WaterBrook PressThe Love As a Way of Life Devotional: A Ninety-Day Adventure That Makes Love a Daily Habit
The tens of thousands of readers who were motivated by Gary Chapman's latest book to change their life in a way that makes love their guiding principle will welcome this 90-day devotional. Over a three-month period, readers can take the biblical teachings on the traits of a loving person and make them practical in everyday life. The Love As a Way of Life Devotional distills the wisdom, guidance, and inspiration from the trade book in short, engaging devotional entries. Each of the 90 entries opens with a verse of Scripture, followed by a 150-word inspirational/devotional story or thought, followed by a brief prayer or point for reflection and action. The book provides 90 days of biblical direction in making love the north star of daily living. The Love As a Way of Life Devotional is perfect for individual use, for shared devotional reading between spouses, and for purchase as a gift at Christmas. The text is universally applicable, well-suited to men, women, teenagers, singles, spouses, laypersons, clergy, professionals, retired people, volunteer workers, ministry leaders, executives, college students, a first job after college, and so forth. In the spring (2009) this book will be a perfect gift for Dads & Grads, Mother's Day, bridal showers, to celebrate a new baby, to mark a career change, for a birthday, and as a wedding gift. The devotional book is broken into seven sections, with approximately 12 devotional entries per section.
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Review 1 for The Love As a Way of Life Devotional: A Ninety-Day Adventure That Makes Love a Daily Habit
In The Love as a Way of Life Chapman encouraged believers to put love in the center of their lives by developing the qualities of Kindness, Patience, Forgiveness, Courtesy, Humility, Generosity, and Honesty. The Love as a Way of Life Devotional, co-written by Elisa Stanford, provides 90 micro-devotionals to encourage and inspire Christians to develop each loving quality in their lives.Each devotional segment includes a topical heading, scripture verse, illustration or personal anecdote and a practical action step or prayer. The anecdotes are drawn from scripture, Chapmans life, those of notable Christians such as Mother Teresa, pastors, literary characters and many other sources. The action steps and prayers are practical, helpful ways to become mindful of the unloving behaviours we often exhibit, and provide encouragement to strive to more faithfully represent Christs love to others.Each devotional is approximately two brief pages in length and is easily squeezed into the busiest schedule. To be honest, I kept my copy in the bathroom while I was reading it. Its so simple to get in and out of a devotional segment in a matter of minutes, yet the insights stay with you throughout the day. I found myself continually asking if I was behaving in loving ways with my family, and asking God to reveal my weaknesses in each quality listed above. Even my husband (who is not an avid reader) found himself reading through the devotionals short sessions and would then discuss the impact they made on him.Though The Love as a Way of Life Devotional is written as a companion devotional to The Love as a Way of Life, it lends itself just as easily to independent study. Not having read the original volume myself, I can attest to the fact that reading it alone will still result in effective self-examination and a desire to press on towards Christ-likeness.
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Review 2 for The Love As a Way of Life Devotional: A Ninety-Day Adventure That Makes Love a Daily Habit
I cannot praise The Love As A Way Of Life Devotional highly enough. From the first entry, Gary Chapmans easily digestible, yet tenderly convicting daily reads are incredibly powerful. These heart-changing devotions are perfect for any Christian who wants to love others the way that Jesus loves each of us. Each entry is short enough to fit into any amount of daily quiet time or perfect for just spending a few moments with God at some point during the day. This book is a 90-day journey that I expect to take over and over again. Im certain that anyone who picks up this book will do the same.