Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Book Review: At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver


 At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart  -     
        By: Joanna Weaver

At the Feet of Jesus: Daily Devotions to Nurture a Mary Heart by Joanna Weaver  is a great women's devotional perfect to start off the new year.  I'm a pretty hard sell on devotionals, especially ones geared to women, but this one is worth checking out.  Weaver uses excerpts from her three books Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, Having a Mary Spirit, and Lazarus Awakening to take you through the year.  She has even included some of what she calls "outtake" material, which is portions that didn't make it into the final publications of those three books.  So there is a book excerpt for each day, a recommended verse to read, and a question for reflection. 

I especially like her emphasis on knowing God by getting to know His Word.  She has included special pages called "Going Deeper" which give help ideas for accomplishing this.  One of the best parts of this book is her Bible reading plan that she has developed.  The plan goes back and forth between Old and New Testaments to change things up a bit.  If you have ever attempted to read the Bible from front to back, you can probably see the advantage to this.  And best of all, if you want to start this Bible reading plan on a day other than January 1st, just go to the listed website have the plan customized for you.  No excuses or procrastination -- just start today!

Having enjoyed Weaver's book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World, I am hoping to read her other two books.  So it would seem a bit much to read the devotional and the books from which this devotional is drawn from.  I would probably choose one or the other based on time/interest.

In summary, this book is beautifully arranged and I have no doubt will be a great encouragement to many.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Press in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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