Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy Friday and "A Year With Jesus" book review

Is there a better day than Friday? I think not. Fridays are the days of anticipation, the determination that I'll be really productive over the weekend. Saturdays are my days of fun with slight guilt for not doing things I planned, and Sundays have always been the depressing "the weekend is almost over" days for me. I know- weird. It is a gloomy, rainy day here which I personally love.  It is not raining too hard to be out, but just drizzly enough for my dogs to refuse to go outside. Great day for curling up and watching movies or taking a nap.  There is just one thing stopping me.  What is that word? Oh yeah, JOB.  Sigh. Maybe tomorrow.  Tomorrow is our designated power clean day so you can imagine how excited I am about it. The one thing going for me is we are big believers in rewarding ourselves for hard work. The ideas floated around are a cheese tasting (we know how to party) or a dessert buffet.  Any brilliant ideas?

In a fortuitous blessing of my disorganization, I ran across a devotional book I requested to review, oh, six months ago.  Oops.  The blessing was I found this book in a drawer on New Year's Eve.  There is no better time to start a year long book than January 1st, no? “A Year With Jesus” by R. P. Nettelhorst is one of the first daily devotional books I have read in years.  Each day provides the actual words of Jesus through Scripture as well as the author’s words of encouragement.  If you prefer topical readings, the Table of Contents lists the readings by topics such as Arrogance and Humility or Good and Evil.  Though I only started this book with the New Year, the eleven or so readings so far have been enjoyable.  Each reading is a short (one page or less), easily digestible portion of Bible verses and reflection.  This style of devotional works for me personally as I am not easily going to stay committed to reading devotionals daily for longer than ten minutes.  (Truth: I am not going to do much of anything for more than ten minutes.)  If you like to read a quick devo to start off your day  or just before bed, I recommend you check this one out.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com (http://BookSneeze®.com) 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.”

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