabb sought God's guidance in writing this devotional. I am eager to read more of his works.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone in search of a powerful devotional.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Not for Christians Who Want to Dig Deeper

    Recently I was looking for some new devotional so I was totally stoked when I saw that "God's Love Letters to You" was up for review. I thought...what a great opportunity. I read the description on the website and the back of the book and I was really excited about this book. Sadly, I was very disappointed.

    Dr. Larry Crabb has an easy to understand writing style. He also presents a solid scriptural point of view. However the forty, one to two page devotionals were simply fluff pieces. They teased a deeper spiritual meaning and lesson but left you feeling like you hadn't really study anything at all.

    I like that each love letter contains reflection questions. I think that helps you to pause a moment and find some relatable qualities. I do wish that the scriptures referenced or at least one key highlighted scripture had been printed out in the devotional. People don't always have their Bibles handy when they grab a devotional book or sometimes they are simply to lazy to look the verses up. However, if they are printed out on the page then they will usually take the time to read them.

    Overall I don't think this book was really for me. I guess that I was just looking for more. This book would probably be really great for people who are just starting to try to get into the habit of doing a daily quiet time. Then are short and to the point and do provide biblical knowledge. If you are looking for bite-sized devotionals then this could very possibly be a great devotional for you.

    If you want to really dig in and go deep then steer clear of God's Love Letters to You because you will simply be disappointed.

    This book was provided to me at no cost by Thomas Nelson Publishing for review purposes.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

    Great Book on God's Love

    A lot of people may find it hard to believe that God loves them. He may seem like a distant far of God doesn't care. But that couldn't be further from the truth.
    In the 40 day devotional, "God's Love Letters to You, author Dr. Larry Crabb takes through a journey of God's love throughout the bible. Based of his book 66 Love Letters, Dr. Crabb breaks down each book of the bible and shares a synopsis of love shown in book.
    Each day is a different book of the bible from the begging to the end. The devotion starts with a scripture, a passage, a section of things to reflect on, and then ends with a prayer. No devotion is more than 2 pages which makes it a quick easy read for anyone desiring to know God's love more deeply.

    Here's a look at some of the devotions:

    Day 1 Genesis - I have a plan trust me
    Day 2 Exodus - Consider the lengths I go to just to be with you
    Day 3 Leviticus - Solving Your worst problem
    and so on.......

    Each day you will be encouraged to know that God is not mad at you. No, in fact he loves you deeply and longs for a close relationship with you more than any other. If you struggle to know whether you are loved, please know that God longs for you. This would be a great book for anyone that has been hurt, wounded, struggles with low self esteem, or may even be depressed.

    My thoughts:

    I love this little book. It's so helpful to know that someone much greater than you is in control of your life and wants what's best for you. Not only that, HE loves you, no matter what you do. I found myself smiling after I read my devotion and what a great way to start any day!

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    God's Love Letters to You

    God's Love Letters to You is a daily devotional. Each of the 40 days you start with a Bible chapter, then a verse from that chapter related to the short one page devotional. After reading the daily devotion it is followed by few question regarding the devotional you read then, it end with a closing prayer. Dr. Crabb writes for each day as if you receive personal letters from God. I enjoyed reading this book very much, but one thing that I noticed while reading this book was the printing in the devotion part was smaller than normal which was not a problem to me, but if someone reading this had poorer eyesight them myself might. It was fun and exciting to read this book, having never read one Dr. Crabb's books before. It was also very interesting reading this daily devotional, it brought up points which was unique. The devotionals were written by Dr. Crabb's opinion of how God would speak to us if he was the one personal writing the letters. I overall enjoyed reading this short devotion as it was fun, and easy to read, and enjoyable. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review program. I was not required to write a positive review; the opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    God's Love Letters

    This book is put together beautifully. The daily devotions are relevant and inspiring. Each day you get a question to invoke thoughts in you that you may not have otherwise thought of. This book is arranged in such a way that it is like a daily hug, comforting you when you never knew you even needed it. A nice book to give as a gift, and of course, something nice for yourself as well.

    Book Description:
    Experience a unique conversation with God through a daily devotional reading based on twenty Old Testament and twenty New Testament books of the Bible. Written to help the reader listen to what God is saying in His Word, God's Love Letters to You offers a life-changing encounter with God through the story He is telling. Author Larry Crabb brings the big picture of God's story into clearer focus, helping readers catch an enticing glimpse of how each of these forty books of the Bible advances the story. The goal? To lose our story in His.
    Each day's devotional includes:
    -a selected Scripture reading
    -a short devotional message
    -reflection questions
    -a closing prayer

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    God's Love Letters to You

    Dr. Larry Crabb did an excellent job writing each of these love letters. The Bible is
    actually a love letter to YOU, from GOD, to help you live a peaceful, fulfilling life.
    This book is split up in little love letters, each one from a different book of the Bible.
    Each Letter begins with a verse that "sums up" the book from the Bible. Then, it
    transitions into a love letter from God. This love letter is to be an intimate
    conversation between the Lord and You, his child. Each love letter allows you to
    discover love the way the Lord intended it to be. Following the letter are some questions
    that really get you thinking. These questions are a guide that can be used in your own
    daily devotional experience or in a small group study. Finally, each devotional ends with
    a prayer that allows you to be centered and focused on the meaning behind the love letter.
    I give this a 4 out of 5 star rating!

