40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages

40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages

by Laurie Polich Short

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Many of us have our "go to" verses. The ones we memorize, post on social media, and hang on our walls. But sometimes we need a fresh word or promise for the season we find ourselves in--something that ignites our faith in the face of fear, doubt, loneliness, insecurity, or overwhelming circumstances.

In this powerful, accessible new book, author and speaker Laurie Short mines the Scriptures, revealing insights and promises from 40 verses we often overlook. Digging in to these "in between" verses, she unearths fresh wisdom, guidance, and encouragement that will help you seek and experience God in new, dynamic ways. From trusting God's timing, to not worrying about the future, to holding on to faith when things look dark, the hidden insights found in these verses will help you navigate the challenges that cross your path, breathe new life into your weary soul, and ignite your faith once again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493417414
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 397,595
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Laurie Polich Short is a popular speaker and author. She speaks at conferences, colleges, churches, and denominational events around the country and has been featured on PBS, Focus on the Family, World magazine, and more. Find out more at www.laurieshort.com.
Laurie Polich Short is a popular speaker, author, and part of the teaching team at Ocean Hills Covenant Church in Santa Barbara, California. She speaks at conferences, colleges, churches, and denominational events around the country, and she has been featured on PBS, Focus on the Family, World magazine, and more. Find out more at www.laurieshort.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

1 Genesis 3:3 The Subtle Insertion of Doubt 13

2 Genesis 16:2 Moving ahead of God's Timing 17

3 Genesis 16:13 Never Alone 21

4 Genesis 41:1 Remembering and Living Our Waits 25

5 Exodus 3:12 The Sign Comes after You Obey 29

6 Exodus 16:19 Manna, Maggots, and Trust 33

7 Exodus 32:1 The Temptation to Find Another God 37

8 Numbers 13:27-28 The Bats That Steer Our Faith 41

9 Deuteronomy 10:13 For Our Own Good 45

10 Joshua 1:7 Not Turning to the Right or Left 49

11 Judges 7:2 Too Much of You Is Not Enough of God 53

12 1 Samuel 3:10 Hearing God's Voice 57

13 2 Samuel 11.1 The Decisions before the Decision 61

14 1 Kings 17:3-4 Elijah's School of Faith 65

15 1 Chronicles 17:23 The Courage to Pray for the Bigger Story 69

16 Esther 4:14 The Story within the Story 73

17 Job 1:8 God's Affection in Our Trials 77

18 Job 42:3 Seeing Our Life in Context 81

19 Psalm 131:2 A Weaned Faith 85

20 Psalm 143:5 Looking Back for Our Future 89

21 Ecclesiastes 5:15 Nothing You Can Carry 93

22 Ecclesiastes 11:5 God's Activity 97

23 Isaiah 30:21 The Voice behind You 101

24 Isaiah 50:11 Lighting Your Own Fires 105

25 Jeremiah 29:5 Build Houses and Settle In 109

26 Jeremiah 31:33 The Writing on Our Hearts 113

27 Ezekiel 37:3 The God Who Breathes Life and Hope 117

28 Jonah 1:5 Running Away from God 121

29 Jonah 3:4 The Small Step God Can Use 125

30 Habakkuk 3:17-18 Defiant Faith 129

31 Matthew 1:6 Goodness Is Not Forgotten 133

32 Matthew 11:2-3 When Circumstances Bring Doubt 137

33 Mark 2:5 The Answer You Weren't Looking For 141

34 Luke 22:32 When You Have Turned Back 145

35 John 11:35 The God Who Weeps 149

36 John 20:21 Sent with Our Wounds 153

37 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 The Power of Our Thorns 157

