Monday, February 22, 2016

Book Review: 365 Devotions for Peace by Cheri Cowell

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My life is incredibly busy. My days are often filled with noise, conflict, and a whirlwind of decisions and activity. At night, I lay in bed worrying about whether I did the right thing, said the right thing, how my children are going to turn out, and what the future holds. I'm sure I'm not the only mom who can relate to that. I long for peace. Not just a quiet afternoon, though that would also be nice, but true inner peace from God. The title of  365 Devotions for Peace by Cheri Cowell drew me in just as much as the pretty pink cover.

365 Devotions for Peace is a small hardcover book. It's about the size of a paperback book, 5.25 inches by 7.25 inches, and just over an inch thick. It's the perfect size to keep by your bedside, store in your car, or wherever you'll be able to snatch a few moments to restore some peace of mind.

The devotions in this book are short, just one page long. Each one begins with a Bible verse and ends with a suggested prayer. They are encouraging and hopeful, always pointing us back to Christ and our true source of peace.

I found the first devotions in the book to be more meaningful to me than some of the later devotions. Not every one is going to touch your heart as much as others, but each of them will deliver a truth about God's peace. Similarly, some devotions are specific to parents or wives, but the majority of them reach a broader audience. There are much more theologically deep devotions out there, but sometimes we need something simpler before we're ready for the richer meat.

I do think that if you have a friend who struggles with worry, anxiety, our doubts ... 365 Devotions for Peace would be an excellent gift. I selected it for myself for that very reason and have shared some of the devotions with my daughter, as well. I haven't read it every day, but the days I've read have blessed and encouraged me!

April E.

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