CCEF Faculty, Heart of The Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, October, 2012. 416 pp. Hardcover, $19.99.
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Thanks to New Growth Press for the review copy!
Typically, I’m not a big fan of devotionals. Not because I don’t like them, they’re just not the type of book that I’m drawn to. Historically, I’ve never made consistent use of a devotional, which may or may not surprise you.
However, over the past several weeks I’ve been loosely using Heart of The Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives as a daily devotional. It’s had a familar feel to it, but that’s because it takes excerpts from books that I’m familiar with and love:
- How People Change
- A Quest For More
- Instruments In The Redeemer’s Hands
- Relationships: A Mess Worth Making
Each day there is a Scripture reading listed, followed by an excerpt from one of the many published CCEF resources. Just looking at the resources I listed, you can see that there is a bit of preference given to excerpts that are more heart searching. CCEF can always be counted on to offer practical, life changing resources, and having slices of those resources put together into a daily devotional is no different.
Over the last several weeks I’ve been using it, it has proven very helpful. I’m actually planning on starting to go through it with my wife in the evenings since the excerpts are short enough to read aloud together, but long enough to stimulate good conversation about where we are spiritually.
If you’re looking for a good devotional to try out, I’d really recommend this one. The material is solid and well arranged and if you’re start with the Scripture reading, you’re not trading reading the Bible in the mornings for a devotional. Plus, this devotional you can count for solid theological content that in many cases, cuts straight to the heart. If you’re worried about a fluffy devotional, then have no fear!
Thanks to New Growth Press, I’ve actually got 2 copies to giveaway! Just like the giveaway I ran last week, use the PunchTab form below. Winners will be announced next Tuesday morning and New Growth Press will mail the books directly to the winners.