Christians have long loved devotionals, but today’s Christians are also developing a strong love for fiction. They want to read stories about characters they can relate to, who experience situations similar to their own, and learn from those examples how to live out their faith. For them, life lessons are more easily absorbed this way.
21 Days of Grace fits all of these needs. It is a collection of engaging, inspirational short fiction stories written by new, intermediate, and well-known authors including Angela Hunt, Deborah Raney, Cindy Woodsmall, Cecil Murphey, Robin Bayne, and more.
Like Jesus’ parables, these stories deal with important life issues in a subtle, unpressured manner. And, as Jesus did, the authors follow up with life applications based on the stories, suggesting how the inherent lessons can be applied to the reader’s daily life.
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Compiler and editor Kathy Ide has been a published author since 1989. She has written fiction and nonfiction books and is the author of Proofreading Secrets of Best-Selling Authors. She has ghostwritten ten nonfiction books and a series of five novels. She also writes columns of writing and editing tips for blogs and newsletters. This compilation includes stories from authors Angela Hunt, Deborah Raney, Cindy Woodsmall, Cecil Murphey, Robin Bayne, and more.
Table of Contents
Foreword Rene Gutteridge 5
1 Through a Dark Glass Cindy Woodsmall 9
2 The Smallest Gift Robin Bayne 17
3 True Confession Angela Elwell Hunt 27
4 Promptly at Seven Barbara Curtis 37
5 We Called Him Happy Face Cecil Murphey 45
6 Rag Doll Kathy Ide 53
7 Prairie Lessons Deborah Raney 63
8 The Pain Redemption Roxanne Anderson 73
9 The Guilty Party Nancy Arant Williams 81
10 A House with Pillows Kathi Macias 89
11 Be Grateful in All Things Diane Simmons Dill 99
12 A Waffle Stop Story of Love and Pistols Buck Storm 107
13 The Least of These Dona Watson 115
14 Rower's Wisdom for an Empty Tank Jeanette Morris 123
15 The Setting …The Pruning … The Fruit Amarilys Gacio Rassler 131
16 Among the Shades of Gray Carolyn Bennett Fraiser 137
17 Afraid to Ask Jeanette Hanscome 145
18 Fall from Grace Tracy Higley 153
19 Thorns Nanette Thorsen-Snipes 163
20 The Mask DiAnn Mills 171
21 There and Back Lori Freeland 179
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The power of a well told story can touch a life. When Jesus wanted to get His point across, He often told a story. Stories touch hearts in a way like no other. 21 Days of Grace is a book that can do just that - touch and change hearts. Kathy Ide has collected 21 stories that speak about God's unconditional love. Each storyteller has a way of gripping your heart and getting their point across. I found this book to be an enjoyable read. I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Monday, April 3, 2017 21 Days of Grace: Stories that Celebrate God's Unconditional Love compiled by Kathy Ide, © 2015 A Fiction Lover’s Devotional series, Book 1 Fictional stories followed by brief life applications written by best-selling Christian novelists and debut authors, including Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, and Deborah Raney. Great for individual or group study. My Review: A hardcover devotional just the right size to take along with you for moments to read while you wait. Whether you are at the doctor's office or in a school zone picking up your child, you will find just the right time to read a devotional by a favorite or soon to be! author. Grace ~ Grace ~ God's Grace This is a compilation of sharings of how God has met them in their daily adventure. Twenty-one days of freedom to experience individually. These stories parallel the grace we have been given. Accepting it or placing focus only on what we have known, is the decision our choice will make ~ rejecting a burden to rely completely upon His love offered to us. You will enjoy refreshing as you also re-read these devotions and apply them for yourself, beneficial to others! Seeing with new eyes, possibilities. Honoring another, receiving help given to you, when you usually fill a need you observe in others, allows them to give. A gift to both! Each day has a life application and author introduction. There is a ribbon bookmark ready to keep your place. Short reads, but their reflective thought will stay with you. They would make a good around the table devotional for discussion over tea and scones, adding applicable Scripture examples with them. Any one of the day stories would be a good conversation opener for small gatherings to share life experiences where God has shown His grace. This little book would make a nice tuck-in gift. You may even find a new author you would like to follow after reading their fiction story here that magnifies God's unconditional love for each of us in our daily life. A snippet that will tug at your heart and stay with you long after the day has begun. ***Thank you, Celebrate Lit for including me in the book tour for 21 Days of Grace and sending a copy to me. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Twenty-one dramatic short stories “celebrate God’s unconditional love” and touch the heart. Each unique fictional piece is written by a different talented author, and they cover a variety of situations. Following each entry, a Life Application section helps the reader reflect on the situation and draw personal insights. These quality stories are peopled with authentic characters who are easy to relate to and offer life lessons. The colorful butterfly design on the cover is repeated throughout the book. This small hardcover copy includes a ribbon bookmark, and would make a nice gift. I want to read the others in this Fiction Lovers Devotional series. You don’t have to wait and read only one a day. It’s great to pick up and read a section whenever a little time is available. I received this copy from Celebrate Lit. All opinions are my own.
