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I love new starts. I used to think I was so fond of them because detours to the pit made them a life necessity I believed new beginnings were primarily for those drawn to cycles of self-destruction like me. Those who had been humiliated by sin again. After all, why would people living in any semblance of victory need a new start?
To the glory of God alone and His relentless grace, I haven't cycled back to that pit in years. But you could have knocked me over with a feather when I came to the startling realization that not all hardship is caused by sin. Sometimes difficulty comes to us smack-dab in the center of God's will. Anyone who lives life plugged into the human race, still bothering to give a rip, nearly loses heart for need of a new start. I've never gotten over the necessity of a fresh beginning. I'm guessing you haven't, either.
God knew we wouldn't. In fact, He created us that way. He fashioned the soul of man in its every intricacy and complexity before He ever breathed it into the ashen new body of Adam. We don't have a single soul-need God didn't deliberately initiate for His own purposes. Our souls crave new beginnings. Fresh starts. Calculate with me just how willing our compassionate God was to accommodate.
God Himself came up with the concept of an annual New Year's Day when He ordered creation and gave the sun and moon their instructions (Gen. 1:14). Though some cultures operate on a lunar schedule and others on a solar schedule, we share the original concept of a calendar year that begins with a specified day. Think how much you and I view segments of time in years. Just the other day, a friend and I discussed what kind of year we'd had. As you open this book and prepare for your January 1 devotional, I wonder what kind of year you've had. Are you glad to see it go? Do you bid it good riddance? Or was it a year of dreams come true and intangible prosperity? Do you conclude it defeated? Or simply exhausted? One way or the other, aren't you glad you have a new start? Brilliant, isn't He?
God didn't think an annual new start was nearly enough. He who created the human psyche also compartmentalized those hundreds of days into 12 months. Every month we get another first. But 12 new starts were not enough, either. The very first verses of Scripture unfold a seven-day period of time we call a week. Think how we look forward to a "weekend" and a subsequent new beginning on Sunday Fifty-two new beginnings a year sounds like plenty, doesn't it? Ah, but not to God. He who configured our needy souls ordained the sun to rise every single morning and set every single evening. A curtain of darkness falls systematically on the scene of every single day, calling it history
Ever had such a bad day that it seemed beyond redeeming? I had a really rough day last week. The problem wasn't just one thing. It was everything. Every phone call. Every e-mail. Every demand. Yes, even the elevator got huffy with me. I dragged my usually buoyant mood behind me to the parking garage like a deflated balloon on a tattered string. And then I accidentally shut the car door on it. My husband, Keith, asked me early that evening if the day had gotten any better. I laughed and responded, "Nope. I think this one's just going to have to end, and let me start a new one tomorrow morning."
Sure enough, night fell and so did I ... right in the middle of my Sealy Posturepedic. I pulled the covers over my head and slept off the exhaustion of the day. The next morning, the sun rose just as God promised it would, and I felt renewed and ready to go at life once again. I don't think I could have waited seven days for another new start. I needed one that would come in only hours. I bet you know what I mean.
The Bible says that God gives us new mercies every morning (Lam. 3:23). The first of those mercies is the new morning itself Here we are, you and I, making a new start together. A new year. Twelve new months. Fifty-two new weeks. And 365 glorious new days. What might make this one a little different from the others? I'm hoping a deliberately Christ-centered worldview. This new start is designed to take us all over the globe in prayer and partnership, freeing us from the misery of self-absorption. A world exists far beyond our front yard. Ours are not the only problems or the only praises. Let's see what happens when we share them.
Once again ... and not a moment too soon, the old has passed away. Behold, new things have come. - Beth Moore
Devotional time = spirit repair
"I ask him to strengthen you by his Spirit-not a brute strength but a glorious inner strength-that Christ will live in you as you open the door and invite him in." Ephesians 3:16-17a (MSG)
Most workers for our organization must learn a foreign language. For me, it's Mandarin Chinese. While studying, I was intrigued by the phrase ling xiu (leeng SHE-oo), which refers to a Christian's daily devotional time.
