Where God Finds You: 40 Devotions Bringing Bible Characters to Life

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In forty devotional tales, Where God Finds You breathes new life into ancient Bible characters. Live with and learn about more than forty Bible men and women, including the wife of Pontius Pilate, Esther, John the Baptist, Delilah, Lazarus, and Mary Magdalene.

Through reflection on Scripture and prayer, you’ll discover a place in each of these lives of vulnerability, tenderness, truth, and love—a place where you can find God . . . and where ...

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Overview


In forty devotional tales, Where God Finds You breathes new life into ancient Bible characters. Live with and learn about more than forty Bible men and women, including the wife of Pontius Pilate, Esther, John the Baptist, Delilah, Lazarus, and Mary Magdalene.

Through reflection on Scripture and prayer, you’ll discover a place in each of these lives of vulnerability, tenderness, truth, and love—a place where you can find God . . . and where God finds you.

Where God Finds You is unique among women’s devotional books in that it brings dozens of men and women of the Bible to life through dramatic short stories, connects biblical truths to today’s culture, and offers readers an opportunity to reflect on what they’ve learned. Each devotion features:

• A dramatic retelling of Scripture that allows the reader to crawl into the pages of the Bible.
• The Story from God's Word: a quote or paraphrase of the applicable Bible passage in a reader-friendly version.
• The Story—From Then to Now: a personal reflection from the author to help link the passage to life today.
• The Story—Questions to Think About: prompts for personal reflection or group discussion that lead to practical application.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780784733639
  • Publisher: Standard Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,429,159
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Award-winning author Anita Higman has had over thirty books published for adults and children, including Love Finds You in Humble Texas. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of communication, psychology, and art. Ms. Higman has won two awards for her contribution to literacy and has raised thousands of dollars for literacy with her book I Can Be Anything, while serving on the board of directors of Literacy Advance of Houston. Find out more at www.anitahigman.com.
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  • Posted June 18, 2014

    If you love fiction ...if you find Biblical fiction exciting ...

    If you love fiction ...if you find Biblical fiction exciting ...if you're looking for a different kind of devotional ...Grab Anita Higman's Where God Finds You: 40 Devotions Bringing Bible Characters to Life. This awe-inspiring book will bring you closer to God as the author puts you in the pages of the Bible and brings to life 40 different Bible characters.

    Anita successfully gives readers the unique experience of seeing God's message through the eyes and minds of 40 different individuals. Included with each devotion are the words from the Bible and several questions the reader may use for examining the story and scripture more closely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    I liked this devotional book and the questions it asked followin

    I liked this devotional book and the questions it asked following the story. I truly appreciated the scripture that is placed with the text. I did a lot of hard thinking based more on the questions and application to today more than I did the story part of the devotion. I received a copy of this book for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 15, 2013

    40 Devotions featuring short stories of different people from th

    40 Devotions featuring short stories of different people from the Bible, are brought to life in Anita Higman's latest book Where God Finds You.

    Anita has taken each story small story and expanded it with fiction to bring the story to life, all while staying true to the actual scripture.

    Each story starts with her expanded story, then the actual story from God's words. Finally ending with the story from then to know where she describes how it relates to happenings in her own life or how it could relate in your own life. At the end of each devotion are thought provoking questions that get you thinking about what you have just read and how it may apply to your life.

    If you are like me, I sometime have a hard time understanding the scriptures, But in reading her devotions, then reading the actual scripture behind it, I have come away with a much better understanding and am able to relate to many of the stories. The people of the Bible all those many years ago were just like us trying to live in this world today.

    I received a copy of the book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted May 13, 2013

    A great refreshing time spent in His Word. Through every day pe

    A great refreshing time spent in His Word. Through every day people: Woman bleeding for 12 years who touched Jesus' cloak, familiar people like Joseph the dreamer and Mary, the mother of Jesus to less so, Leah and Hagar we get to walk in their shoes, feel what they are feeling, think what they might be thinking. I love the set up, first a scripture passage, how it applies now and always ends with a thought provoking questions to really make you think on what read. Too often we read and go on our merry way, this makes us take the time to stop and think.
    I would highly recommend this book. You will love it!

