Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dwelling Places

Dwelling Places Lucinda Secrest McDowell

Dwelling Places

by Lucinda Secrest McDowell  

Abingdon Press

A deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.

With the dawn of each new year, Christians and spiritual seekers vow to seek a deeper, closer relationship with God and grow their spiritual life. Yet like many resolutions, as time passes, so does determination to stay the course. But what if a thriving, active faith were as simple as reading one word a day?

Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend a few minutes every day turning to God's Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word---like mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace---to uncover a biblical blessing or lesson you can act on that very day. Each devotion includes stories and illustrations to foster understanding and ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Organized into four seasons---fall, Advent, Lent, and summer---these devotions invite you to discover those "dwelling places" that offer the joy of God's promises and presence. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be a simple as a single word.

My thoughts:  DWELLING PLACES is a  devotional divided up into four seasons, making it timely for whatever date it is. They aren't dated, so you can go in order, or you can kind of jump around anywhere in the season we're enjoying for a relevant reading. 

Each devotional is short, and won't take much time out of our daily schedule to read. They start with a verse, a short story, a tie-in to scripture, an application, and end with a prayer. I like this devotional for a five minute time with God, but it is not meant to be a full Bible study. The devotions are easy to read and understand. I keep my book beside my bed to read with my family during bedtime devotions. Recommended. 4 stars. 

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 Meet the Author
Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, includingLive These WordsAmazed by Grace, and Quilts from Heaven. She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry "Encouraging Words." An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers' conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from "Sunnyside" cottage in Connecticut.

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Drown out the busyness and noise of everyday life and find a deeper faith with something as simple as a single word in Lucinda Secrest McDowell's new book, Dwelling Places. Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of Dwelling Places

  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda

  • A kit full of goodies you'll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer

  • One second place winner will receive:

    • A copy of Dwelling Places

    • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda

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      Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 5th. The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda's blog.

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      1 comment:

      Caryl McAdoo said...

      Those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High...behold how good and pleasant it is to dwell together in unity! A good word! Thanks for introducing Lucinda, Laura! Hugs and blessings to you both!

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