38 Ephesians 1:18-19 The Eyes of Our Heart 161

39 Philippians 1:12 Trusting the Greater Plan 165

40 1 John 4:12 Making the Invisible God Visible 169

Acknowledgments 173

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40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
summer_no9 14 days ago
This book was an incredible writing, encouraging and compelling to read with that also challenging us by used 40 verses to helping us to go deeper and more understanding in every corner and detail with a new confidence, out of your fear and getting closer to God than you never think before. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Bethany House for this review”.
Doodles_in_the_Margin 18 days ago
40 verses to Ignite Your Faith is not your typical devotional. The author takes verses that are often overlooked and shows the reader that there is meat in all of God’s word not just in the well known go to verses. Most devotionals are focused on well known sections of the Bible that everyone can relate to but 40 verses to Ignite Your Faith shows 40 verses that are just a easy to relate to. Each devotional is about three pages long and covers a variety of topics like The Subtle Insertion of Doubt, Moving Ahead of God’s Timing, Hearing God’s Voice, The Decisions before the Decision, The Story Within the Story, The Writing om Our Hearts, Running Away from God, When Circumstances Bring Doubt and The God Who Weeps. Each devotional consists of a story and has a memorable quote from the devotion like “If we never give God the things we have, we will never know what God could have done with them”. At the end of each devotional there are a set of three reflection questions. I loved 40 verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Poloch Short. I loved how it brought to light how much is right in front of us that we overlook. My favorite and most inspiring quote from this book is “Be careful when you think ‘Someone should do something’ It may end up being you” I highly recommend this book to all readers. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Bethany House Blogger 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’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Julie12 21 days ago
I got so much out of this book! It has verses from the Bible that we might skim over or not realize the really profound insights that they provide to us. I highlighted extensively throughout this book - in fact, there's more highlighting than white space in my book now! I gained so much from these 40 verses that Laurie shares. She focuses on so many things that we deal with on a daily basis. The why's of why we suffer, the how's of navigating everyday life, and our relationship with God and others. I was brought to a greater understanding of God's ways and how to react when certain things do happen. I especially loved the 3 questions that she asked us after each chapter. These questions helped me to really dig deep about the verse she shared and how I can apply the Biblical truth to my own life. I always love books that give us the tools to apply God's precepts to our own life. This is a wonderful book that I would recommend to anyone that wants to grow in their relationship with God and to grow in their faith. In fact, I did recommend it to my doctor who purchased it and loved it as well. She was as intrigued as I was with learning more about these particular verses of the Bible. I highly recommend it to you, as well. *This book was provided to me by Bethany House. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Ellie_19 24 days ago
I enjoyed this book very much. Every chapter focuses on one "lesser-known" Bible verse and what we can learn from it. I used this in my quiet time, however it could be used in a group setting as well. Each chapter is only a few pages long, but there is just enough to make you think. I thought the questions at the end of each chapter were OUTSTANDING and would be great to discuss in a small group setting. I will be keeping this on my shelf for future use and plan to give a couple of copies as gifts. I recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Leonas_Lines 26 days ago
Review of 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Polich Short In this book Laurie Polich Short offers what she says are "Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages" in the bible. Laurie shares 40 scriptures taken from the Old and New Testaments that are often overlooked or obsure verses, and shows us how they might be relatable to our lives today. She deals with doubt, God's timing, aloneness, waiting, obedience, trust, tempations, faith, decisions, prayer, sorrow and much more. As you read through this book of "40 Verses"you will surely find many that you can relate to, and many that will encourage and uplift you. For instance, some chapters titles are: "Moving Ahead of God's Timing", "The Courage to Pray for a Bigger Story", "Running Away from God", "The Answer You Weren't Looking For", and more. You are sure to find many relatable chapters in this book. This book not only lists the scriptures and Laurie's messages regarding them, but it also has Reflection questions on each verse which help the reader to ponder over each meaning and apply what was learned to their own life. I would recommend this book as a great daily devotional or as a bible study for a church or home group. It is a book that will not be just read once and forgotten, but will be a resource to read and glean from many times over. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own. --Leona J. Atkinson
BrittanyMc 3 months ago
