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What struck me first in opening this book was the layout. I truly appreciated that the format was set up for short daily readings and they weren't dated, simply titled "Day 1" through "Day 365". I have browsed through daily devotionals on several occasions, but felt a bit constricted by the specific dates. I appreciate that this book gives the reader the opportunity to begin at any time of the year. I also liked that there were separate sections such as "Love and Hate" and "Faith and Doubt", etc. which lends itself to being even more flexible when dealing with a specific situation. If you are struggling with feeling betrayed, for instance, you could reference the section on "Loyalty and Betrayal" and read through the scriptures on the topic.
I appreciated the fact that the readings are kept short. One of the more difficult things, for me, in reading anything on a daily basis is the length of the passage itself. I find that many devotionals cite scriptures that are just too long and a bit overwhelming for me. I also like that the author deciphers the scripture and offers his own insight into it. And, while I may not wholeheartedly agree with everything he writes, I am able to put my own take on the scripture through his translation while I ponder the topic of the day. I plan to continue to read this devotional, with hopes that I may understand more about God's words and what they mean to us in this day and age. I would have enjoyed maybe a blank page after each passage as a place to write my own thoughts and feelings, so as to further my understanding of the scripture and allow me to reflect on the daily reading.
I have read other reviews on this book that state that it may not be a good choice for those "new" to spirituality or faith. While I understand that point of view, I have to disagree. I read the passages with an open mind and heart, trying to fully understand the meaning of the words. Much of the Bible is confusing, so I enjoyed Nettelhorst's reflections on the scripture. Again, I may not have agreed with all of what he had to say, but I have definitely learned more about God's Word, and look forward to furthering my own personal spiritual awakening.
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