Devotionals can be a powerful way to keep you in the Word daily and help you apply Scriptures to your life.
Of course, there are some light and fluffy ones out there, but there are some that delve deep into Scripture despite the short length of the book and daily readings.
Here are some devotionals that I would recommend.
Devotionals I have read
The Edges of His Ways. I found this treasure by Amy Carmichael in the lobby of my public library in a box marked “free.” It is snippets of letters and journal entries she had written throughout her life and her family edited it into a devotional after Amy’s death. It’s unique in that there isn’t a rhythm of similar word count or style for each day’s entry. It looks like this is still in print which I am thankful for so people can still purchase it. I do love my old copy of it that used to be owned by Ethel Evans…apparently!
In the Morning; Daily Meditations on Christ and His Truth by William Benjamin Ochs. I found my copy in a used book sale at Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at their annual book sale. Written in 1951, it’s a little dry, but still has a lot of depth to it. I don’t think it’s in print anymore.
Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young. I knew nothing of the controversy behind this book until well after I had read it. Allegedly, the author describes her experience of writing this book as similar to the experience of the biblical authors being inspired by the Holy Spirit. In the edition of the book I have, in the introduction, she clearly states that only Scripture is inspired by God and this book is not. So for me, I have no problem recommending it. If the controversy bothers you, then you can just skip this one.
I liked the intimacy Jesus Calling brings to familiar Scriptures. It was refreshing to hear Scripture expressed as if Jesus was speaking directly to me. I didn’t find anything that was against Scripture itself and each day’s portion is clearly marked as to what Biblical passages the day’s portion is from. Have you ever been challenged by a preacher to replace your name in John 3:16 instead of the word “world”? (For God so loved Rachel that He gave his one and only son, so that if Rachel believes in Him…) That’s what this book feels like to me.
Devotionals I haven’t read yet
My Utmost for His Highest. I’m ashamed to admit I never read this one. It’s on the top of my list to read through next year, though, especially after reading Michelle Ule’s biography Mrs. Oswald Chambers: The Woman behind the World’s Best Selling Devotional. Included in the biography was a look at popular devotionals at the time My Utmost for His Highest was published.
Daily Light for Your Daily Path was the devotional that Oswald Chambers and his wife read each morning before sunrise while sipping a cup of tea.
Streams in the Desert was written by a widow who had been a missionary in Japan and China in the early 1900s.
Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon was also popular at the turn of the century. I like the idea of both beginning and ending your day with Scripture.
What devotionals have you read? Which devotionals do you want to read? Comment below!
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