Ann Spangler’s One Year Devotional

I recently received a copy of The One Year Devotions for Women becoming a woman at peace by Ann Spangler. 

 

I enjoyed this book immensely, the devotions were very true to life and easily applicable to most any situation I would experience as a woman or mother dealing with the joys of serving God in my called role as a homemaker, mother, and all around domestic goddess. 

I am very glad that I gave this book a chance and it is very likely that I will continually use it, especially when I might need a little help encouraging others. 

One devotion that I particularly appreciated was for October 18th–as my (most of the time amazing and loving boyfriend) and I tend to be having a bit of trouble in our relationship, it felt like this devotion was written for us. It gave examples of pitfalls that can lead to bigger problems and cautions you not to ignore them. It seems to that at times her devotions are a little wordy, she could take out some of it and I feel really tempted to write them in a less wordy fashion , but it helps to get a feel for how the author writes if you are going to spend your hard earned money on the book. Her book is helpful, and luckily they are only one page devotions, otherwise I would be not reading more due to wordiness. I understand this habit as I have it myself. 

 

Here is the devotion for October 18th :

 

DON’T IGNORE THE SIGNS

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. –Psalm 6:2

Have you ever noticed an area of dead or browning vegetation where the surrounding area is green? Or a rotten egg smell in the yard? Or hissing or blowing sounds coming from beneath the earth? Or dirt blowing into the air? Or bubbling in a flooded area? Or fire coming out of the ground? If so , don’t ignore these signs. If you do, boom! Everything in your world might suddenly explode , simply because you didn’t pay attention to signs of a natural gas leak. Similarly, a pattern of ignoring signs that something is not right in our own lives can create enormous destruction, hurting ourselves and others. Here are a few signs , for instance, that married couples should never ignore. 

Yelling and name calling

violent disagreements

feeling misunderstood most of the time

constant televison or computer use (THIS IS US)

rarely or never having sex (US AGAIN)

repetitive conflicts with no resolution (AGAIN)

rarely engaging in meaningful conversation (amazingly this has happened for us recently despite other issues)

desire to escape

Ignoring these and other symptoms of marital discord can create bigger problems that may eventually destroy a marriage. Similarly, whether you are single or married, you can’t afford to ignore emotions and behaviors that are often symptoms of deeper problems, things like frequent crying spells, overeating, undereating, irritability, indecisiveness, drug or alcohol use, isolation, anxiety, forgetfulness or fatigue. 

It can be hard to face up to the tension and stress that’s building inside us. We’d rather ignore it. But doing so makes it impossible to get the help we need-and there is help. Today, if you sense something is not right, ask God for the courage to face it and the wisdom to know where to get help. 

 

Lord, thank you for knowing me better than I know myself. Help me recognize problems that are boiling beneath the surface of my life so that I can , by your grace, do something about them. 

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale for my honest review. 

Bible Trivia for Kids

The One Year Book of Bible Trivia for Kids 

I found this book to be very informative and it does appeal to kids at least 5 years old and up in my very personal recent experience.  I’m simply saying this because I tried doing the devotions in this book with a younger crowd and it wasn’t that they didn’t understand exactly, it was mostly that there are better books geared towards toddler, some similar in this line. Also most toddlers I have encountered don’t yet know the stories as well as their older siblings so they aren’t as interested in answering the trivia. I even went so far as to poll some willing adults in the use of this book and they also found it enjoyable and were impressed that it had come from a book geared for children. 

The devotions are indeed very manageable and I would suggest using them before heading out the door in the morning or right before bed, sometime when you can actually focus. These are not “on the run” type devotions. 

My only complaint with this book is that the Bible verses listed in the book are either from the New International Version or International Children’s Bible, but they don’t’ appear to be marked at the bottom of the page and often I had to look through a few versions of online Bible software to figure out exactly where the quote was coming from, and it is confusing for children at times if their Bible doesn’t match. I try to keep to using the same Bible translation as what they children use in their  classrooms.  Because this was a review copy this might have just simply been overlooked and remedied later, it is hard to say. 

 

Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend it. I plan on putting our copy up and trying it again when my children are school age. Their older brother who is in 3rd grade this year does enjoy using this book when he is with us for visits. 

 

I received a copy of this book as part of a review program for Tyndale, I was not required to give a positive review, just honest.