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Posted November 3, 2011
I really liked this one. Some of the people in the stories were extraordinary people - Mother Teresa, C. S. Lewis, Martin Luther, etc. However, the stories that were shared showed that even though they were extraordinary their situations were very normal.
Each story is followed with a prayer and a Bible verse. The prayers deal with things that we all deal with - struggling at work, dealing with temptation, houseguests, being gracious. It was nice to have these prayers. I know I sometime struggle with what to say in my prayers. I know God knows what I'm praying for but I can't exactly articulate it to myself. These short prayers sum things up nicely.
The only thing I would have liked to see with this is a "glossary" of the different problems. I think it would have been nice to be able to look for work in a glossary and find a few different prayers that will help you with what you're going through.
Overall, I thought this was a very a good book. It was kind of a nice reference for dealing with life through your spiritual growth.
This book was provided to me for review. This has in no way influenced my review. This review is truthful, honest, and is my sincere opinion.
Posted October 11, 2010
From the publishers of The One Year Bible and so many other great publications comes The One Year Book of Encouragement: 365 Days of Inspiration and Wisdom for Your Spiritual Journey. This devotional was compiled by Harold Myra.
Who doesn't need a little encouragement now and then? Actually who doesn't need it daily. This book is a day by day tome of wisdom and encouragement. It combines daily messages from some of the today's and yesterday's most beloved and revered spiritual guides. You will read insights from Mother Theresa, Oswald Chambers, Brother Lawrence, John Wesley, Billy Graham, Francis Schaeffer and John Ortberg and that is only the tip of the iceberg.
Each day begins with a half page encouragement from a fellow pilgrim. The thoughts are completed with a prayer and a scripture.
I have really enjoyed reading through this devotional book. The only problem was that I rarely stopped my reading at just one day as there are so many great men and women of the faith that are included in this book. I suppose this is a great way to be introduced to some perhaps lesser known spiritual writers as well as be reminded of the words of those who are already familiar.
I think this is a great book for personal use or as a gift.
Posted September 28, 2010
In today's ever changing world, we find ourselves constantly looking for something to bring us joy or to invoke a feeling of contentment and happiness. Yet far too often we seek that in things that will only do it on a temporary basis and today with our economy being unstable, job losses at an all time high, families losing their homes, retirement funds left depleted, its no wonder why people are seeking something more in this life.
In the One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra, the reader is introduced to your standard devotional listed on a daily basis. However what is unique to this devotion is that each story shared is from an inspirational author, such as Corrie Ten Boom, Billy Graham or even Mother Theresa. These are the people we have come to cherish for their words of encouragement in their own personal storms. This book gathers some of the best and shares them with the reader, along with a short personal prayer and a verse of scripture from the Bible.
I found this book to be encouraging on a different level because these are published stories pertaining to the situations where hope and inspiration is needed to weather the tough times. Besides our faith in God its nice to see personal situations where their authors own personal testimony is shared so the reader can be encouraged.
I received this wonderful devotion compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and would rate this one 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Posted September 28, 2010
Although I have had this book for several weeks and have read/pondered numerous entries, I still feel unprepared to write this blog. However, I have a feeling I won't feel prepared after 365 days of daily reading. This is an amazing book that I, NO DOUBT, will be reading daily for years to come.
I enjoy reading numerous devotional books: Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest, Max Lucado's Grace for the Moment, Henry and Richard Blackaby's Experiencing God Day by Day, to name a few. But I must confess The One Year Book of Encouragement by Harold Myra will be placed near the top of the list of readings/recommendations to friends!
This devotional of encouragement is compiled of "Scriptural Wisdom" from numerous Christian pastors, missionaries, and Spiritual leaders that were once (and remain) inspirations to Christians everywhere. The author provides his guidance for our use of this resource: "Start with today's date, or start anywhere. Read and pray through the daily devotions, or read several entries when you have the time. Personally, I mark the ones that hit home and copy quotes to carry with me. These challenges and prayers are for life as we meet it, in all its challenges, in all its opportunities, in all its wonder and race from the loving Father."
A few days ago I read these words from Thomas A Kempis: "if we keep the hour of our death always in mind and daily prepare ourselves to die, then we are blessed." I am reminded of the wisdom of my mother-we are not promised one more day on this earth, we must live as if today is the last-show love to everyone (including strangers and those who dislike you), apologize for any wrong-doing on your part (even when it's difficult and uncomfortable), tell your family and friends what they mean to you, go to bed each night with no regrets.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Posted September 20, 2010
I was provided by Tyndale House Publishers with this complimentary copy of "One Year Book of Encouragement" written by Harold Myra.
This book consist of a collection of words of wisdom and encouragement by authors from the past and present. There are 370 pages in this book, including the "Sources/Bibliography" page. Each date there is a story and at the end of the story there is a quote from the Bible. Very meaningful.
This book is just right for those people who do not have time to read. It's a good motivational book to start or end the day with. Just need a minute or two to finish a story. After all, it's just a page and some are shorter than a page.
When I received this book, I immediately flip to the date February 23. It's a story titled "A Short Visit Here". It's words of wisdom from Thomas A Kempis who provided the yardstick of genuine success. According to him "He is truly great, who is great in the love of God. He is truly great, who is humble in mind, and regards Earth's honors as nothing".
Meaning, many chase the honor and glory on earth but these "medals" are earth bound and will pass in a blink of the eye. Only the love of God is everlasting.
The end of the story there was this line from the Bible Psalm 90:12 "Teach us to realise the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.
I give this book 4 stars out of 5.
Posted September 16, 2010
In The One Year Book of Encouragement: 356 Days of Inspiration and Wisdom for Your Spiritual Journey, Harold Myra offers readers with daily spiritual insights gleaned from Christianity's best writers, including Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, and D.L. Moody. Unlike many devotionals, however, this particular collection focuses on surviving troubled times, a subject that most today would find familiar. Through his own reading of these authors, Myra presents inspiring quotes from their works, along with an explanation of their context and meaning. The readings are full of real life examples, the hard, gritty reality of daily life and spiritual searching in the midst of tragedy. At the end of each entry, Myra provides readers with a prayer and Bible verse appropriate to that day's insight.
Unique in its focus on dealing with troubled times, Myra's book offers the reader with daily devotionals that are appropriate for so many people's lives. While other devotionals are often superficial in their depth, Harold Myra provides the seeker with readings for difficult problems, such as promiscuity and failing marriages. Because of this awareness of the awfulness that can be found in life, I found the collection appealing. The daily writings challenge and inspire; they do not shy away from the the subjects of sin and judgment even as they find hope in the midst of these issues. This aspect of the book made the writings more real, or perhaps something to which I could relate. This devotional provides hope even as it acknowledges the fears and doubt that most face. Those like myself who are struggling will also find useful spiritual insight in the pages of Harold Myra's book.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book as part of their blogger program.
Posted September 16, 2010
This is not just another daily prayer book or devotional book. It is much more than that. This is an amazing book that inspires you and feeds you with courage for living a better day. The author uses citations, thoughts and hopes from famous or not so famous Christians and develops on top of that his own view for the "topic of the day". After that, there is a prayer related to what was discussed and a verse from the Scriptures that nails the whole reading down to what the bible says! Very inspirational and I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start his/her day in the right foot. My favorite reading was one named "A Warm Hand" featuring Mother Theresa. Very touching...
This book was written by Harold Myra in 2010. It was published by Tyndale Publisher House also in 2010 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their blogger book review program.