Thursday, March 28, 2013

Deeply Loved: 40 Ways in 40 Days To Experience The Heart Of Jesus By Keri Wyatt Kent

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426744811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426744815

This book is also available as an e-book.

Jesus loves you. That profound fact has been changing lives around the world for centuries. Yet, there are days when you don t experience this completely in your own life. So, how do you get to the very core of that statement on a deep, personal level? Keri Wyatt Kent wants to help you fully experience the heart of Jesus love in "Deeply Loved." Using the gospel stories of Jesus, reflection, and personal stories, Kent will guide you through 40 days of how to create space in your life for Jesus to show up and love you. Deeply.

My take on this book:
Devotionals are a tool that I find very helpful in my daily Bible study, but once in a while I find a devotional that I recommend to everyone I see, because of the way the author speaks to me through their writing. Keri Wyatt Kent has created such a devotional with "Deeply Loved." Broken down into forty segments it fit perfectly into my daily Lent readings.I found this book to be very well written, and easy to relate to. I particularly liked the fact that each devotion opened with a scripture verse, and while I enjoyed the stories that were shared with each devotion what really stood out for me was the section called "Presence Practice' that was found at the end of each devotion. These daily "practices" were simple and easy to do, but really made a huge impact on my spiritual outlook. 

 I found myself eagerly anticipating each days reading, and actually read each devotion in the morning, because then I could use the day to put into action  the section called "presence practice," which is found at the end of each devotion, that encourages us to pause and reflect but also implement different practices into our daily life that will allow us to have "God"time. As I did the presence practice each day, I found myself becoming more centered, slowing down a bit to allow myself to feel God's presence in my life. There was one particular devotion that really resonated with me and that was "Walking With Jesus." As I christian I know that Jesus is with me wherever I go, but sometimes its easy to forget, or even feel like it's just me against the world, but by doing the presence practice for this particular devotion I felt a sense of calmness and contentment, knowing Jesus was along for the day. I find myself continuing to use several of the "practices" daily.

"Deeply Loved" is a well written, uplifting devotional that allowed me to grow spiritually, but more than that allowed me to slow down and find time for God daily. This book would make a wonderful gift, for anyone who needs to be reminded that God loves each of us.

A complimentary copy of this devotional was provided for review purposes.

About the author:
 Keri Wyatt Kent writes and speaks to help people slow down, simplify, rest, so that they can listen to God. The most frequently heard comment when Keri speaks at an event is “You’re so real!” Audiences connect with her practical teaching and authentic sharing.
When she’s not traveling around the country to speak and lead retreats, she’s writing.  She’s a regular contributor to several magazines, websites and blogs. She’s written ten books and co-authored several others, which offer an authentic, practical approach to Christian living and spiritual formation. She’s a member of Willow Creek Community Church, where she has taught, led groups, and volunteered in a variety of ministries for more than two decades.
She and her husband Scot live with their teenage son and daughter in Illinois.


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