Every morning, my husband and I wake up, bumble around for a few minutes, make the kids their breakfasts, then read our daily devotionals. Nothing heavy or intense, just thoughts to keep in mind for the day. Some stick with us, some don't, but it is a comfortable habit we've gotten into. So I was thrilled when Shelby from Phenix Publicity contacted me about reviewing the 2011 Daily Guideposts. This is exactly the type of thing we were looking for in the new year.
The Daily Guideposts have been published for 35 years, believe it or not, and has gained a huge following. With more than fifty-five contributing writers, it has become a real compilation of wisdom and touching stories to help you in your day-to-day life. This year, the theme is "Growing in Love" - exploring the ways God uses people and things in our daily lives to help them grow in love for their family and friends as they become closer to Him.
Obviously, I've not read every single day...I'm saving that for the real deal. But I flipped through and read a number of entries. These are real stories about real people that are heartfelt. Stories of hope and commitment, of overcoming struggles and worries and hardship.
In addition, there are special features. At the beginning of each month, one woman pops in to talk about downsizing her cluttered cabin and the perspective it gave to her life. Mid-month, another woman, whose husband is retiring after 37 years as a pastor, shares the process of saying goodbye to an old life and welcoming a new one. At the end of every month, we hear about life lessons discovered in letters found abandoned in an old basement. And the list goes on. We have a special guest during Holy Week. February features a gentleman who found hope after a shattered love affair. This is all good stuff that each and every one of us can learn from, whether you attend church every Sunday or not.
I purposefully waited to post this review until after Thanksgiving, because I strongly believe this would be a perfect Christmas gift for someone in your life. It has a beautiful cover (I can't turn away from a picture of a lighthouse!), and has a gold ribbon attached to mark your place. Give it some thought. There is someone out there in your life that would treasure a book that would lift their spirits each and every day of the year.
Once again, thanks Shelby and Phenix Publicity for offering me this opportunity to share the love!