Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature

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Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature by Francine Rivers

Millions of readers have been transformed and inspired by Francine Rivers’ bestselling novels Redeeming Love and A Voice in the Wind. Now, in this weekly devotional, the beloved author invites you to join her in seeking the Creator through the marvelous natural world we live in. Francine shares observations she’s gathered over a lifetime of exploring—abroad and in her own backyard—and reflects on how they might apply to your daily life. What do the majestic redwoods, the persistent woodpecker, or a glorious sunrise reveal about our artistic and generous God? How could that change your outlook or the way you handle adversity?

Stunning photography, Scripture excerpts, applications, and prayers accompany Francine’s reflections, inspiring you to be encouraged. Be challenged. Be comforted. God’s power is immense; His attention to detail is precise; His love for you is vast and unfailing. The proof is all around you.

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ISBN-13: 9781496414854
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 10/04/2016
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 86,502
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Originally a mainstream romance novelist, Francine Rivers became a born-again Christian only after she wrote her bestselling book, Redeeming Love, a novel now considered a classic of Christian fiction. She has published many other Christian fiction books since then, such as The Scarlet Thread, Unveiled, and .

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Earth Psalms

Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature


By Francine Rivers

Tyndale House Publishers

Copyright © 2016 Francine Rivers
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4964-1485-4



CHAPTER 1

Faithfulness Day & Night

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning

LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23


RICK and I get up early, and we're often treated to a sunrise casting its glow along the horizon. Early evening brings the sunset. Each winter, winds strip our oak of its broad leaves, so we can see the full blaze of glory from our deck.

Colors, so many colors. Sunrise often brings pinks, lavenders, and pale yellows that give way to pale blue above a sea of white cotton clouds. By five o'clock, the sun is going down. One night, the sky was molten hot red with streaks of fiery orange and gold. Another night, the clouds turned lavender and pink, then purple. When the sun disappeared, the sky turned indigo, then black with diamond dust tossed onto heavenly canvas.

Sunrise, sunset. Both amaze us. Each day is different, unique, rich in variant hues, with swirls of gauzy cloud designs that change shape and color by the minute-all painted by the Artist as we watch in awe.

I have come to see these times of incredible beauty as God's daily greetings, a reminder that He loves us and is ever present. We are never alone. We can speak with Him anytime, day or night. Sunrise is God's "Good morning." I can look forward to the day, knowing He will guide and protect me. As Scripture tells us, "His mercies begin afresh each morning." What a wonderful promise! Yesterday's mistakes don't carry over. Today is a new beginning, and God can open my eyes to new friends, possibilities, opportunities. And then, in the evening as the sun goes down in all its glory, God's "Good night" reassures me that I am in His hand and on His heart, and He watches over me as I sleep. Morning, evening, or in the darkest stretches of the night, He is never off duty.

Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come; 'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, And grace will lead me home.

"AMAZING GRACE"


REFLECT

What does it mean that God's mercies are new, or fresh, every day? How can remembering God's faithful presence and protection give you peace as you go about your daily activities?


APPLY

This week, make an effort to view at least one sunrise and one sunset, observing the incredible beauty of our Creator. Choose one Scripture passage to read every morning and another every evening (perhaps Lamentations 3:22-23 in the morning and Psalm 121 at night). Let these truths about God's presence, mercy, and loving protection fill your mind and influence your thoughts through the day and the night.


CONNECT WITH GOD

Lord God, I am grateful for Your amazing sunrises and sunsets, which remind me of Your love and Your presence. Thank You that Your mercies begin afresh each day. Your forgiveness allows me to begin every morning anew, ready to see what You have for me. In the evening, when I lie down to sleep, may I rest in the knowledge that You have been with me all day and will continue to watch over me.

* * *

Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives.

PSALM 90:14

CHAPTER 2

Prayer Leads to Peace

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7


In the words of Winston Churchill, "Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never." That must be the rallying call of the woodpeckers in our neighborhood, some of whom have decided the vent holes beneath our eaves are the perfect location for a new house. We've had one pesky fellow trying to widen the access to our attic. He managed to get through the wire mesh and pull out some insulation.

We wouldn't have known he was at work if he hadn't decided to put his machine-gun beak into our bedroom wall. I leapt off the Exercycle, ran to the wall, and pounded — with both fists. Silence. For one whole minute. I had no sooner returned to cycling than he was back at work. This time I ran out of the room, down the stairs, and out through the back door. He fluttered calmly away and took a break on the oak down the hill. I know he was smirking; I could feel it. I went back inside. By the time I reached the bedroom, he was back at the wall, probably laughing.