Although this was new vocabulary, I already had learned both of the characters in different contexts. Ling means "spirit" or "soul." Xiu means "to repair." I had learned xiu with the washing-machine repairman who was coming weekly to keep our ancient model running!
In my notes, I wrote "devotional = spirit repair." What a fitting way to describe our devotional time: repairing the soul by reading God's Word and communing with Him. Like that dilapidated washing machine, my spirit needs the ultimate Repairman. Although I complained about the washer, it was stronger than my own inner man. It needed weekly repair, while I need it daily!
At one point, the repairman explained that the washer was used too often. I laughed inwardly at his solution-if I could just stop dirty laundry from accumulating, all would be well! What a parallel to how the stresses of life wear away our spiritual vitality just like the never-ending laundry wears out the washer's parts.
We can't stop the stresses of life any more than my family can stop producing dirty clothes. So I keep calling the Repairman to patch up my soul. Our daily "spirit repair" time is what keeps me sharing the gospel even with slow results and using my poor Mandarin when I look foolish. It provides compassion for my city so I can fulfill God's call in my life.
-A worker in China
Heavenly Father, I pray that You will use this devotional time to repair my soul, purify me and draw me closer to You. Amen.
King of the jungle
"But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." John 12:32 (NIV)
Our family went to Lake Nakuru (nab-KOO-roo) National Park, where wildlife was bountiful. We marveled over the massive rhinos and Cape buffaloes. The impressive waterbuck, graceful giraffe and the tiny steenbok antelope all gave evidence to our Father's creativity. Awestruck, we watched the sea of pink flamingoes, thousands upon thousands in flocks flowing together, moving like currents. What gifts of beauty the Father provides to delight His children!
As we drove, we scrutinized the savanna for a rare creature. The barking call of a baboon was heard as we spotted a group of animals, alert and intent upon whatever the baboon was announcing. They weren't the least bit distracted by us. Their attention was fixed on something more important. With curiosity, we inched toward the hailing sentinel who directed all creatures in one direction. What could command such esteem?
Suddenly, in a bushy tree nearby, I noticed a huge, male lion in his secret hideaway. That explained it all! The focus was on the "king of the jungle"!
The humans in a white truck didn't distract the animals. Their focus was on the king, and nothing would change that. Their focus even drew us to him.
The Lion of Judah commands and deserves the same kind of focus from us. We must stay so intently focused on the King of kings that when distractions come, we are not moved! For when our eyes are fixed on Him, we exalt Him, and others will be drawn to Him ... just as the animals of Nakuru drew us to the king of the jungle.
-Judi, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa
King of kings and Lord of lords, I focus my eyes upon You today. Keep distractions far from me. May I follow You wholeheartedly. Amen.
An amazing discovery "Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare." Psalm 40:5 (NIV)
Rain is depended upon in the jungle. Without it, wells will dry up, crops will die and the temperature will continue to rise.
I have become good at predicting the weather in the jungle. If it looks like rain, it won't rain. If it doesn't look like rain, it will rain. When it does rain, if it lasts more than five minutes, it will rain for the rest of the day. If it stops before five minutes are over, it won't rain again until tomorrow.
One Sunday as I sat under the tree where we had church, my thoughts turned to the rain, or more correctly, to the absence of rain. I then realized that in the 14 months that I had lived in the jungle, no church service had ever been canceled for rain. I felt God saying to me, Of course not. You meet under a tree. You can't have church if it's raining, I've got that detail under control.
What an amazing realization! It had never occurred to me that we had good weather for church, but God had been taking care of it. I never bothered to pray about having good weather for church. Yet God already had it under control.
When I think about what that means in the rest of my life, I am almost overwhelmed. God proves daily that He is ordering my steps and planning my days. If He takes the time to plan good weather for believers in the jungle who meet under a tree, won't He be planning my life and your life as well?
-Kristee, South America
Heavenly Father, Sovereign Ruler of the universe, You have everything under control. Thank You that I do not need to feel overwhelmed with what is going on around me. Amen.
