I really love devotionals and I think they make lovely gifts.
I love them for busy days when you may not have much time to read, but you can still snag a few minutes to read a page or two.
I appreciate the ability to read partway through, lay the book aside for a while, and easily pick it up and start in again.
Yet, they also offer much to ponder on when reading them during a slower season of life, pausing to think and pray or journal.
Often, each day can stand on its own or the days build on each other if you read it all through. In summary I love the diversity and flexibility a devotional offers to our reading time and study time.
Perhaps right now, during these days of physical distancing, a new devotional would serve you well. Here’s a few from my shelves for your consideration! If you have further questions about any of them, I’ll gladly try to answer them!
Seeking to slow down, to savor, to sit still?
Savor is a devotional I love. For starters, I love the cover. Sound crazy? Maybe! But I love the stripes, the colors, the font, yes, the font, 🙂 and I love the feel. It has a linen-like texture to it. Another fun thing about this devotional is the inclusion of recipes. Shauna Niequist is a foodie and self-taught cook. It’s a fun extra to find the recipe pages scattered throughout.
It’s written in conversational me-too style and I found it easy to resonate with.
Seeking to capture the good, the wonder, the beautiful mess wound right in our everyday life? With a lavish serving of laughter combined with a sarcastic twist?
Here’s your devotional! Everyday Holy. I love this because I am ever seeking to count joy for Every Good Day and the extraordinary hidden in the ordinary. And I totally love Melanie Shankle’s style of writing and sense of humor.
Fearless Faith is written for tween girls if you’re looking for a pretty and encouraging book for your daughter.
Seeking more prayer and seeking His Presence?
This devotional is the one. Jesus Calling. This book found me a few years ago at the perfect time. I needed this encouragement and practice of sitting with God and pouring out my every need in prayer. I love this deluxe edition. I like the leather-like cover and it contains the verses of Scripture on each page instead of only the references.
Seeking bright and happy encouragement sprinkled with laughter on top?!
You’ve Got This Because God’s Got You is the devotional for you! KariAnne Wood is a topnotch encourager, relater and cheerleader! Plus, this book is adorable and filled with pretty touches inside. It slips easily into your purse or bag too! BONUS: It also makes a perfect size to slip into a small gift bag or add to a gift package.
Seeking a voice to walk with you through difficulty and fight fears?
100 Days to Brave begins with a Bible verse for each day, brings courage building words and ends with a Be Brave task or question. Annie F. Downs shares her stories, her journey toward Brave, and cheers her readers on!
Seeking for a refresh?
What’s more refreshing than a delicious glass of icy sweet tea?! With a lemon wedge or two!! 🙂
Sweet Tea for the Soul Down-Home Devotions to Comfort the Heart.
This sweet devotional offers pint-size encouragement with a page a day. They begin with a verse, follow with a paragraph or two, and finish up with a Faith Check section to sip on. Each flatlay contains your devotional page paired with a pretty artwork page of a handlettered verse or quote. It’s a delightful devotional.
And, of course, the perfect gift for the friend who loves sweet tea!
Seeking a devotional to work through with your teen daughter or gift to your teen daughter?
This one. All in All by Sophie Hudson is a journaling devotional with great conversations and stories. Sophie Hudson has worked with teenage girls for twenty-ish years. She’s kind and funny and relatable and loveable. And her book is too, of course. Sophie is a fantastic storyteller with a perchance for the funny side of life.
I think this book is terrific for teens, but guess what? You don’t have to be a teenager to enjoy it. I totally had it pre-ordered for myself when I heard it was in the works.
It contains 100 Days. Each day is numbered. The text begins each day followed by a Scripture reference to look up and read. Then there are three questions with space to journal your answers. Next a Bible verse to look up and write out. Finally, each day finishes with space to write out a prayer.
Seeking cheer and words to bolster you when the hard days hit?
Do You Know You’re Already Amazing and What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days
Either of these devotionals are a surefire cup-of-tea for your heart. Holley Gerth writes to encourage and help us see how loved we are by God. She’s always a voice ready to remind us of Who created us and who He says we are.
Seeking contented living?
The Year of Living Happy by Alli Worthington spills encouragement from its pages toward making choices and decisions resulting in lives centered on Christ and joy infusing our days. We can’t control circumstances, but we do get to choose our attitude!
Seeking an interactive devotional/journal?
100 Days of Bible Promises
This one holds a short devotional, Bible verse and space to draw, handletter, or journal on each two-fold spread. The text in this one is short. It’s surrounded with several Bible verses written out. A short prayer is printed at the bottom of the right hand pages.
It’s pretty open ended. No questions. Just space to draw or journal your thoughts or prayers.
Have you used any of these?! Which one would you love to add to your collection?