Such persistence!

He reminds me of the worries that can come rat-a-tatting at my mind, usually late at night. The doubts and fears flutter in, and I try to rat-a-tat some kind of solution. Then I remember: God is God, and I'm not. Which means I have a decision to make: keep rat-a-tatting, or let go and let God work.

We called Stan, our contractor, and he sent out Alan to cover the woodpecker's holes with metal vents. When we find ourselves drilling our own holes through constant worry, we can cover those vulnerable places with prayer, which redirects our thought processes and keeps us focused on Jesus. And in Philippians 4, God promises that when we release our worries and turn instead to prayer, He will give us His peace—peace that's beyond anything we can understand. His peace will guard our hearts and minds from the anxieties that can be as persistent as a woodpecker.

Not to be discouraged, the woodpecker has started drilling his way into the telephone pole across the street. It's a good reminder to be diligent in prayer and not let worries flutter back and nest in my head.

* * *

"Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."

ERMA BOMBECK


REFLECT

What worries are keeping you from resting in God's peace? Spend a few minutes outside (or, if it's too wet or cold, look out a window). Look for evidence of God's presence and His loving care in nature, and remember that it extends to you, too.


APPLY

This week, reread Philippians 4:6-7. When you're anxious, choose to turn away from worry and toward prayer, away from anxiety and toward God's peace.


CONNECT WITH GOD

Lord, it's so easy to fall into worry. When my fears are reverberating in my mind, help me to stop trying to fix everything myself. Teach me to turn to You in prayer, trust You to be in charge, and let Your peace reign over me.

* * *

The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.

PSALM 29:11

CHAPTER 3

Variety in Creation

Then God said, "Let the land sprout with vegetation — every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came." And that is what happened. The land produced vegetation — all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. GENESIS 1:11-12


I love walking through the produce section of our local grocery store and looking at all the apples — Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Braeburn, Fuji — all different colors and all beautiful. Did you know there are 7,500 kinds of apples in the world?

Apples are very interesting.

Every seed in an apple contains genetic instructions for a completely new and different apple tree. Though it seems counterintuitive, if you plant seeds from a Honeycrisp apple, the resulting tree will not produce Honeycrisp apples. The fruit could be large or small, tart or sweet, crisp or soft. The only way to reproduce one particular variety is to graft its branch onto another tree. This extreme variability is called heterozygosity, and this aspect of apples gives these trees the ability to make their home everywhere — from California to New Zealand or Kazakhstan. Every human being is unique, because we are heterozygous too.

Not only do apples smell and taste good, they are one of the many miracles of God's creation. Every single apple tree grown from a seed produces apples different in color, smell, and taste from those on any other tree. Over time, people have picked a few favorites out of God's vast crop and grafted the trees to reproduce them. Now we know what we're getting. No surprises.

That's not God's way. He loves variety in apples and in people. In Psalm 104, the psalmist exclaims, "O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!" (v. 24). The Creation account in Genesis 1 details the array of plants and creatures God made — "all sorts" of vegetation and animals, not to mention birds of the air and creatures of the sea. He could have created a much simpler natural world, but instead He made one that overflows with color, variety, and original design. And He has created humans with the same variety as well. While our culture might tell us that we have to look a certain way to be attractive, act a certain way to be well-liked, or own certain things to be successful, that boring sameness doesn't reflect God's ideal. We can revel in being part of His wonderfully varied creation.


"Whenever I am a field or outdoors, there steals over me the acute consciousness that I am confronted on every hand by the superb workmanship of my Father. It is as if every tree, rock, river, flower, mountain, bird, or blade of grass had stamped upon it the indelible label, 'Made by God.'"

PHILLIP KELLER


REFLECT

In what ways do you think our culture encourages sameness? Why? How does variety in appearance, attitudes, talents, and personality reflect God's character?


APPLY

This week, observe the differences in the people around you. Do you find it difficult to appreciate any of their characteristics — or any of your own? Ask God to help you value the amazing variety of His creation.


CONNECT WITH GOD

Lord, at times I feel pressure to fit in with those around me. It can seem like there's only one right way to look or act. I'm so grateful that You created the world with remarkable variety-far beyond what was functional or needed, but solely for Your own pleasure and ours! Help me to value that variety in myself and others, marveling in the richness of Your creativity.