"But King David said to Ornan, 'No, but I will surely buy it for the full price; for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, or offer a burnt offering which costs me nothing.'" 1 Chronicles 21:24 (NASB)
Our weekly Bible study meets in a paillote (PIE-yote), which is an open, round, thatched hut in the center of the village. After the study, we sing and give an offering, placing it on an open Bible. In Africa, we give our offerings. In America, the expression is to "take" the offering, and it is often a quiet event.
Common practice in Africa is to make change from the offering plate. At the close of one meeting, some asked me if I could make change for them for market the next day. As I counted out coins, one lady said, "I don't want this one. It is too worn; they won't accept it in the market." Silence fell as the realization hit. Someone had offered this useless money to God. We saw more coins worn smooth until the markings were no longer visible. I said, "Someone gave these worthless coins to God. What does the Bible say about that?"
In 1 Chronicles 21:24, David said he could not offer to a holy God a sacrifice that cost him nothing. We cannot fool God by going through the motions of giving. What value do we place on the gifts we lay before the Lord? What did our gift cost us? I have to admit I was beginning to feel a little "preachy" until the Lord convicted me that I, too, was guilty. I hadn't given worn coins, but I had given less than my best. I am sometimes content to give the leftovers of my time or energy. May I never again offer to God any worthless sacrifice.
-Gaye, West Africa
Father, may I, too, never again offer to You any worthless sacrifice. Forgive me when I didn't give to You the best. Amen.
Prescription for hope
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 (RSV)
A girl around 7 years old came to a medical clinic we sponsored with the help of a volunteer team from Spartanburg, South Carolina. We found out that her father was an alcoholic who mistreated her mother and her siblings. Most of the time, this little girl was left alone in the house to do all the chores and take care of her brothers and sisters. After she had shared these things, she asked, "Do you have any pills that would give me hope?"
So many people run short of hope and wonder how they can continue. It would be marvelous if there were a quick fix for hopeless lives. We were able to tell the little girl that Someone could give her hope. Jesus Christ could share the heavy burdens that she carried. Cheeks were wet with tears as we lovingly put her in touch with the One who truly does offer hope when our way is too hard and our load is too great.
We as Christians should be a people of hope. We often encounter desperate people, and sometimes we despair. In the dark times, we need to embrace faith in our Lord in order to restore hope in our road-weary souls. Faith really is "the assurance of things hoped for." And what do we hope for? Love, forgiveness, relationship and God's sustaining grace can see us through, no matter how hard the road is before us.
Running a little short of hope today? Celebrate your faith and embrace hope? Not only that-give some away to others.
-Lily, Middle America and the Caribbean
Gracious Father, You are the God of hope. Thank You that no matter what my circumstances are, You give hope in hopeless situations. Help me to share hope with others. Give missionaries opportunities today to share hope with the lost. Amen.
God, the forgiver
"Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there." Psalm 139:7-8 (NIV)
"Beth" became a believer when she was a teenager. Her strict Wahhabite Muslim family was distressed, but they thought she would eventually return to Islam. But Beth had no intention of forsaking Christianity.
She met a young man at church and became engaged. Beth's mother was unhappy that the groom was a Christian, but her desire for Beth to be married was greater than her fear of the family's disapproval. Tragically, one of Beth's uncles committed suicide the day before the wedding, causing the marriage to be postponed. As the family gathered for the funeral, they discussed the reason for the man's suicide. They decided that Allah was angry about Beth's conversion; thus, a curse was on the family. Beth was told to recant her faith so that no one else would die for her disobedience. Beth refused. She was forced to the floor but still refused to deny Jesus. Finally, her uncles threatened to kill her if she didn't. Terrified, Beth recanted.
Shaken and ashamed, Beth ran from the house and for hours wandered the streets. She wanted to go to her fiancé and church for comfort. But it wasn't their forgiveness she needed; it was Jesus'. But how could He forgive her for denying Him? Tearfully, she cried out to Jesus.
That night, Beth had a dream that she was in a bathtub filled with snow. Then Jesus Himself came and washed her clean. Suddenly, she had a covering of snowy white. When she woke, Beth was filled with peace and God's forgiveness.
Beth's story reminds us that even if we go down to "the depths," Jesus is there.