I have enjoyed adding these devotions to my daily Bible reading. It was very interesting to see which verses the author of this study chose to dig into. I also found myself surprised at times to see what she drew out of the verses and how I had not connected them with certain topics that she had. These devotions definitely made me think and study the settings that each verse was in, so that I could understand them in context. I think that this book could be a good addition to Bible study for both men and women. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Anonymous 3 months ago
The 40 verses That Laurie Polich Short writes about in this splendid book are lesser-known Scripture verses. But she unearths fresh wisdom and encouragement from each of them. I have been busy highlighting and underscoring these verses and making notes in the margins of my Bible. Before retiring I preached, taught Bible classes for the church and taught extension courses in Bible for Pepperdine University. In all that time, I didn't spend much time with these 40 verses. Laurie Polich Short has helped me to see what I missed. These verses and her insights have been a blessing to me. I agree with comedian Kerri Pomarolli who wrote: "Laurie Polich Short has a way of making every reader feel as if they are having an intimate one-on-one chat with a friend. She writes with clear messages and thought-provoking questions that make us think and ponder biblical truths in a new, enlightening way." You can look these verses up in Bible commentaries and be blessed by what theologians think about them. And I have done that with most of them. But I feel I have received a double blessing by having these insights from Laurie. I like what pastor and author, John Burke said, "Laurie's life experience gives her great wisdom in bringing insight to life from Scripture verses we often miss, and these insights will deeply encourage your walk of faith."
LLangley 3 months ago
Laurie Polich Short's new book, 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith:Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages, proves to be a gem. She takes forty "in-between" verses and helps readers better understand how God works. She helps readers graspt the fact that God often speaks in a whisper rather than a shout, and He uses our fears, disappointments, and difficulties, as well as what seems to be His own silence, to draw us into a closer relationship with Himself. In fact, Short goes as far as to say that sometimes God risks our belief in order to deepen our undrstanding of who He is and how He works. 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith is broken down into forty short chapters. But don't think this is a book you can just whizz through. Each chapter deserves to be chewed on and puzzled over until the truths of God's Word sink deep down into your soul. Short biblically and masterfully deals with topics like doubt, growing trust in God that's bigger than what you have now, courage to see the biggeer story, learning the lessons God has for us in times of exile, and the power in our thorns. At the end of each short chapter, Short also includes some reflection questions to help readers really grasp the faith-building truths of those "in-between" verses. If you're looking for something different, and you're willing to spend some time thinking through some of the less familiar passages to discover some hard, but rewarding biblical truths, pick up this book and take some time working through it. Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for this honest review: However, the opinions expressed are my own.
Natonito 3 months ago
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Bethany Books. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] This book is an example, and a very worthwhile example, of the benefits of having a woman write a book about the Bible that is not only directed at women. All too often Christian books written by women are aimed only at women and do not even attempt to be of interest to whatever men would happen to pick them up. This book, though, is definitely an exception to that particular trend, and that is a very good thing. The author writes with a clear sense of purpose (to encourage and stir up the reader with stories of faith and God’s providential care) and she goes well beyond the familiar verses and passages for most believers. All of this combines for a book that is short but deeply interesting and certainly surprising. Since people struggle with worry, trusting God’s timing, dealing with weariness and challenges in life, this book certainly has a strongly practical bent in terms of what the author is seeking to help for others. To be sure, if people read the Bible often, they would be familiar with these stories, but perhaps a book like this can encourage readers to dig a bit deeper beyond their favorite passages. To be sure, within this short book of less than 200 pages the author manages to discuss passages from the wide range of scripture. The first nine passages come from the law (the first four from Genesis alone). After that there are plenty of passages from the writings and prophets, including two from Jonah. Fully 3/4 of the material of the book comes from the Hebrew Scriptures, a remarkable percentage for Christian books, which often tend to neglect these areas. The last ten of the verses come from the New Testament, with six of them from the Gospels and three of them from the Pauline epistles, which are probably among the more familiar areas where the author discusses passages. It should be noted that the author does as good job at finding obscure passages–one of the passages included is from Isaiah 50 and discusses the folly of lighting our own fires. Other passages explore affliction, some lessons from relatively obscure Psalms, and the sorrow of God and of believers and how it was dealt with. Overall, one could always want more from a book like this, but that suggests there is room perhaps for a sequel. One of the more worthwhile aspects of this book is the way that