O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!
In wisdom you have made them all.
The earth is full of your creatures.
Here is the ocean, vast and wide,
teeming with life of every kind,
both large and small
.

PSALM 104:24-25

CHAPTER 4

Protective Father

The Lord your God is going ahead of you. He will fight for you, just as you saw him do in Egypt. And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child. Now he has brought you to this place.

DEUTERONOMY 1:30-31


Some years ago, while working at our warehouse, Rick called me on the intercom and said a mother quail was out back with her chicks. I came running, and we watched from the delivery doorway as the quail pecked for seeds and bugs among the grass behind our building. The chicks scurried around their mother like little puffs of tan cotton, unaware of us — or of danger lurking close by.

We spotted a cat crouched and sneaking toward them. Rick was about to grab an airplane gear to heave at the predator when we both heard a high-pitched chirrup from somewhere above us. The mother quail immediately spread her wings, the chicks fled beneath, and she flattened to the ground — motionless, protecting her babies with her body, and perfectly camouflaged in the grass. We stared, amazed. Then, out of nowhere, the father quail appeared. He had been perched on the edge of the roof next door, watching and ready to signal any danger. Down he came, right at that cat. Bam! Startled, the cat jumped back. Again the male defended his family, and the frightened cat took off.

We had just witnessed a living example of what God our Father is like. Like the father quail, He watches from a high place and sees everything going on around us. He warns us when danger approaches and knows how to fight the battle to protect us from the evil one, just as He did for the Israelites entering the Promised Land. God is also our shelter, like the mother quail spreading her wings over her chicks. We can run to Him, knowing that we are safe in His presence.

God loves us with an everlasting love, and He is worthy of our complete trust. So when we hear Him warning us of danger, we need to act quickly in obedience. As Psalm 17:8 says, He will hide us in the shelter of His wings. We can rest there without fear, knowing that He is in control.

'Under His wings I am safely abiding;
Though the night deepens and. tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him — I know He will keep me;
He has redeemed me and I am His child
.

"UNDER HIS WINGS I AM SAFELY ABIDING"


REFLECT

How have you seen God protect you or others in the past? What dangers might He be warning you about? How can you turn to Him when trouble comes?


APPLY

This week, when you face a challenging situation, remember that you live in God's protection. Let your first reaction be to run to Him for security.


CONNECT WITH GOD

Lord God, thank You for watching over me, for warning me when danger is near, and for protecting me. Help me never to forget how much You care for me. I trust You, Lord. I want to run to You when trouble comes.


Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways.
By your mighty power you rescue
those who seek refuge from their enemies.
Guard me as you would guard your own eyes.
Hide me in the shadow of your wings
.

PSALM 17:7-8


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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction, IX,
1 FAITHFULNESS DAY AND NIGHT Sunrises and Sunsets, 1,
2 PRAYER LEADS TO PEACE The Woodpecker, 5,
3 VARIETY IN CREATION Apples, 9,
4 PROTECTIVE FATHER Quail, 13,
5 SPREADING THE GOOD NEWS Dandelions and Tumbleweeds, 17,
6 HARD WORK Ants, 21,
7 COMMUNITY MATTERS Redwoods, 25,
8 WATER IN THE DESERT Stenocara Beetle, 29,
9 A LIGHT FOR OUR PATH Fog, 33,
10 CALL TO CONFESSION A Hobbled Seagull, 37,
11 AN OPPORTUNITY FOR JOY Lilacs, 41,
12 SEEKING SECURITY Squirrels, 45,
13 PRAYERS LIKE INCENSE Enchanting Sweet Peas, 49,
14 LEARNING GENEROSITY Hercules and the Mouse, 53,
15 GOD'S THOUGHTFUL CREATION Irises and Geraniums, 57,
16 LESSONS IN RISK TAKING The Turtle, 61,
17 PLANTING SEEDS OF FAITH Pansies, 65,
18 RESPONDING WITH THANKS Crows and a Hawk, 69,
19 SLOW AND STEADY TRANSFORMATION Glaciers, 73,
20 SOMETHING SMALL IN GOD'S HANDS Earthworms, 77,
21 FOLLOWING THE GOOD SHEPHERD Sheep, 81,
22 TESTING THE BOUNDARIES Goats, 85,
23 GLORIOUS CREATION Tulips, 89,
24 GODLY PROTECTION Umbrella Pines, 93,
25 STAYING CLOSE TO THE MASTER Cats and Dogs, 97,
26 PRUNING BRINGS GROWTH Trees, 101,
27 HEEDING GOD'S WARNINGS Riptides and Undertows, 105,
28 FAITHFUL TO THE END Geese, 109,
29 WAITING ON GOD The Sleepy Dogwood, 113,
30 UNENDING FAITHFULNESS Storks, 117,
31 THE MIRACLE OF PRAYER Inside Passage, 121,
32 SEEKING THE TRUE LIGHT Moths, 125,
33 UPROOTING SIN Scotch Broom, 129,
34 ENCOURAGED TO FLY Hawks, 133,
35 LIVING BY FAITH Sprouts, 137,
36 TRUE FRIENDSHIP Crab Spiders and Honeybees, 141,
37 LIVING WATER God Green, 145,
38 REJECTING EVIL, EMBRACING GOOD Gophers, 149,
39 ANCHORED IN CHRIST Roots, 153,
40 FED BY GOD'S WORD Flamingos, 157,
41 DESIGNED BY GOD Potatoes, 161,
42 THE POWER OF TWO Horses, 165,
43 LETTING GOD BE THE JUDGE Icebergs, 169,
44 LAYING ASIDE WORRY Swifts and Swallows, 173,
45 STRENGTH THROUGH STRUGGLE Butterflies, 177,
46 TRUSTING GOD'S PROVISION Blue Jays, 181,
47 RESCUED FROM SIN Venus Flytrap, 185,
48 SEEKING HUMILITY Turkey Walk, 189,
49 PURSUING PEACE Doves, 193,
50 GODLY DIVERSITY Beetles, 197,
51 A FIRM FOUNDATION Sand, 201,
52 BELIEVING IN THE UNSEEN Autumn Colors, 205,
About the Authors, 209,
Image Credits, 211,