-S.H., Central Asia
Father, forgive me when I deny You by disobedience. Just as You forgave Peter, someone I can identify with, forgive me for ____________. Give courage to believers who are persecuted for their faith today. Help them to stand fast. Amen.
He calls me by name
"But you are a chosen people ... that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
God is not just interested in the world as a whole, but He knows and loves each individual. One of the Aukaners (au-CAN-ers) God loves is "Don." Don is a soft-spoken, middle-aged man of much influence in his Aukan village. As we developed a relationship with him, God began revealing Himself to Don.
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Posted July 5, 2011
I received this book from Book Sneeze a little after the New Year began. Its devotional format is very helpful and is useful when reading through the book. Every month has a different theme and the testimonies and stories show the hearts of the people who serve the Lord. The fact that every story has a different author makes the book feel even more personal. It draws attention to the work missionaries do around the world, and is thus an encouragement to every reader.
At the end of the book there is a section about the International Mission Board and about Beth Moore's Living Proof Ministries. The heart of the people who serve the Lord with their lives is seen all through the book.
I recommend this book as it is a daily encouragement to everyone who wants to start the day with a genuine decision to do better in their faith walk.
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Posted April 8, 2011
I received a copy of Voices of the Faithful: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World. This devotional book includes comments by Beth Moore at the beginning of each month. What I have appreciated most about reading the daily entries is that it has helped me to have a more global perspective of how God is working through His people. However, based on the title and back cover description, I was expecting all of the entries to be inspirational accounts of extreme sacrifice. I was hoping for something along the lines of the accounts in Hebrews 11. Most of the stories, all written by different missionaries, are everyday accounts of their work with the people they are serving. Aside from this, I appreciate the prayers at the end of each day which afford the opportunity to pray specifically for missionaries serving around the world and for the hearts of the people they are trying to reach.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2011
I liked this devotional book in that it was different than a lot of others I have read. The year was broken down in months and in each month you studied a different subject through the testimonies of missionaries serving all over the world. Some of the subjects included God's Character, God's Grace, Persecution, Prayer, and God's Word. Another variation is that every devotional would start with some Scripture pertaining to the lesson, and ending with a sample prayer. Those aspects really helped draw me in and helped me get the most possible out of the devotional. The book has 366 true accounts of believers from all around the world, a man in Bolivia, a woman in China, a couple in Asia.
Each month starts of with an introduction by Beth Moore that helps prepare your heart for what you are about to learn.
This is a perfect book, if your looking for a new devotional for the new 2011, a gift for a coworker, parent, sibling, or friends.
I received this book from Book Sneeze for free in exchange for a review on my blog and a consumer website.
Posted January 20, 2011
This is such a neat book! Having traveled a bit, it was really neat to have so many stories from missionaries around the world. I especially enjoyed the fact that there were a variety of writing styles. That said, as with any compilation type book, there were often stories that I either didn't relate to or wasn't interested in, but overall this was a really great book. I also didn't use it as a devotional and instead read it more the way you'd read a 'Chicken Soup' book. It would be a really great gift book as part of a basket of items for someone who was sick, immobile, had to sit in waiting rooms for long periods of time, etc... or just as good for a mom who needed something to read while waiting to pick her kids up at school, and other shorter waits.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 20, 2011
How fortunate is the average American citizen? When reading through the pages of Beth Moore's book, "Voices of the Faithful" one realizes how much one has, and how little others have, and yet how thankful they can be for small things, that we would take for granted, a simple smile, act of service, or prayer can change their life. Beth Moore provides an excellent devotional, starting out by an introduction in each chapter followed by many different "Voices" with a variety of backgrounds that really ends up showcasing the miracles that happen every day, throughout the eyes of missionaries all over the world, showing the faithfulness of those in other places around the globe. She opens the book up with a humorous but very detailed image of her young years and her ideas about missionaries while growing up in America. It is a beautiful book, the pages are filled with all sorts of inspiring pages. It puts things in perspective for myself on how much I have, and yet how much I want, things that don't even matter. It makes you want to adjust who you are as a person, without just making you feel guilty and hollow like so many books of this nature. It is inspiring, energizing. It makes you want to live. Miracles still happen every day, and somehow many think they don't exist. As illustrated in this book they do, and they are taking the globe by surprise every day! It is a wonderful read, I'd definitely recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 19, 2011
Voices of the Faithful is a 365 day devotional book with different subject topics each month such as God's word, prayer, compassion & witnessing. Each month has a separate topic, and Beth provides an AMAZING intro to each month. However, the single page daily devotionals are stories from missionaries around the world.
