Dianne’s book is perfect for this. It is a daily devotional that starts on January 1st with an overview of the Bible and then on January 2nd, it focuses on Genesis. For the rest of the year, it moves through the Bible with pithy commentary and practical ideas. It will augment perfectly your reading of Scripture, whether or not you are reading through the whole Bible in a year or not.
I really appreciate Dianne’s goal in drawing her reader into a more intimate relationship with God. I think this book will be especially powerful as a gift for any new Christian whom you want to entice an interest in regular Bible reading and good, solid Bible knowledge. Dianne gives a thorough summary of each passage of Scripture, along with a related Bible verse, and important, interesting historical background. There’s also thought-provoking personal application.
But you‘ll appreciate it also, whether you use it as a companion to your daily Bible reading or just to pick it up and turn to any day’s devotional. You’ll find tantalizing insights that will make you spiritually hungry and thirsty to read the passage again and see God’s work.
Baker Books sent me a copy to give away and to write a review, but I can write any opinions I desire. (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.”)
Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books, including The One Year Women of the Bible, which won her the 2008 Writer of the Year Award at the Write-to-Publish Conference. She also writes regularly for websites and blogs, contributes to compilations, and enjoys speaking and teaching at writers’ conferences. A mother and grandmother, Dianne currently lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Richard. Go to Dianne’s website at www.DianneNealMatthews.com.
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I’m so eager to send out a copy of this book to the winner!