Voices of Faithful: Inspiring Stories Of Courage From Christians Serving Around The World Hardcover – Aug 1 2005
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About the Author
Beth Moore is a writer and teacher of best-selling books and Bible studies whose public speaking engagements carry her all over the United States and the world. A dedicated wife, mother of two, and happy grandmother to one, Moore lives in Houston, Texas, where she leads Living Proof Ministries.
Top Customer Reviews
I am finding the devotional stories interesting and inspirational - a quick read at the beginning, middle, or end of the day. Considering they were written by a collection of nearly 300 people, the writing style is amazingly consistent. My only criticism is with the size of the font chosen for the prayers. It's tiny!
Altogether this is an excellent devotional to use for a year and then pass on to someone else. But be warned, the writers' enthusiasm about living for Jesus is contagious. Don't be surprised if a whole year of handling this book changes your life.
(I received this book as a gift from the publisher for the purpose of writing a review.)
2011 is approaching fast and you might be wondering which devotional book you will read next year. If you want to be inspired by what people called to the Mission field are doing around the world, I would suggest that you consider Voices of the Faithful.
Each reading starts with a scripture which is linked to the devotion. After each devotion you will also find a prayer that you can say out loud or in your heart. And you also know who wrote the devotion so you can also pray for the person and the area where they work.
I find it is inspiring to read what missionaries are doing around the world. This book is giving us a glimpse of what is done for the Lord. Many times we wonder where our money goes and what is done. Voices of the Faithful is opening the window on the works of many.
We have friends who are missionaries in Thailand. They used to be in Chiang Mai but recently moved closer to where their ministry was which is close to the border of Burma. Compasio opens their doors for kids and women who need help. They also care for children of women who are in prison as well as abandoned ones. In a way, we are updated regularly on what they do for the people there. But having other stories from other missionaries is a blessing for anyone.
Let your heart be changed through 2011 while reading Voices of the Faithful. See that even missionaries go through hard times and that God is faithful for everyone who trust in Him. Believe in miracles. He is still moving all around the world...Read more ›
In Voices of the Faithful, Beth Moore has compiled the stories of Christians into a concise devotional. There is a verse to go along with each daily text and a prayer at the end. The daily devotions are short, but profound. It is important for us as Christians to learn from each other and to encourage each other. Voices of the Faithful gives us opportunity to hear from believers that we otherwise would be unable to. There are testimonies from South America, Africa, Asia, and other places. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an encouraging daily devotional.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the [...] book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Writing Style and Product: First off, the book itself is beautiful and well made. The writing style varies as the authors do, but the guideline is a story or experience told by a missionary, and how they saw a lesson or work of God in that experience.
Thoughts and Reading Experience: This book is definitely inspiring. It is such an encouragement to read the stories of missionaries from around the world and how God is working in their lives. The prayers written at the bottom of each page are a special touch, and a convicting reminder.
However, though I enjoyed this book, I would not recommend it as a daily devotional, because in my opinion, it lacked substance, and other great devotionals such as My Utmost for His Highest and Morning and Evening surpass it by far.
It is great for general reading, but not in my quiet time with God. I need something where I learn about God thoroughly, not just stories and experiences. Still, it is encouraging and lifts your spirit, as well as keeping you to base with missionaries. Too often we forget them, and this book is a great reminder for that.
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Beth Moore compiles this set of short inspirational readings (one for every day). Each reading is one page. The objective is that you read the short essay, all of which are based on Bible verses, and contemplate the teaching throughout the day.
The essays are arranged by subject. Each month has a different theme. February - the word of God. March - prayer. Etc. Each month's essays are preceded by comments by Beth Moore.
Some of the essays are very inspiring. It takes a couple of minutes to do the daily reading, but one can contemplate it during your daily commute or throughout the entire day. Some of these messages are that good.
However, Beth Moore's comments are my favorite part. She uses charm, wit and wisdom to arrive at a very entertaining writing style, and at the same time she is very effective at getting her point across, and her monthly introductions are perfect for setting up the theme for the coming month. But her short introductions are only to set the stage for the real stars of the book, the missionaries.
There is a total of 366 devotions (even one for Feb. 29th!), each being a different story and from all parts of the world. Some stories include (taken from the book jacket)
- A Christian claims the name of God at knifepoint- and lives to tell about it...
- Prayer revives a coma victim, in defiance of village witch doctors
- An abused 7-year old asks, "Do you have any pills that would give me hope?"
- Prayerwalking college students lay a foundation for spritiual revival in West Africa
- A former Muslim finds forgiveness in the Jesus she denied.
A great collection of true-life stories. Missionaries go all over the world to do His work and many come back with amazing stories to tell. You'll be amazed what these people go through, espeically when we worry about the day-to-day. Perhaps this book will even help you to know if you want to be a missionary or not. If you've been entertaining the idea, then this book may help.
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