on November 15, 2003
The heart of this book is in the right place but it could be crippling for those of different temperaments than the writer. Those who often journal, make lists, and are comfortable with routines will find this book practical and encouraging. Spontaneous people and those who don't enjoy writing may feel like spiritual failures when the practices suggested come so unnaturally to them.
DeMoss SEEMS to limit spiritual growth to "quite times," leaving out the practices of servanthood and secrecy. She seems to overlook the value of stillness and waiting for the Lord, generally suggesting you fill your quiet time with activities.
In chapter 5, DeMoss presents a strong argument in favor of MORNING devotions. She presents numerous scriptures for support (the most convincing being Job's example). She does not address Mark 6:46-47 (afternoon prayer), Luke 6:12-13 (all-night prayer), Psalms 55:17, Daniel 6:10 (Three times a day), Psalms 88:1, Luke 18:1, 7-8, Deuteronomy 6:6-9, 11:18-21 (day and night). Those don't believe morning devotions are sacred and those who would do better at another time may feel unnecessary guilt from this chapter.
Chapter 9 is titled "Getting the Word into You." Showing her bias as a writer, every technique she suggests is based on various forms of writing. (There are lots of good ideas.) This chapter ends with an unusually overwhelming set of questions in which you are instructed to try EVERY method of study recommended to study Psalm 19.
DeMoss writes: "Of course, there's always a danger that a daily quiet time or any other spiritual discipline can deteriorate into a lifeless routine. But I have discovered that it is much easier to breathe life back into a dead routine than to get life there is no routine at all." (Pages 94-95) DeMoss' heart is in the right place. Her book is full of practical suggestions. The forward and the first two chapters are outstanding. The rest of the book will be helpful to some and frustrating for others.
Those seeking to practical suggestions for spiritual growth of a more spontaneous nature may enjoy The Life You've Always Wanted by John Ortberg.
on January 6, 2011
Nancy Leigh Demoss writes truths that I know from before, but pulls them together in a way that makes daily devotional time less of a thing to add to my "to do" list and more of a thing I really want as my #1 priority. Christianity is not about following rules, but about truly knowing and worshiping our Creator and Saviour. This is written in chapter-book style, but lends itself well for a deeply introspective daily devotional time.
on January 30, 2002
Do you need a break? Do you need a refreshing? Stop what you are doing now and make a cup of tea and emerse yourself in the soothing book. It will aid you as you slow down from your fast-paced lifestyle. It will enable you to pause and rest.
I have read alot of devotionals and many books encouraging the reader to have quiet time with the Lord. But this one is the best yet! If you already have a daily established time set aside for you and the Lord, it will make you guard it even more. If you have not yet begun, you will be excited to do so and wonder why it has taken you so long!
Full of rare jewels, overflowing with treasures; reading this along with your journal is a must! You will not only record great finds from within the book, but also from within your relationship with the Lord!
--- reviewed by Susan for Christian Bookshelf