Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Alabaster Jar - Devotions For Women: Book Review
"Deep Calls Unto Deep"
There are times in each of our spiritual journeys when we can benefit from the wisdom of others - whether for encouragement, enlightenment, exhortation, or by example. Who better to look to but other women - those who have gone before us and those who are now among us - who have walked faithfully with the Lord?
Now, through their own words, they are able to walk alongside of us and share their hearts and God's wisdom. As "deep calls unto deep" (Psalm 42:7), their level of intimacy with the Lord as expressed in their words can be an example to us today. Clearly, God's truths are universal and timeless.
The purpose of this book is to help women of today deal with the stresses and challenges of our modern-day world. The milestones along the pathway of women's spiritual journeys both then and now have not changed. It is hoped that the legacy and the words of these sisters in the faith will affirm, encourage, edify and inspire the reader in her own spiritual journey.
Selected Quotes from these and other women of faith:
***Corrie Ten Boom
***Anne Graham Lotz
***Helen Steiner Rice
Topics discussed include the following:
***The Secret Place
***Be Still and Abide
***Practice God's Presence
***Practice God's Presence: Prayer
***Practice God's Presence: His Word
***Practice God's Presence: Repentance
***Practice God's Presence: Gratitude
***Practice God's Presence: Worship
***Wait On The Lord
***Stand In The Lord
***and so many more!
This is an absolutely delightful devotional. With clarity, strong theological doctrine, and ease of reading and comprehension, you will be taken on a journey as never before. If you want a devotional that will take you deeper in your journey and allow you dig deeper than you have before, then this is the book for you. Each devotion is only one page and takes only minutes to read, but you could spend much longer just contemplating all the information. I know I did. I briefly read a sample of the devotions, but plan to go back through it completely, when I am done using the book I am currently working through for my devotion/quiet time.
One chapter that resonated deeply for me was the one on gratitude. Recently I have read a few books that have touched on this topic, and the same key points from those books, are mentioned in The Alabaster Jar! Here are just a few quotes from the chapter that were key to me:
"Gratitude is meant to be not only for the big things, but also for the small blessings that God bestows on us. We pray and thank God for the big things, but we may foret to give thanks for the ordinary, small (yet really not small) gifts. How can God entrust great things to one who will not thankfully received from Him and thank Him for the little things?" (p. 90)
"Elisabeth Elliot says this, When our plans are interrupted, His are not. His plans are proceeding exactly as scheduled, moving us always (including those minutes or hours or yearts which seem most useless or wasted or unendurable) towards the goal of true maturity - Romans 12:2" (p. 97)
Again, these are only two of the nuggets I have drawn from reading The Alabaster Jar. It is my prayer that as I continue to read this book, that I will learn exactly what God wants me to learn.
The book is loaded with inspiration and encouragement that you will crave for years to come. A wonderful gift for any woman in your life.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Alabaster Jar online here.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the author, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***