the author weaves her own life story and her own personal experiences into this book in a way that is pervasive but thankfully never obtrusive. For example, the long period of singlehood by the author makes her more compassionate for those who feel isolated and alone (and that is a great many people) than many writers are whose life experience has been more fortunate in that regard. When the author speaks about Job, for example, she focuses on the beginning and end. There are certainly some lessons she could have drawn but did not–she misses the chance in talking about Exodus 16 and the maggots in the manna to discuss the importance of Sabbathkeeping. That said, the book does accomplish what the author sets out to do and that is present a generally obscure and passionately discussed selection of Bible verses and passages from all over the Bible. Again, there are plenty of verses and passages that could have been included in this work, which means there is plenty more for the author to write about and discuss in future volumes.
JViola79 4 months ago
When we need encouragement, we often open our Bibles to search out the familiar, the underlined, and the noted. Often we read in a lesser known version in the hopes of a new insight. We long for a fresh promise for the current season we are living. In her latest book, 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith, Laurie Polich Short brings insights from lesser known verses to encourage us in our journeys with God and life. There are forty devotionals taking us through forty verses we can easily miss as we read some of the well known stories or oft quoted verses. Hidden in these lesser known verses we uncover a gentle whisper and insight which will broaden our understanding of who God is and the way He works in the lives of His people. “The lesser know Scriptures that we pass over can help us discover new angles that can breathe life into our faith.” (from page 12) Each chapter is a short reading, making this book a wonderful forty day devotional. There are several questions included at the close of each chapter for deeper reflection that can be used both personally or in a group for discussion. This was a new to me author and her writing style was authentic, easily understood, and richly encouraging. 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith will refresh and renew your faith by bringing insight to the hidden and in between verses we often overlook. *I received this book from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
connywithay 4 months ago
“My hope is that the insights in this book will provide you with new confidence when you experience the fear, disappointment, and silence that play an integral part of your relationship with God,” Laurie Polich Short writes in the introduction of her book, 40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith: Surprising Insights from Unexpected Passages. ~ What ~ At one-hundred-and-seventy-three-pages, this small paperback targets those who enjoy reflections from mostly obscure verses in the Bible and how they can be applied to everyday living. Using mainly the New International Version of the Holy Bible, also referenced are the ESV, NASB, and NLT. After a table of contents and introduction, this book contains forty chapters, each one being three pages long with a title at the top of the page and a Bible verse written out. Several paragraphs follow related to the topic. Each chapter’s ending contains three questions of reflection regarding the topic that are applicable to the reader. In the same order as the Bible, thirty verses of the Old Testament begin in Genesis and include ten from the New Testament that cover Matthew to I John. Some of the discussions are about the fall of mankind, the Israelites wandering in the desert, Samuel hearing God’s voice, Job’s trials, psalms and Ecclesiastes, Jonah running from God, John the Baptist’s questioning, Jesus weeping, and Paul’s imprisonment to name a few. Some viewpoints mentioned are that God gives second chances, everything is in His timing, leaning on Him is best, and He often leads us silently from behind. ~Why ~ I appreciate devotionals that have little information about the author but focus on God, and this book does that, rarely mentioning herself. The topics are short and to the point, easy to be read in a few minutes. The author explains the verses and summarizes circumstances surrounding them and how they can be applied to us today in regard to worry, fear, doubt, insecurity, hope, trust, and more. I like the way the three questions at the end of each chapter are asked, often deep in concept. One of my favorite chapters was on Esther 4:14 titled “A Story within the Story” about how the new queen was already involved in protecting the Jews without knowing it. To become the deliverer of her people, she had to overcome her fear while giving up her silence. The questions cover God’s purpose in our lives, looking back on past situations, and considering the gifts, talents, and positions God has given us. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not want to get a book that focuses on having more faith and trust in the Almighty by reviewing rogue verses. Others may wish there were more than forty verses. ~ Wish ~ Although I love the format of this book, I wish more verses were included and that short prayers were added with applicable Bible readings. ~ Want ~ If you like reading lesser-known Bible verses and applying them to your daily walk with Christ, this would make an excellent choice or gift for someone who needs encouragement via Biblical resources. Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
TracyFritts1974 4 months ago
I truly enjoyed reading 40 verses to Ignite your faith. It was well written and well thought out. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.