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The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional Review by Jennifer Barker

Cheri Heath-Fuller and Sandra P. Aldrich
Tyndale Publishers
351 Executive Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Day by day devotionals tend to run along the same lines. The author picks a verse, thinks about it, and then writes a devotional on it. That's not to say that those devotionals are bad. They are nice, and I've read some good ones. Still, what about something different? What about something that steps outside the box? The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional is that type of unusual book. It is an inspiring set of devotions to be done daily, which is intended for any woman, no matter what stage of life in which she finds herself. The authors mingle stories with challenging thoughts, and end each devotional with a prayer (which facilitates as a guide) in the particular issue that was covered. These are designed to be done individually, or with a friend.   If you are the type of person that likes to meditate on the Scriptures by yourself, or if you like to bounce your thoughts off of a friend, this book will fit you.

Each week has its own theme, such as:

  • Cultivating a Heart for Your Home
  • Embracing Today
  • Conquering Stress
  • A Fresh-Brewed Prayer Life
  • Giving Yourself a Break
  • Avoiding the Comparison Trap
  • Caring for Our Bodies

At the end of each week, a set of questions are given to provide food for thought. If desired, these questions can be discussed with a friend in person, through email, or whichever method of communication is preferred. I enjoyed reading the quotes, which were intended to complete the thoughts given for the day. However, I am not partial to the idea of quoting someone like Oprah Winfrey. Although she does have good ideas, I don't think she should have a place in a Christian devotional. All in all, if you are looking for a gift for a friend, or if you just want some added encouragement, this book would fit the bill.

Product Review by Jennifer Barker, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March, 2012