    I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 12, 2013

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    This is a devotional that was written in order to bring Bible c

    This is a devotional that was written in order to bring Bible characters to life. There are 40 devotionals total. Each devotional begins with the author telling a story in her own words. This is followed by the Bible verses that the story was pulled from. After the scripture comes the section called From Then to Now. This is the devotional section and pulls thoughts from the scripture to ponder. The last section is the questions. These five to seven questions will bring out more points from the story and leave the reader with a more in-depth look at the Bible story.

    There were several aspects that I liked about this book. The author made it personal with her telling of the Bible story and character. There were a total of 40 devotionals so it could be read each morning in a little over a month. I also appreciated the questions at the end which allowed for a deeper look at the scriptures and person being studied.

    I received this book free of charge from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    Where God Finds You by Anita Higman This was the most unique dev

    Where God Finds You by Anita Higman
    This was the most unique devotional I have ever read, I loved it. The author Anita Higman did an awesome job of bringing the characters to life. She took Bible characters and gave a narrative of the scripture from what their view point could have been. This was so thought provoking. Then she used scripture that pertained to the fictional story and gave a commentary from her point of view. If that was not enough she goes on to list study questions to help us think about the study. This devotional is a set of 40 Bible characters, both men and women. As often as I have heard the story of Joseph I never once thought how he might have felt, his fear, despair and hopelessness. To see how humbled the woman who washed Jesus feet was and how her shame turned to joy. My eyes were opened to the emotions of the Bible characters, this helped me to look deeper into the scripture it was referring too. This is a must read. The author brought a new perspective and insight into the Bible stories we have all read. I give this devotional 5 stars. I am thankful to The Book Club Network and the author for this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

    Where God Finds You By Anita Higman In reading Anita¿s new book

    Where God Finds You
    By Anita Higman

    In reading Anita’s new book, I flipped to the back to read “Notes from the Author” to discover her vulnerability during the writing of this book. And isn’t that so true, when we are hurting and down, God is to be able to reach in and talk to our hearts. If we open the ears of our hearts, we hear Him clearly. Anita hears him through her own words, “the unstable waters of menopause, empty nest, the illness of a loved one.” Empty Nest alone is enough to throw you under the bus!!!!

    Now I go back to the first chapters of “Where God Finds You” and read as Anita opens her heart, ears, eyes and mind to these people of the Bible. For instance, in Leah’s story, I guess I always thought of Rachel as being the wronged one, and her father did indeed pull the wool over Jacob and Rachel’s eyes. I never really stopped to think, “how did Leah feel?”…knowing her husband loved her sister more and always would and here Leah was bound to him for life.

    Or Noah’s wife, Naamah, how she felt on the Ark as it rocked and rolled, the sea sickness of not only rolling waves, but of the smell of thousands of animals, reptiles, etc. Because we see rainbows often, I saw the first Rainbow through Naamah’s eyes, the wonder of seeing the very first rainbow, painted across the sky in all its glorious colors.

    On and on, through Anita’s book she weaves stories and scripture that let’s us look in depth into that person’s feelings and how the love of Jesus stood firm, how God created us all for Him, how we may have a closer walk with Him. If we just took one chapter a day and pondered on that person of the Bible all that day, we would be saying, “oh my”. I recommend you get this book and let these devotions weave through your mind and heart, it might change how you look at each person represented, look at their hearts…travel their paths.

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  • Posted April 13, 2013

    It's hard to add any other descriptive words other that what is

    It's hard to add any other descriptive words other that what is written already about 'Where God Finds You'. I loved the way I got lost in each persons every day life as I read each one. Some came to be very real, even if they didn't have a name mentioned in the Bible, I still knew who they were from Bible stories that I had heard starting in childhood at church. This would be a wonderful book to gift friends and family with.
    “I received this book from BOOKFUN to read for my honest opinion....”

