Compelling was the first word that came to mind when I wanted to describe The Devotional For Women edited by Rhonda Kelley and Dorothy Patterson.
Here are the basics about the book. It provides 366 devotionals written by forty women of various ages and backgrounds. The theological position is conservative evangelical with a strong complementarian view. Several of the devotionals are related to motherhood and marriage, but most have a general life application. A unique feature of the devotional is a place to write notes at the end of each day’s reading. The book is made of soft leatherflex binding and has the look and feel of a leather Bible. It was published in 2015.
“The Devotional for Women offers encouragement as well as biblical exposition, all in a user-friendly, quick-read format to change lives in the everyday rhythm of life.”
I was not sure what to expect when I opened the devotional. The editors are known to be extremely conservative in their views of women and the church. I must admit I do not always agree with them. That said; it is all the more impressive that I enjoyed reading these devotionals and would encourage others to do so as well.
So many women’s devotionals are based on a personal story with a Scripture attached at the end. What I found most appealing in The Devotional for Women was the use of Scripture to draw out the application. They leave no question as to who the authority is that is speaking in each day’s reading. It is the Word of God we should follow with an example from a woman’s experience.
I would highly recommend The Devotional for Women for anyone looking to develop a closer walk with God. It is appropriate for all ages though best for high school and older. It would make a perfect Christmas gift to give to the women in your life!
You can order The Devotional For Women from most Christian book sellers including B&H Publishing and LifeWay. LifeWay also offers an eReader version of the devotional.
Note: A complementary copy of the devotional was provided by the publisher in exchange for a review of the material.