21 Days of Grace is another unique devotional that I have read this year. It is different in that it expresses truth through fiction. There are 21 stories written all by different authors so not only do you get a thought provoking read, but you also get a sample of each authors’ writing. Most of the authors I had not read before but there were a handful that I had and it was pleasure to read them again. The book is set up with the story, then we are given a life application, and last but not least we are given the author’s information. The stories are not long at all and I read most in less than 7-10 minutes. The book is very pretty with bright, vibrant colors and adorned with a butterfly. There is also a butterfly motif that is sprinkled throughout the book that I think makes this book even more special. What can I say; I like butterflies as they make me think of spring. I think this is a nice little collection of stories and a unique enough devotional that would make a nice gift especially for readers. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
My Thoughts One of the things that God has been reminding me of during my daily bible time - is his Grace. I struggled a lot with some issues from my past - and God shows me that his Grace has covered all. My past, my present, and my future. For that I am so thankful for. I loved this book. Each story is penned by a featured author and will warm your heart. Each devotional will give you a life application/lesson. . I received a courtesy copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program. Each opinion is my own.
First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, 21 DAYS OF GRACE is a fiction-lover's devotional. Filled with fictional stories written by best-selling novelists, Angela Hunt, Cindy Woodsmall, Deb Raney, Cecil Murphy, Kathy Ide, etal, as well as lesser-known but just as talented writers such as Robin Bayne, Roxanne Anderson, and many others. The stories range from Amish to missionary, biblical to contemporary, romance to heart-wrenching neediness. Each includes an application for us to remember and think on and a short bio about the author. I would like it if it included a verse or a portion of scripture, and maybe a prayer for us to read, but as it is, it is a wonderful gift book for fiction lovers anywhere. Shut-ins, libraries, mother's day gifts, something for your college daughter to read that isn't a text book, a gift for a sweet friend, or just about any occassion. Beautifully hard cover in bright and appealing colors, this book also includes a ribbon bookmark so you can easily save your place. A great coffee table book, too. Know a fiction lover? This devotional includes 21 stories that are sure to touch their hearts, souls and minds.
21 Days of Grace is a collection of inspirational stories compiled by Kathy Ide. For me, there were a number of familiar authors who contributed and several new ones as well. These fictional short stories touch on a number of real-life issues, such as separation from family, sudden death of a loved one, homelessness, foster children, and marital problems, to name a few. Issues that resonate in reader's hearts. Issues that God can work through and in the midst of He bestows grace and brings peace. At the end of each story, the individual author has written a short Life Application, enabling the reader to consider what the story might be saying in a more personal way. The actual book is a small hardback (easy to tuck in a purse for a quick read on the run) with a lacy border on each page and colorful butterflies throughout. It is a lovely book that would make a great gift for yourself or a friend who might just need to see the grace of God in a new and encouraging light. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via CelebrateLit. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own. This review is part of a CelebrateLit blog tour.
This is a charming little book full of inspiring stories from a variety of authors. Each story is brief and is followed by a short Life Application. I was familiar with several of the authors while others were new to me. Perfect to use as a summer devotional or to tuck in your bag for those times of waiting, 21 Days of Grace will encourage you and remind that God's touches of grace and love appear when we least expect it. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a digital copy of this book free from Kathy Ide for a blog tour. 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.”
What a unique and wonderful idea! I love Christian fiction, and I love devotionals. Kathy Ide has put together the perfect combination in this collection of short stories, fictional stories about characters who go through life-altering events--just like you do. The first story by Cindy Woodsmall is about a young wife and mother distressed because she can't go to her little sister's wedding. In the next one, Robin Bayne tells about a girl who sits at a friend's bedside while he's in a coma. Story No. 5 by Cecil Murphey talks about people in an African village learning about Jesus for the first time from a strange man with white skin. No. 6 by Kathy Ide writes about a young woman dealing with the sudden death of her fiance. I'm not going to tell you about all of them, but all have one thread in common with us: we all need that touch of grace on occasion, don't we? Other authors are Renee Gutteridge, Angela Elwell Hunt, Barbara Curtis, Deborah Raney, Roxanne Anderson, Nancy Arant Williams, Kathi Macias, Diane Simmons Dill, Buck Storm, Dona Watson, Jeanette Morris, Amarilys Gacio Rassler, Carolyn Bennet Fraiser, Jeanette Hanscome, Tracy Higley, Nanette Thorsen-Snipes, DiAnn Mills, and Lori Freeland. There's bound to be at least one author in there whose writing you know and love. With the short life application at the end of each story, this can be a daily lift for you. Try it. I promise you won't be disappointed. Oh--and the devo has a group study guide that goes with it available. Now, that sounds interesting!