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

    A Spiritual Spa-Time

    Beautifully written 'letters' that touch your heart and soul. Take a break from the bustle of your day and spend a few quiet moments reading one letter a day (for 40 days) - take time to reflect on each one and then take a moment to pray. A spiritual spa-time during which you will begin to develop a closer and more personal relationship with the one and only God, who knows you by name and calls you to be one of His chosen 'children'.

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

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    get inspired in 40 days

    If you ever doubted God's love, this is a good way to get back on track with your faith. For forty days, this book will help you re-discover a deeper relationship with God through love letters and devotional readings based on both the Old the the New Testaments. It gives us a better understading of God's messages to us, and how much his love can endure. It's inspiring, insightful and oftentimes heart-wrenching, but you will definitely become a better person by the end of these forty days.

    It is an easy read, incorporating bible truths with modern psychological concepts. It just might change, not just your view of God, but of life as a whole. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

    I got an ARC of this book through Booksneeze.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

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    Unfolding Glimpses of God's Love In a 40-day Devotional Book

    This book is a 40-day devotional messages taken from the eternal story of God's Love, the Bible, as revealed in the conversational experience of 66 Love Letters.

    Each devotional reading is based on twenty Old Testament and twenty New Testament books of the Bible.

    Written to help the reader listen to what God is saying in His Word, God's Love Letters to You offers a life-changing encounter with God through the story He is telling.

    Author Larry Crabb brings the big picture of God's story into clearer focus, helping readers catch an enticing glimpse of how each of these forty books of the Bible advances the story.

    Although I like Larry Crabb's style of writings and his biblical view on psychology, I wish that the main devotional message is scripturally referenced. Except for the introductory scripture verses that appear at the beginning of each day's message, there is very little scripture back-up in this book.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Inspirational book

    I was so happy when I received this book. A simple book like this gave me hope and strength to survive everyday, to fight and keep going with my goal in life. This daily devotional walked through me and take away all my heartaches, disappointments and sadness. Now, I understood the reasons behind those pain. I encourage you to get a copy of this at barnes and noble because this book takes the reader through a forty days devotional reading based on twenty Old Testament and twenty New Testament in the Bible.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

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    Review-God's Love Letters To You

    I enjoyed reading the daily devotionals, but they were not what I expected. The devotions are not like most. They leave you wanting more. They are a bit empty. I wasn't really uplifted by these. This book is like a beginners devotional book. Something to get you used to reading each day. But I believe you will need another devotional book once you are finished with this one. I like devotionals that have a few scriptures to start off with. Then when finished reading the devotional gives you more scriptures, relating to the ones for the devotion. I like to be able to get into the study and go a little deeper with it. This was very grade school for me. This book only had one scripture and no follow through.
    It is a nice reminder though of God's love for us and how he cherishes each of us and wraps his arms around us for protection.
    The book is well-written and would be valuable to newer Christians but I don't think it's really right for a mature Christian as it just has basic information. A Christian with a few years walk with the Lord would find it a little empty and somewhat to be desired.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Simple, Quick and Deep Devotional

    Dr. Larry Crabb wrote God's Love Letters to You as a 40 Day Devotional Experience that invites you to spend time with the Savior, which takes about 5 minutes per day. It is a short devotional that starts in Genesis and ends in Revelation. At the end of each devotional, there is a section on reflection and prayer time. This is a great devotional that is simple, but allows one to further and deepen their relationship with the Lord. Great for a women's Bible Study...

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    GOD LOVES YOU THIS MUCH AND MORE!

    Here is the generic review: God's Love Letters to You by Larry Crabb is a collection of words of encouragement created to be read one per day for a period of 40 days. Under the guise of love letters from God the author presents affirmations that will help the reader overcome past hurts and pains.
    Here is how I really feel: God's Love Letters to You is one of those books that you really have to just buy. You may read one segment a month, or the whole book in a day or read as the author instructed one chapter per day. I remember when I read the "Purpose Driven Life" and I thought the first chapter was powerful, well after reading the first chapter of this book I am completely blown away! I called a friend and read her the chapter and she and I both began celebrating God's goodness. It was that powerful.
    If you ever wanted to know where God was in a time of difficulty read this book. If you want to know His heart, read this book. If you ever wanted to know what Father God thinks of you read this book. I recommend you buy and read this book.
    This book was given to me free of charge via BookSneeze in exchange for a free unbiased review.

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