Friday, December 3, 2010

"Voices of the Faithful - Book 1"

Voices of the Faithful - Book 1: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World
Written by Beth Moore and Published by Thomas Nelson

This is a collection of short essays written by western Christian missionaries who are located throughout the world. Beth Moore compiles this set of short inspirational readings (one for every day). Each reading is one page. The objective is that you read the short essay, all of which are based on Bible verses, and contemplate the teaching throughout the day.

There is a total of 366 devotions (even one for Feb. 29th!), each being a different story and from all parts of the world. Some stories include (taken from the book jacket)

- A Christian claims the name of God at knifepoint- and lives to tell about it...

- Prayer revives a coma victim, in defiance of village witch doctors

- An abused 7-year old asks, "Do you have any pills that would give me hope?"

- Prayerwalking college students lay a foundation for spritiual revival in West Africa

- A former Muslim finds forgiveness in the Jesus she denied.

A great collection of true-life stories. Missionaries go all over the world to do His work and many come back with amazing stories to tell. You'll be amazed what these people go through, espeically when we worry about the day-to-day. Perhaps this book will even help you to know if you want to be a missionary or not. If you've been entertaining the idea, then this book may help.

The essays are arranged by subject. Each month has a different theme. February - the word of God. March - prayer. Etc. Each month's essays are preceded by comments by Beth Moore.

Some of the essays are very inspiring. It takes a couple of minutes to do the daily reading, but one can contemplate it during your daily commute or throughout the entire day. Some of these messages are that good.

Overall I found this a worthwhile read, but certainly not a page-turner. Which I suppose is the purpose anyways, to be a daily devotional rather than a book read in one or two sittings. I would recommend this book as a daily read.

Thank You so much Book Sneeze for letting me be apart of your program! I am looking forward to reading more books in the future! This is my third book review that I have finished with thier program and I am really enjoying my experience :)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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