Thursday, February 2, 2012

book review: 3 of my favorite devotionals.

I got an email suggesting that I share some of my favorite devotionals/books from time to time and I think that is an excellent idea. :) I am always more spiritually challenged and uplifted when I have a specific devotional or Bible study book that I'm reading along with my Bible reading. It helps me so much.

There are also some good ones for married couples, too. I won't make it only for married people, though! :)

Today I'll share three of the recent devotionals I've been reading. I may have already talked about them a little bit before, but they're good enough to mention again!

Night Light

you can get it here!
This devotional is for married couples and is what we started out reading as soon as we got married. It has a page long devotional for 90 days with questions at the bottom of each one about different topics. 

What I loved about it was that the devotions were challenging and the questions provoked good conversation between me and Jordan. Stuff that a lot of the time we normally wouldn't talk about. 

We read it together before bed each night, and there were nights that I was in tears because of it. Either because it hit home and I really needed to hear what it had said, or because I learned something that I never knew I was doing wrong in our relationship, or because it helped me express something to Jordan. 

For instance, frequently men have a harder time expressing themselves in the most clear way to us because they talk a LOT less than us about feelings and such, and they may not be used to it. But with this book, there were times that Jordan totally agreed with what it was saying and said that was how he felt, he just never knew how to put it into the right words.

Also frequently men have a hard time understanding us because, let's face it, we can be downright crazy and hard to figure out. The book definitely helped me express some feelings that I was having in a way that made sense to him. Awesome for both of us.

I want to go through it again someday because it would be like reading a whole new book after we've been married for longer. I think it would be beneficial no matter what stage of marriage you're in!

The Resolution for Women

you can get it here!
This is a book by Priscilla Shirer that isn't really a devotional, but can be used as one. It's for any woman, any stage of life, any relationship status.

Have you seen the movie Courageous? I FINALLY saw it last night. It was definitely inspiring. And I'm proud to know the main kid in the movie. :) He goes to the school where I coach and he is awesome. Anyway, in the movie the men/husbands/fathers make a resolution that is based on Scripture of how to be men of God and live their daily lives that way in all of their roles. They made a book about it called The Resolution for Men, and then they made one for women! Yay! 

It's only $10 and worth it for sure. I've been taking it slow because there are individual sections about each resolution, and at the end of the resolution you sign your name under it and commit to it. Not something to take lightly or to rush through. 

For example, one resolution that really hit me hard was about being content in every season of life. I have a habit of always looking too much toward the future instead of focusing on the here and now and how I can glorify God TODAY. That section has truly helped me and I've gone back to it a few times. All of the sections are amazing, though. 

The Power of a Praying Wife Devotional

you can get it here!

There is a book called The Power of a Praying Wife which I have never read, but the author then turned it into a devotional and added to it. So I got the devotional instead of the book. This has short, daily devotions for wives.

When I got married, I knew I should start praying for Jordan in a different way now that we were one in Christ and that I was officially his helpmate. (Still makes me smile when I think about it! I sure do love that man.) 

I got this book at Lifeway, mainly because it was on sale, haha. But I have definitely enjoyed it. It prompts me to pray for Jordan about things that I wouldn't think of on my own. It helps me pray for him using Scripture and about him leading us spiritually. And it convicts me about the kind of wife I am being. I definitely recommend it, especially coming from someone who struggles with prayer and staying focused!

If you have any questions about any of these books, don't hesitate to ask! There will be more recommendations coming in the future. :)

What are some devotionals/books that you would recommend for me?



  1. i need to do that first book with my husband. i think it would be so beneficial for our relationship. i am more like a guy however in that i have the harder time discussing my feelings while my husband is a completely open book and can openly share. off to buy it online now!

  2. Thanks so much for this post! I will definitely look into these devotionals when I get done with the Bible study I'm currently doing. I love your blog!


  3. thanks I can't wait to try some of these out!

  4. I have heard a lot about the Power of a Praying Wife!!! I need to read it!!!

    I tagged you in my blog today!!!

  5. From your newest follower, thanks for this post! I'm interested in looking at "The Resolution for Women."

  6. My husband and I read Night Light on our honeymoon together! It was so helpful and helped us keep God in our marriage from the start!!

  7. Hi Ashley, I love your blog! I'm single right now but the second book is one I hope to look into soon! Another book I read with my time in the Word each morning isn't a devotional book per se, but it works the same way. I read the Valley of Vision (a collection of Puritan prayers) almost daily, and it has literally changed my life. The prayers show deep, strong humility and faith in our all-knowing God. It might be difficult to get through the first few (it was for me), but once you really get into them, you get hooked!

  8. Love your recommendations-I have read 2 of the 3. You would probably like my favorite book, No Wonder They Call Him A Saviour by Max Lucado. It takes you through the intimate thought process of several of the apostles and how they might have been feeling during the passion week and after. Read it and I am sure you will be touched. Good luck with your new marriage. The first year is definitely challenging, but hang in there. We celebrate 28 years this summer.


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