This was the first book I had read from Beth Moore, and I wasn't sure it would live up to all the hoopla I have heard. both good & bad. Voices of the Faithful proved to be both good & bad - The inspiration I received from each of the monthly intros from Beth Moore made the book worthy of a 5 star review. Unfortunately I can't say I loved the daily devotions. As the daily devotions are from missionaries in different locations around the world, I had a hard time putting myself in their shoes. I would prefer to have read more "real life" stories that I could better apply to my everyday life. I would recommend this book, however I'd make sure the reader knew the daily devotions are from missionaries and not Beth. I will definitely be looking into some of Beth Moore's other books.
NOTICE: I received this book free from the publisher through the a book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own
Posted January 15, 2011
This Devotional is quite enjoyable because it reminds me of reading inspirational blogs. The reason? Every day's devotional is a story from one of the international missionaries who serve God in remote locations, sometimes even endangering their own lives in order to proclaim His Word and share the Good News with those who still live in the dark.
Taking into account that I have friends all over the world (with exception of Australia, I guess) and many of my friends are missionaries (whether serving here in Ukraine or elsewhere), reading stories like that helps to achieve several goals:
It shows that all the prayers for the missionaries are not in vain - God does work in the lives of people in mighty ways.
The stories are encouraging because when you think of what people go through to share the Good News, you start to value the freedom and the simple joys of being able to go to Church on Sunday and not be afraid to be attacked or something.
It shows that God is the same everywhere and He loves all people, not depending on race, skin color, language, or country of origin.
All in all, I love the simple style of it: a verse of the day, a personal story from one of the missionaries, and a short prayer in the end.
Posted January 13, 2011
Here is your ticket to other worlds: a gateway to experience foreign lands and unfamiliar cultures--all during your daily quiet time.
More than a one-year devotional, Voices of the Faithful is a unique travel book, one that will affect how you see the world and look at people.
A monthly theme connects the daily readings, which contain a missions-related story, a relevant Scripture passage, and a guide for prayer and reflection.
This is a much-needed compilation today. Stories of God's work in the mission field are abundant, but as storytellers, most missionaries don't know where to begin (or end). So they send home unbearably long reports that go unread, or none at all.
This devotional sifts through the stories so they don't overwhelm, presents them in focused bite-size pieces that enable readers to latch on to a name, country, or event. Just enough to take away and share with others, or ding a bell at the next temptation to complain about bad customer service.
Voices of the Faithful is well-written, with a good variety of stories, and beautifully designed. Hopefully it will be published in a more handy size.
Voices of the Faithful challenges Christians to respond to God's call to make His name known to all the nations: whether by going, sending, supporting financially, or praying for those in the field. It is a good supplement to daily Bible study. The stories can also be used as teaching illustrations for small groups or sermons.
Many thanks to the folks at Thomas Nelson for publishing this book, and for giving me a copy.
Posted January 6, 2011
A very nice devotional book, a little different from the average daily devotional guides. The collection of missionaries' stories from around the world are organized as daily devotions into monthly topics such as God's Character, Prayer, Contentment, Spiritual Warfare. Each month begins with an introduction of the theme by Beth Moore. I've always enjoyed Beth Moore's insights and personable style.
I would've liked to read more about the experiences of the missionaries as each day is only one page short. But being that it's a daily devotion, the format does not allow it to be longer.
Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for this review. Opinions are entirely my own
Posted December 30, 2010
Voices of the Faithful is a daily devotional written by missionaries serving around the world. It is organized by different topics for each month and each entry is written by a different missionary.