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Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers with Karin Stock Buursma is a book of reflections on how God speaks through nature. There are fifty-two reflections to be read one per week for a year or each reflection to be read each day. This book is a wonderful collection of scriptures, messages of wisdom, and gorgeous photographs of nature. Each one is skillfully arranged with the photos enhancing the reflection. Each reflection begins with a scripture and Francine’s message on that particular reflection. At the end of each is a paragraph for Reflect, Apply, and Connect with God, often followed by another scripture. Throughout she includes quotations from famous persons. These are truly inspiring, and one could be read and studied several times throughout the week, before continuing to the next. These also could be read by topic, using the Contents at the front of the book. For example, there are titles such as Waiting on God, Uprooting Sin, Laying Aside Worry, Seeking Humility, and Pursuing Peace whenever one is seeking a certain guidance. I highly recommend this amazing book with timely messages and beautiful pictures. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
I have always been in awe of God's wonderful creations and Francine Rivers' book of 52 devotions highlights them beautifully. A devotion each week gives time to reflect and think on what it says and means in your own life and will carry you through a whole year. The pictures are breathtaking in their subjects and colors. Some of the titles include: Variety in Creation, Prayers Like Incense, Planting Seeds of Faith and The Power of Two just to name a few. Each devotion begins with scripture then follows with the body, that relates to the title. There's a Reflect to ask questions to get you thinking, Apply to make it personal in your life and Connect With God to end in a prayer. Also interspersed throughout are additional scripture and quotes from many well known people. The outdoors brings me closer to God than any other place and the photos are almost like being there myself. This would also make a great gift for anyone with its nice hard bound, colorful cover. I highly recommend this 208 page "reflections on how God speaks through nature". I received this book from the publisher through Bookfun and was not required to write a review positive or otherwise.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Francine Rivers is remarkable in my estimation. Her approach to living a godly life through nature and personal experiences is refreshing to say the least. She has connected scripture with nature and a Bible study that is impressive. Of the many devotional books I've read over the years, this is by all means my favorite. The author approaches the intimate feelings that we know and recognize, and offers scripture and lessons from her own personal experiences to make this a very personal journey, with prayer as a focus. Reflection, application and connecting with God are examples that reinforces the beautiful stories and photographs from our natural and awesome surroundings. I highly recommend this book of reflections. I will be reading this again and again. Disclaimer: I received this book as a gift. All opinions are my own, and no compensation was received for this review.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Earth Psalms: Reflections On How God Speaks Through Nature by Francine Rivers Earth Psalms is a 52 week Bible Devotional that is very different than other devotionals I have. The cover is beautiful and invites one to open the book and pursue the pages within. From the introduction, Francine Rivers encourages the reader to “look at the world God created....search for the subtle messages that will expand your love for Him and your desire for a closer relationship with Him”. Within this devotional she has provided glimpses of His messages to each of us. The pages are broken into weekly readings with brief observations from Francine's own reflections coupled with: 1) Bible verse 2) devotional reading 3) a relevant quotation 4) questions for reflection 5) suggestion for application 6) a prayer 7) an ending Scripture verse Intermixed within these pages are gorgeous photography, enhancing God's creative glory with awe and majesty. (I read through this quickly for my review, even though I am just getting it posted)...I am now on week 10, the Scripture verse for today is one of my favorites: Isaiah 40:31 KJV....”But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”..... I am looking forward to discovering God's messages each day/week as I walk closer to Him. I highly recommend Earth Psalms to those seeking a closer walk with God. ~I received a copy of the book from the author via TBCN, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
MAHake More than 1 year ago