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  • Posted January 16, 2013

    I am a huge fan of Christian fiction. I believe it can change li

    I am a huge fan of Christian fiction. I believe it can change lives and makes you think about situations possibly even better than a self-help book. So when asked to review Anita’s new devotional I was very intrigued. In this devotional she tells a well-known Bible story and brings it to life by expounding on the story.

    Having been raised in church it is nice to have a new look into some old Bible stories. I love that after telling a more detailed account of the Bible story she backs it up with the direct account in the Bible. The scripture is included in each day’s devotional story. I also enjoyed the questions at the end of each devotion; it gave me something to chew on throughout my day.

    The author also includes examples of things or situations that are different from then and now. I liked this part as it really brings the Bible stories full circle for me. It also reminded me that these stories are of real people with real struggles.

    As a mom I really like that the devotions were short but filled with truth. I actually looked forward to reading the next day and it has brought life back into deep-rooted Bible stories.

    I think this devotional book would especially appeal to the type of person that doesn’t really gravitate to devotionals but enjoys Christian fiction.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    I don't know about you, but I have always wondered what the peop

    I don't know about you, but I have always wondered what the people we read about in Gods word were thinking during some of their "far from our realm of thinking" moments. I mean, really, my Daughter and I just discussed over the Christmas break, "What in the world was Mary thinking, or feeling, when the Angel came to her and said "she would be pregnant with a Son, and you will call him Jesus. He will be called the Son of the Most High God"




    What about Joseph? Seriously, I am not sure that if my Brothers threw me into a cistern to die but then instead, decided to sell me, just what I would be thinking.... But I do know, it wouldn't be good. Overtime, would I find it in my heart to forgive them? I don't know!




    Anita Higman's "Where God Finds You", is such an awesome book! There are 40 Devotions that take you into the mind and heart of Gods People. As Anita shares their stories, their lives and circumstances, you may see a bit of yourself. It might be though, that you are introduced to someone in Gods Word that you've never known. My guess is when you meet them through Anita's eyes, you will want to know more and more!




    This is a Devotional that should be in EVERY HOME! To sit and read these alone or as a family. To share them with your grandchildren or children down the street. Gods word is RELEVANT every single day! I know that as we seek HIM and HE finds us, that HE will use us just as HE has used Anita in sharing these devotions

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  • Posted December 20, 2012

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    I have always been a big user of devotionals, but it isn't very

    I have always been a big user of devotionals, but it isn't very often that I find one that really stands out from the others, but Where God Finds You is totally unique in that it each devotion is a retelling of forty stories of various characters from the Bible. Told in such a way that allowed me to relate to the characters on a whole new level. Ms. Higman shares her own insights in a down to earth very relatable manner that brings each character to life. I actually felt as if I was stepping right into the lives of each of the characters. Instead of reading this devotional from cover to cover I used the handy table of contents to read about some of my favorite Bible characters and actually read Ruth's story first because she is one of my favorite women in the Bible.
    Each devotion opens up with a scripture verse then a retelling of the Bible characters story followed up with the story from God's word which is the actual verses in which the story appears in the Bible. Then there is a segment titled The Story-from then to now which is the authors personal impression of how the story fits into today's world. Questions to Think About was perfect for me to reflect and think about what I had read.




    Overall, I think this devotional would be perfect for not only women, but men as well, would make a wonderful group study, but can also easily be used as a personal devotional,perfect for gift giving. I enjoyed how the author allowed the Bible to come to life in a whole new way for me.




    A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted November 12, 2012

    I had the privilege of reading and reviewing my first devotional

    I had the privilege of reading and reviewing my first devotional. Where God Finds You, by Anita Higman, was definitely worth it. I really enjoyed this book. It goes through forty different people in the Bible and studies them a little more in depth.