I found this to be a great daily devotional. The readings are thoughtful and just the right length. I did notice that some of the writers did not include their names, I'm assuming for fear of the governments where they are serving.
Overall, I would recommend this book to someone who wants to supplement their daily devotional or someone who is short on time. I think this book is great for someone who is missions-minded. It will also ignite an interest in missions for those who do not know much about it.
*Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review of this book
Posted December 28, 2010
A village woman dreams she would find a man by the river who would tell her of God-on the day, and at the moment a missionary happened to be walking there. In another part of the world, a missionary needed new tires for his van, but before he could get them, the vehicle was stolen. A short time later it was recovered, replete with new tires, a radio, and a backseat.
Voices of the Faithful, a compilation by Kim P. Davis of miracles, testimonies, joys, and sorrows brings the reader into communion with the heart of God as lived out through missionaries from around the world. It is a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people who are willing to pay the price of obedience and go where God leads.
This daily devotional is arranged around monthly themes such as character, prayer, contentment, etc. Beth Moore introduces each month's theme, but the daily devotions are from the hearts of missionaries scattered from the Pacific Rim to the jungles of Africa.
Although there are many devotionals available, this one has the added benefit of allowing us to become intimate with the people who are willing to share God's heart in difficult and unfamiliar places. Perhaps this encounter will trigger a response to commit to one of them in prayer, correspondence, or support, thereby becoming a co-worker from the comfort of our couch.
Posted December 23, 2010
Like anything by Beth Moore, this book is nothing but inspiring. Her collaboration with missionaries who are truly living out the life that God intended for them is one to strengthen, build up, comfort, and stir the soul.
I love the day to day account told in the words of the saints on earth today of how God is continuing to be faithful in the promises he has made throughout His Word. The tales vary from all lands, all situations, and all walks of life, proving that God truly is the God of all.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze 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: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted December 22, 2010
Voices of the Faithful with Beth Moore is a book of daily devotions. Each of the daily devotions is written by a missionary serving in different parts of the world. From the forward..."Their testimonies are as diverse as their backgrounds and personalities as well as the places they serve...they all have one thing in common: a deep, abiding love for our lord Jesus Christ.." I really love this book. When I first received this book I quickly flipped to a random page and was immediately uplifted by the message. It was inspiring and so very special in that the testimony was personal and helpful. It was like having a dear friend offer me gentle words of encouragement and perspective. The very simple fact the the testimonies are written by missionaries for Christ working for the Kingdom of God from around the world lends the daily devotions special meaning. It has inspired me and led me in my personal journey. These are voices not so different from my own...dealing with the same trials and questions that I often have each day. Every penny of the author's profit goes to Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions for the effort abroad. So not only will you be fed spiritually by this book but you can also feel good that you are personally helping a cause in Christ. Anyone looking for a daily devotion for the new year will not be disappointed. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Book Sneeze dot com book review 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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2010
Voices of the Faithful is an inspiring devotional book compiled by Kim Davis, with Beth Moore!
Each day you'll be taken on a new adventure by a missionary or someone else who has put their lives on the line for God. These daily stories are inspirational and ever so encouraging! It is always fun and interesting to hear stories from Christians serving God in other corners of the world, and I highly recommend this daily devotional.
It is great to encourage yourself, or would also make a wonderful gift! Following God is worth it all ~ and you will be greatly encouraged by this new book!
Posted December 18, 2010
Voices of the Faithful - By Beth Moore
This is a book for those with a burden for missions and for those of us who want to know more. Before I read this book I knew what missions are, grew up in a church where there were frequent visits from various missionaries with pictures and stories about their efforts in foreign lands. I prayed for them, I paid attention when they talked, but still I didn't feel a connection with their burden. This book has definitly changed that for me.
The book is a daily devotional with stories from various missionaries around the world. Each story is unique and opened my eyes to a whole different world of "problems" and heartache. I greatly admire those who serve and who are couragous and wonderful and have Gods guiding hand and protection in their service abroad. Each month has an introduction by Beth Moore and I love her introductions as much as the stories. Her words are encouraging, touching and inspiring.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow and strengthen their understanding of missions and also to appreciate all we have been blessed with.
