Thursday, November 14, 2013

Seasons of the Heart

by Donna Kelderman 
Reformation Heritage Books

A queen, an educator, a missionary, a pastor's wife. Some of them single, some married, some widowed, some mothers. All of them, like women today, knew the joys and heartaches of life. But the bond that drew this generation of women together and connects them to women today was their heart for God and devotion to Christ. In this year's worth of devotions, you will find spiritual insights from godly women of the past who, like us, struggled with sin, loneliness, and disappointments yet rejoiced in God's love, mercy, grace, and providential blessings. Join them in the various seasons of their hearts and find timeless encouragement and wisdom from one generation of women to another. Authors include Ruth Bryan, Anne Dutton, Isabella Graham, Elizabeth Julia Hasell, Frances Ridley Havergal, Sarah Hawkes, Susan Huntington, Harriet Newell, Katherine Parr, Susannah Spurgeon, Anne Steele, and Mary Winslow. 366 days of Scripture verses and brief devotional meditations that provide timeless truths, encouragement, and wisdom for your daily walk with God - Updated language makes meditations accessible to modern readers - Brief, inspiring biographies of each of the contributing authors - Excellent gift for Christmas, graduation, Mother's Day, and birthdays for women of all ages.

My Review:

This devotional contains devotionals from women in the 1700's and 1800's. They contain journal entries, letter and poetry from great women of faith. I was most familiar with Katherine Parr (King Henry the 8th's sixth and final wife) and Susannah Spurgeon from the historical perspective and I was thrilled to learn about them in their private lives. In my personal life, I have no female interactions. Yet I found myself being able to relate to all these women in the different stages of their lives and faith. 

The format of the book is very user friendly, with dated entries for every day of the year. There are biographies of the women in the back of the book, as well as a Scripture index. I recommend this devotional to women of every age, culture and marital status. You will be greatly blessed to take a peek at the lives of these women - and to see that they have the same struggles and triumphs that we do. 

This book was provide by the publisher through Cross Focused Reviews for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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