God’s Word is applicable to the life of every woman. Whereas many daily devotionals offer encouragement for the heart, The Devotional for Women offers that encouragement as well as biblical exposition all in a user friendly, quick read format to change lives in the every day rhythm of life.
About the Authors:
Rhonda Harrington Kelley is President’s wife and Adjunct Professor of Women’s Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a frequent speaker for women as well as an author of books including Divine Disciple, Life Lessons for Women of the Bible, and Personal Holiness: A Biblical Study for Developing a Holy Lifestyle. She is co-editor of the three volume Women’s Evangelical Library including Women’s Evangelical Commentary: Old Testament, New Testament, and The Study Bible for Women. Her husband Chuck Kelley is President of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Dorothy Kelley Patterson is Professor of Theology in Women’s Studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. She is a homemaker, popular speaker, and successful writer, editor, and compiler of numerous books including A Handbook for Ministers’ Wives, The Family, BeAttitudes for Women, and Touched by Greatness: Women in the Life of Moses. She is co-editor of the two volume Women’s Evangelical Commentary: Old Testament and New Testament. Her husband Paige is President of Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary.
I was blessed with this devotional from Lifeway and B&H Blogger Group in exchange for my honest opinion.
As a woman, I know how difficult it is to find time to spend with the Lord. There are always so many demands on our day and our time that if we aren't careful a whole day, or days, can get by us without much thought to what God has for us.
This devotional is beautiful both inside and out. The purple soft leather cover is appealing and makes it easy to open and hold. There's a bookmark ribbon to mark your spot with as you read along. The days are numbered with ordinal numbers 1-366. I guess that was a bit off kilter for me, as I was expecting it to be in date form - for instance Jan 1- Dec 31. But I think it was just me. When I received my devotional I wanted to begin reading on November 20, for instance, so I was trying to figure out how many days from 366 I needed to subtract to get there. I know... I am weird that way. But a friend of mine said she liked it like that, cause she could start on Day 1 and go from there no matter what day of the year it was. She is brilliant! I was like... DUH!!! So, that will probably make total sense to you.
The one thing I really liked about this devotional is that not only does it include a verse at the beginning of the daily read, but it also includes a Scripture passage to read. So many devotionals lack that aspect. You read one verse, then the devotional (which by the way is man's words, not Gods) and then a short prayer and your done. A verse a day is good, but quality time in God's Word and getting the context of what the devotional is speaking about also helps. So I love this!! I also like the yearly reading plan in the back of the devotional that helps you read through your Bible in a year. And yes, you can start it any day of the year. You don't have to wait til Jan. 1.
This devotional takes small passages beginning in Genesis and goes all the way through Revelation. So you get to go through the whole Bible in a year. These Scriptures and readings are to help encourage women in their walk with God. One I read this week was "Does my behavior as a guest cause my hostess to grumble?". Wow! Have you ever grumbled a bit when someone left your home? How do people feel about you when they invite you over. There is so much good food for thought in this devotional. I would highly recommend it for yourself or as a gift. Growing in the Lord is a lifetime process.