A beloved novelist has penned a stunning nature devotional. The 52 entries, accompanied by gorgeous photos, are designed to be used as weekly inspirational readings. The author invites readers to observe and reflect along with her. Animals, plants, insects, and weather all evoke meaningful messages. Appropriate Bible verses and quotations are included, along with some interesting facts about the subjects addressed. The lovely hardcover book has golden ribbon to mark your place. This is a treasure to be enjoyed more than once. The Table of Contents includes a list of subjects along with each entry’s title. I highly recommend this for yourself and to give as a gift. I received this book through Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
First off it is a beautiful hardcover, bookshelf keeper of a book. This is not a date specific devotion book – each chapter is on a different subject so you can pick certain ones and not have to go in order if you wish. I say “chapter” lightly since each is only 3 pages or so long. Included in each devotion is the beautiful nature pictures that correspond to the reflections. I love the coordinating Bible verses for each one and the little note of how to apply that day’s lesson to your life. This has been one of my favorite devotional/reflection books I have ever received!! The pictures are colorful and of the nature that God has given us to admire! Rolling hills, tiny flowers, baby birds, various animals in the wild, just every imaginable beyond beautiful setting! I highly recommend this as your personal book or a very fabulous idea for a gift. I received this book from Bookfun.org. This is my honest opinion.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Earth Psalms by author Francine Rivers is a breathtakingly beautiful book. Not only are the pictures lovely but the devotions written to accompany them are beautifully inspiring. This hardcover book published by Tyndale is one of the nicest I have seen. Author Rivers includes bible verses, poems, songs, quotes and inspiring devotionals to inspire and encourage readers. She has included 52 devotions so readers could read one a week for a year. The message in each one is designed to be powerful enough to ponder and apply throughout the week. This book is extremely well written, just like Ms. Rivers' novels are. The message is clear and heartfelt. It is well planned and organized. Each devotion is four pages and has beautiful pictures to go along with it. Ms. Rivers includes her personal message or how she relates to it. I loved that personal touch. There is also a section to help readers apply it to their lives and a prayer to encourage a closer Walk with God. The topics were inspired by nature, plants and animals. It gives glory to God for His creations. Little facts about the subjects in the pictures are sprinkled throughout the book as are portions of hymns. After reading a part of a hymn I would want to sing it throughout the day. This is a small but mighty book. It is a devotional but could definitely be left on the coffee table. It would make a nice weekly book club or women's study. This would be a lovely birthday, Valentine, Easter, or any time gift. More importantly it is a wonderful devotional, and I highly recommend this book. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Earth Psalms by Francine Rivers was a beautiful read. It was God-inspired and just lovely in every aspect – from the beautiful pictures and hymns scattered throughout to the fun facts I learned about nature that I didn’t know. I found it fascinating about the apple trees and the day my son was drawing redwoods, I turned into the devotional and learned about redwoods. How’s that for a personal God? I received this book for free from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are mine.
annelr More than 1 year ago
With Earth Psalms, beloved author, Francine Rivers, has written a marvelous devotional of reflections on the world God created for his children to enjoy and learn from. In a partnership with Karin Stock Buursma, Rivers hope is that the messages within will encourage readers, encourage them to desire a closer relationship with God and encourage them to deepen their love for God. The book is beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, depicting the message of each chapter. Each weekly lesson begins with scripture and ends with a prayer to connect with God. There are also thoughts of reflection and application in each chapter as well as related quotes and hymns throughout the book. A wonderful addition to one's devotional walk with God and to give as a gift to encourage others to see the countless blessings God has given us. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
I’m a collector of devotionals. I enjoy how each one is distinct in character, often times emphasizing something within myself, and Earth Psalms greatly appeals to my love of God, nature, and photography. With 52 devotions, I can reflect upon—savoring fully through verse and illustration—one aspect of God’s creation for seven days. Not only are the short reflections applicable to everyday life, the photography is stunningly beautiful! I highly recommend Earth Psalms. It brings into focus who God is with its peaceful and contemplative nature. This would make a lovely gift for anyone. Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy. No compensation has been received.
SouthernGalLovestoRead More than 1 year ago
