“I Lift Up My Soul” by Charles Stanley (REVIEW)

I Lift Up My Soul: Devotions to Start Your Day with God by Charles Stanley is a short devotional book.   The format is basic with a Scripture passage to read, a verse, a few paragraphs of inspiration and a sentence prayer.  Each devotion fills a single page and can be read from start to finish in less than 5 minutes.

Though the devotional thoughts are short, they are not without merit.  I found each thought to be both challenging and engaging.  Many of the devotional thoughts were very inspirational and call for serious reflection.

Though I wouldn’t recommend this book to be the sum total of a believer’s daily time in God’s word, I would recommend this book for other uses where a short devotional thought is appropriate.  I could easily see this book being read by a family at the breakfast table before they scatter for the day, or an individual taking it to the office and reading the devotional thought during a quick coffee break, or even as a starter for someone who isn’t into reading (get an audio bible), but wants to start somewhere.

I recommend I Lift Up My Soul: Devotions to Start Your Day with God to anyone wanting to share a light devotional thought each day.  The retail price is $19.99 (hardcover), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $13.95. I gave it four stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.”

 

“Outlive Your Life” by Max Lucado (a Review)

Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference Max Lucado is a really great inspirational book.  I’m generally not a Lucado fan, but I was blown away by this book.  The book is well written, well paced, well packaged, and worth a read (even if you aren’t a Lucado fan).

Max Lucado does a great job of calling and encouraging the reader to participate in spreading the hope of the gospel through all the world.  I was deeply impressed with how well-balanced Lucado was in his presentation of finding purpose and making a difference beyond the few years we live here.  As a bonus Lucado has graciously donated all the royalties from this book and other outlive your life products to World Vision and other ministries of faith-based  compassion.

I highly recommend Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference. The retail price is $24.99 (hardcover), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $12.95. I gave it five stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson as part of the BookSneeze program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. 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.”