Devotional Books for 2014 {Moms and Kids}

Here's some of my favorite devotional books for 2014. Get the year started off right! @

1. Take My Heart OH God by Sarah Young. Perfect as a great gift for any occasion, each one-page, 150-word devotional exposition references a short, insightful quote from a famous woman writer from history or a woman on today’s bestseller lists. Each daily reading includes a Bible verse and seed prayer. This attractive book will challenge, motivate, and stir your heart, encouraging you and all the women in your life through your daily walk.

2. Unglued Devotional by Lysa TerKeurst. This companion devotional to the bestselling book Unglued provides encouragement to help readers handle emotional struggles. Including a daily opening Scripture, Thought for the Day, devotion, and closing prayer, this book helps readers begin a 60-day journey in learning to positively process raw emotions, such as fear, anger, and regret. Here’s what I said about this book early this year:

I’m really loving this book! In fact, I’ve been surprised (well, not really) how most mornings when I read that days devotion how God knew exactly what I needed to hear that morning!

3. The One Year Book of Amish Peace by Tricia Goyer. This devotional taps Amish wisdom in order to help us draw closer to God and hear his voice. In The One Year Book of Amish Peace, you’ll get a daily taste of Amish values and wisdom. Tricia Goyer shares her fascination with the Amish in a way that will inspire and encourage believers to carve out more time in each day to listen to God and experience his presence. This daily devotional contains interesting facts about the Amish, recipes, and information about the way the Amish handle money, rear their children, and center their lives on faith in God. You’ll be inspired to slow down and find ways to simplify so that you, too, can experience God in the ordinary.

From the back of the book: In this instantly connected world, it’s surprisingly easy to lose our connection to God. What’s admirable about the Amish lifestyle is that it intentionally slows the pace of life so there’s an opportunity to see the everyday grandeur of our great God.

4. Jesus Calling for Kids by Sarah Young. Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives. You can read my review of this book here.

5. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. My mom first told me about this book last year. She loved it! Uniquely inspired treasures from heaven for every day of the year by missionary Sarah Young.  After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down whatever she believed He was saying to her.  It was awkward at first, but gradually her journaling changed from monologue to dialogue.  She knew her writings were not inspired as Scripture is, but journaling helped her grow closer to God.  Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her messages.  They are written from Jesus’ point of view, thus the title Jesus Calling.  It is Sarah’s fervent prayer that our Savior may bless readers with His presence and His peace in ever deeper measure.

6. At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver. Intimacy with God—to know Him and be known by Him. It is what our hearts desperately need, but somehow life conspires to keep us busy and distracted.  For anyone who struggles when it comes to daily devotions, At the Feet of Jesus extends an irresistible invitation to set aside your duties and find the amazing peace and incredible joy that come from time alone with Him.

7. God of Wonders by David A. Steen. We’ve used this book for family worship even though it is written for adults. The kids and I have loved this book! It is by far one of my all time favorite devotional books! I’m a nature buff and each devotion is like a mini nature lesson which points back to the Creator. It’s wonderful!!

8. Prayers for Today by Kurt Bjorklund. A collection of classic and contemporary prayers, some derived from Scripture and others from the writings of Christian leaders throughout the centuries, this beautiful volume invites readers into a daily experience of closer intimacy with God. Each day’s entry focuses on one of ten traditional types of prayer:

  • Prayers of Thanksgiving
  • Prayers of Confession
  • Prayers of Affirmation
  • Prayers of Petition
  • Prayers of Renewal
  • Prayers of Praise and Adoration
  • Prayers to Have Christ-like Character
  • Prayers for Wisdom and Guidance
  • Prayers of Intercession
  • Prayers of Surrender

With 260 entries — enough for every weekday of an entire year — Prayers for Today guides readers through a unique kind of spiritual pilgrimage, a pilgrimage toward the very throne room of God.

9. Drawing Near to God by Joanne Ellison. With entries for every day of the year, this resource ties together scripture with thought provoking and life-applicable commentary on living a Christ-centered life. The author writes, ‘Join me in responding to God’s love and draw near to Him through daily reading of His Word. He (God) promised in James that if you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you.’

10. God’s Amazing Creation by Vicki Redden, Dee Litten Reed, and Joelle Reed Yamada. This is one we’ve loved in the past and I had to include it. It’s perfect for family worship, especially if you’re kids love learning about God’s creation.

Do you have a favorite devotional book you’re using? What do you do for family worship?

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    You don’t want to miss Seasons of the Heart compiled by Donna Kelderman. It is a compilation of devotions based upon the writings of Susannah Spurgeon, Mary Winslow and other strong believing women of the past.

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