Posted December 16, 2010
A 366-day devotional with inspiring stories from the front lines of faith.
"A willingness to go is all they have in common," says Beth Moore, speaking of her friends on the front lines who are spreading the gospel around the world and with whom she collaborated to create this book. This brilliant, 366-day devotional features incredible stories of God's faithfulness in the face of uncertainty and danger, written by hundreds of missionaries worldwide.
Beth Moore compiles this set of short inspirational readings (one for every day). Each reading is one page. The objective is that you read the short essay, all of which are based on Bible verses, and contemplate the teaching throughout the day.
The essays are arranged by subject. Each month has a different theme. February - the word of God. March - prayer. Etc. Each month's essays are preceded by comments by Beth Moore.
Some of the essays are very inspiring. It takes a couple of minutes to do the daily reading, but one can contemplate it during your daily commute or throughout the entire day. Some of these messages are that good.
Posted December 14, 2010
From the moment I saw Voices of the Faithful: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World, listed on the Booksneeze resource page, I knew it was one I wanted to review. It's a book that combines two things that I feel strongly about- Beth Moore's great writing and teaching, and stories of mission work around the world. I often get so caught up in my own life challenges and struggles that I forget to pray for those in other countries who are facing much bigger problems and outright persecution for their faith. So I need books like this to remind me!
I really have been enjoying this book immensely and feel encouraged and inspired and motivated to pray every time I pick it up and read one of the entries. Voices of the Faithful is laid out in a daily devotional format, which is perfect for anyone with a busy schedule and not much time to read. Each month has a theme, with themes ranging from God's character to contentment to persecution to spiritual warfare to Christmas around the world (to name just a few). There is an introduction section for each month, with a few pages written by Beth Moore on the theme of the month. The daily entries themselves are written by nearly 300 missionaries who are serving around the world. Each day's devotion is introduced with a Bible scripture and closes with a short prayer.
At the end of the book there are several sections that I found especially helpful, especially those about finding your voice, how to pray for international missionaries and people groups, and the role of individual churches in missions. If you or someone you love is interested in knowing more about international missions or want to hear first-hand accounts of how God is working around the world, this is a great book to consider.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book as part of the publisher's Booksneeze program, but was not compensated in any other way. I was under no obligation to leave a positive review and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.
Posted December 6, 2010
The visually appealing, modern devotional book, Voices of the Faithful, by Beth Moore, published by Thomas Nelson publishers, contains one devotion for each day of the year- a total of 365 passages. Each particular devotional is an indepth study into one of twelve themes of God's character. This unique book is divided into 12 months, each month is dedicated to a particular theme, such as: prayer, God's Character, God's grace, persecution and even a timely theme of Christmas around the world, for the month of December. This original devotional is distinct from traditional devotionals in that it is presented for the modern reader and written by missionaries themselves- who personally endured the trials and expreiences they have written about. This is not simply a devotional of theology, but of direct first hand personal experience- hence the title, Voices of the Faithful. With its styled pages, each devotional is written by a Christian missionary in the face of trials and challanges. There is a second book in this series also available from Thoma Nelson. This book is sure to motivate and inspire the reader. As a blogger for booksneeze I am writing this review and the opinions expressed are my own.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2010
Voices of the faithful is a collection of story from the westerner missionaries around the world. This story as the title of this book indicated is the story of those voices of the faithful. Its format is more or less like a daily devotional where you get to read daily, one story for a day. As a good daily devotional usually do, its inspires us and make us thinking for whole day. What you have to do is spend few minutes for a story each day. Its also start the fire in our heart, the desire to serve GOD. Most of the story in this book is not something that happen to us in our daily life, the people in the book get their faith tested and still remain faithful. It will inspire us to testify for more people! Its shed light to their joy and struggles in the field of missionaries.
This book is formatted by date and subject. Each month will have different theme or topic such as one month is devoted to "be encouraged". Each story is accompanied by carefully selected bible verses, so beside we can learn about the life of missionaries we can also take it as a homework to memorize and know bible verse better. This is a good book i will recommend it to everyone.
Posted June 11, 2011
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