Though Iâ€™m not much into â€˜chick-litâ€™ unless itâ€™s fiction by Kristin Billerbeck or bible character studies by Liz Curtis Higgs, when â€œTrusting God: A Girlfriends in God Faith Adventureâ€ advance reading copy was offered on Blogging for Books, I thought, â€œHey! A devotional for women...and a sneak peek before itâ€™s even off the presses!â€ And so began the two night cram session of stuffing twelve weeks worth of devotionals into only a few hours. The setup made for easy perusing as each week includes five devotional readings, alternately written by Jaynes, Smith, and Southerland, that are a page or two (on a rare occasion, three) in length, each ending with a short, contemplative prayer. Each week is concluded on the sixth day of the week by a â€œNow Itâ€™s Your Turnâ€ section where Girlfriends in God (GiGs) groups (or individuals with their respective journals) can share their thoughts and reflect on that weekâ€™s previous thoughts. Despite my aversion of over girly things, many of the illustrations, quotes, and stories made me not only need a few Kleenex but also gave me cause to do some major introspection on my own ability to trust in God in and through every stituation. (As a very brief side note, the frequent unusual contractions and a few missed punctuations did grate on my grammatical brain as well as a repeat of information in the biographical section that needs deleting, most of which will be complete, I imagine, before the final publishing.) Overall, I rather enjoyed this light devotional book and would recommend to those who like to start off or finish up each day with a Scripturally based thought. Look for the release of â€œTrusting Godâ€ this January.
I received this book to review from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. These opinions are undeniably my own, be they status quo or no :) â€¨