Heart of The Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives

November 5, 2012 — 5 Comments

9781936768653CCEF 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:

Other notably used books are Running Scared, Depression, Caught Off Guard, and Marriage Matters as well as various pamphlets published by CCEF.

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.


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5 responses to Heart of The Matter: Daily Reflections for Changing Hearts and Lives

  1. I would love a devotional from New Growth Press because the majority of the authors they work with are trusted with biblical content.

  2. ChrisandBecky Thompson November 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    I would like this devotional because I believe its content will lift my eyes to our savior!

  3. Erik Nathan Huff November 6, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I’ve benefited from these writers in the past, but only from some of the original sources & my wife and I can always use a clutch, thoughtful devo on those tough days (3 kids with one on the way). Thanks!

  4. Nate, I emailed you my address and information. Thanks for running this giveaway!

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