Friday, March 11, 2016

I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God by Diane Stortz (book review)

In my last post, I said I'd been looking for a good family or kid devotional forever. I believe I found my favorite one in "I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God" by Diane Stortz.

The illustrations by Diane Le Feyer are enough to shout about. They are just beautiful. Great colors, great art. You could frame these and put them on your walls, they are so pretty. I do love the cover a ton because it sparkles!
image via Amazon.com
Now, the content. No one reads a book entirely for the pictures, but luckily, the content is wonderful, too. This devotional centers on the names of God and it uses these names (among others): Creator, The Lord My Rock, I AM, Holy One, Jealous God, The Lord of Heaven's Armies, Immanuel, Teacher, Bread of Life, Christ, Friend, and King of Kings.

The format is telling the name of God (God All-Powerful/El Shaddai), then a verse. Followed by a paraphrased story from chapters in the Bible (El Shaddai is from Genesis 12-21) that's 2-4 pages long. I love the next part awesome - "What does it mean?" I love that it explains it, not in dumbed down language, but it explains it in a way that makes it easier to understand, to fit into our modern-day lives. It's excellent for children to read the Bible but even I don't understand much of it or how it applies to me, so I appreciate this portion in a devotion. The devotions end with a written prayer followed by "Learn More" and "What Happened Next?" segments that invite you to dig more and further along in the Bible.

Now, we haven't made it through this whole devotional together, but we will. Not every night. I'm still not that organized. However, my younger son ASKS me to read this to him. ASKS ME TO READ HIM A DEVOTIONAL! I think that's pretty impressive!

Pick up your own copy on Amazon or at a local retailer.

Disclaimer: I received this book in order to write an honest review. All opinions are my own and may not be the same as yours.

1 comment:

Diane Stortz said...

Randi, thank you for this wonderful review! I'm glad you've found a favorite family devotional AND that your son asks you to read it!! --Diane Stortz

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