    Each chapter starts with a fictitious account of what possibly the real person in the Bible might have been feeling, saying, etc. Then she gives the actual Bible passage for the reader to read as well as digs further to explain the passage and give her thoughts. She ends with questions that we are to ask ourselves, or would also be great for a Bible study group to study and discuss together.

    I have to say. Each day that I have opened up this book and read (I’ve been reading one per day on purpose instead of just reading straight through the devotional because I wanted to read it the way the author intended), God has spoken directly to my heart. Whatever the message was for that day was exactly what I needed to hear. Either reassurance, encouragement, or a thought provoking phrase or passage. I definitely have seen some of the people in the Bible in a completely different way that I had originally when I read about them years ago.

    Ms. Higman delves into the text a little more in order to give the reader some meat to chew on, but still keeps it encouraging and applicable to today. For instance, when she wrote about Leah and her sister, Rachel, I was able to really experience the scene due to Ms. Higman’s insight. It’s all there in the Bible passage for me to have gotten just reading the Scripture by myself, but they were ideas that I didn’t notice or did not know the significance behind. When Reuben gave Leah mandrakes, I had no idea they were thought to bring about fertility. I thought he was just being nice and giving his mother flowers. (I have since found out they were even flowers, but a plant. I never would have thought to dig deeper myself had Ms. Higman not pointed that significant detail out in the text.) I won’t say more about that particular passage because I would rather you read the way Ms. Higman pulls it all together for yourself but it was really thought provoking and I’m glad to have gained more perspective on such an important passage in the Bible.

    I have already started recommending this devotional to many people. I absolutely love it. I haven’t finished it yet, (as I said, I’m reading one a day) but I didn’t want to wait to get my review out here until I had completed all forty days.

    If you decide to try this out for yourself, I would love for you to leave a comment and let me know your impressions as well. Friendship is better when dialogue is shared between friends.

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

    Where God Finds You: 40 Devotions Bringing Biblical Characters t

    Where God Finds You: 40 Devotions Bringing Biblical Characters to Life
    by Anita Higman
    When the angel visited Mary, Jesus’ mother, to tell her that God chose her to give birth to his son, she trembled with fear. Noah’s wife stood in awe of the rainbow, God’s sign of promise. The woman, who touched Jesus cloak with enough faith to be healed, humbled herself before her Lord. When I read the Bible, I try to picture how people like Rahab, Daniel or Lydia really lived. Did they have feelings like I do? What did they think? How did they deal with a lack of faith or loss of hope?
    Anita Higman answers my questions as she paints intimate portraits of forty individuals from Bible times. Through in-depth fictional character sketches and specific scripture, she creates a colorful slice of each person’s story. With emotion and clarity the writing brings the people to life as it pulls the reader in to Old and New Testament times. Complimented by the life applications and questions to ponder, each devotion offers wisdom and encouragement.
    I recommend Where God Finds You for personal or group devotions. This would also make a wonderful gift.

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  • Posted October 30, 2012

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    A New Book of Devotion and Love

    There is now a way to truly live and breathe the experiences of numerous Biblical characters. Anita Higman has recently released Where God Finds You, a collection of narrative accounts from more than forty characters from Christian scripture, and they are all there to behold and embrace. Additionally, each chapter is paired with the Biblical passage from which the narrative is derived, so the reader has a clear sense of each character's story and its relationship to the Bible's teachings. Another rewarding aspect of the book relates to questions that follow each segment that are intended to be thought provoking and informative. Higman is no stranger to the field of writing—she is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than thirty books, and her strong sense of faith makes Where God Finds You genuine in its approach, as well as its craft. If you are looking for an enjoyable, uplifting read for the holiday season, then check out Where God Finds You by Anita Higman. This book would make an excellent gift for readers who wish to gain insight into the experiences of Biblical characters and, in doing so, nurture their own appreciation for God's work through Christ.

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