Francine Rivers' Earth Psalms is a beautiful book -- both visually and in its inspiring contents. The book contains 52 devotionals -- one for each week of the year. Each devotional begins with a short passage of scripture and ends with a verse or two from the book of Psalms. In between you will find an inspiring story from nature, beautiful photography, and some combination of uplifting quotes, hymn lyrics, and interesting facts. I didn't know I could learn so much or be so challenged by stories of earthworms, turtles, pansies, and such, but that is exactly what happened as I read the book. Francine used her awesome writing talent to transform her accounts of ordinary things and simple events into profound thoughts that bring encouragement and joy. Reading through this book in just a few sittings was very enjoyable and thought-provoking. But I really look forward to going back through it at a much slower pace, putting more time and meditation into the reflections and applications that Francine suggests at the end of each devotional. I highly recommend Earth Psalms to anyone interested in simple, yet profound, lessons from God's Word and his creation. Each devotional is a short, quick read but provides enough "food for thought" to last much longer. Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for providing a copy of this book. I am happy to share my own thoughts about the book in this review.
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Earth Psalms: Reflections on How God Speaks through Nature by Francine Rivers, is a beautiful full color devotional book featuring a variety of nature inspired photographs. This hybrid book - part devotional and part photography- has full color, vibrant nature photography side by side scripture and biblical devotionals. This book, by Rivers, is a unique, one of a kind way to start each day with a moment of spiritual relaxation and inspiration. It teaches the reader to pose and ponder the greatness of God through the creative world that is all around. Even in the midst of stress or suffering or day to day work and responsibilities- this book shows the reader that God's glory can peer through anything that we may face with our daily struggles or busy lives. This book will appeal to all readers. Even those who are not nature enthusiasts will find peace and relaxation when integrating this book as part of their daily prayer life and biblical study. As a blogger for Tyndale I received a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book the very day it came in the mail. The photo on this hardback book doesn't even begin to do justice to the interior photography and design. It is packed with the most amazing pictures of God's creation and little tidbits of information concerning each creature displayed. It contains Scripture, songs, quotes and inspiring devotionals that will encourage and lift your spirit. I have enjoyed reading many of them and look forward to reading the rest. Every day Francine comes up with a great observations that come from the time she has spent considering the world around her. At the end of each day she gives a chance for reflection, application, and time to connect with God. The photographs of nature included are just awe inspiring. They are scattered on almost every page in the book along with a lovely border on the edge of the pages. This would make a great gift, or just an attractive coffee table centerpiece. It can be used as a devotional, or maybe just a pick-me-upper with your afternoon tea or coffee. I would highly recommend you get a copy of this for yourself and a friend! I would love to give some away at Christmas. I was privileged to receive this book in exchange for my honest opinion from the Tyndale Blogger Program.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
Francine Rivers has been an author enjoyed by many in her countless books. In this book, Earth Psalms: Reflections On How God Speaks Through Nature, she offers fifty two devotions of her observations and thoughts on God through the marvelous wonders of His creation. She points out that our observations can change our outlook and even the way in which we handle adversity. Each of the devotions includes a reflection, an application and a prayer to inspire us to look around, be attentive, and take notice of God’s handiwork all around us. The book is filled with spectacular photos, quotes, and facts about nature that are thought provoking. Topics included are prayer, community, planting seeds, thanksgiving, God’s protection, faith, friendship, and several more – all causing us to stop and think more deeply. We need devotionals which help us to see God in the midst of our day and in all that is around us. When we live in Him, study His Word, and pattern our lives after His, we receive all the “nutrients” we need to grow. We are built up and strengthened. His living water sustains and instructs us. And as time goes by, we become more firmly entrenched in Him, so that we can endure whatever comes. We are evergreen. (from page 154) This book is a beautiful hardcover bound in such a way to make a lovely gift sure to bless and encourage any reader. ***Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am disclosing this as required by Federal Trade Commission.