May 19, 2011

Live Loved - A Review

It arrived a couple weeks ago, but I hadn't had any time to read it.  Daily, I passed by the book, reading its title, Live Loved: Experiencing God's Presences in Everyday Life.  I wondered what the devotions contained.  Could this book really tell a reader how to experience God's presence in a common ordinary life?  Could it show the Holy One's presence in the sometimes mundane, drudgery of day to day living?

Finally, a free moment to read arrived, and I gathered the book from its shelf.  Holding this small, but thick devotional in my hands, I immediately noticed the high quality cover and binding.  The durable, glossy pages found within are just as lovely.  These details to quality help create a beautiful devotional to give or receive.

More importantly, the content does not disappoint either.  The devotions of Live Loved are divided into five sections, including "Loved with a Steadfast Love," "Loved with a Merciful Love," and "Loved to Love Others."  Each individual devotion spans two facing pages and is comprised of a Bible verse, a short text, a prayer, and two to three more related Bible verses.  After the initial Bible verse, a short passage emphasizes an aspect or relates a theme to everyday life.  The texts are excerpts from six of Lucado's previous books, such as Facing Your Giants, Fearless, and Outlive Your Life.  These messages are hopeful and encouraging to read.  Several lined pages for personal notes complete the book.

Overall, this is a lovely devotional with a timely and encouraging message.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson, Inc. for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book
 for review purposes through the book review program.
Photograph of book featured in this post was provided by BookSneeze.

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