Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Jesus Always: Embracing Joy in His Presence By Sarah Young - Book Review
From the publisher: Sarah Young’s first 365-day devotional since Jesus Calling.
With scripture and new personal reflections, the #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah Young, brings Jesus’ message of joy—for today and every day. Experience true joy—now and always.
Life today is full of difficulties—loss, sadness, fear. In the midst of these challenges, joy often feels impossible or out of reach. But Jesus has more for His followers than a life of striving, pain, and discontent. He offers life abundant, life to the fullest, life brimming with joy! Jesus Always, the new 365-day devotional from bestselling author Sarah Young, was written as part of Sarah Young’s exploration of the promises of joy in scripture. Written as if Jesus Himself is speaking directly to the reader, Jesus Always invites you into a new way of living—a life of joy.
Reaching out with joy-filled reminders from the Word of God, these devotions will intimately and gently connect you with Jesus—the One who meets you where you are. Draw near to Him in Jesus Always.
Sarah Young's new devotional book Jesus Always continues in the vein of her previous books, Jesus Calling, Jesus Lives, and Jesus Today. It is a daily devotional, and uses Jesus's own words to bring the message.
Jesus Always is a small book, sort of gift-book sized. Each page contains one devotional, and they are labeled by month and date (even February 29) rather than just 366 various devotions. The subtitle of this book is Embracing Joy in His Presence, and I've noticed how each devotional spins out of that theme. I rather like this, in that having a devotional that reminds me of the joy of Jesus is nice. There is a great joy to be had in a relationship with God. Whether dealing with hardships, sickness, disappointment, or happiness, each devotion touches on how to embrace the joy of being in Jesus's presence.
Additionally, each devotion contains Jesus's words in italics, and while there aren't any scriptures in the text of the devotion, the words of Jesus and the ideas discussed are referenced by book, chapter, and verse at the bottom of each page.
My family has enjoyed Sarah Young's previous books, and Jesus Always is no different. It contains spiritually uplifting messages in a short, easy to read form. I highly recommend this devotional book.
I received a review copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for an honest review.