The Psalms and Proverbs Devotional for Women
Engaging Encouraging Edifying
Devotions based on the books of Psalms and/or Proverbs are fairly common, as they are two of the more recognizable books from the Bible. What sets The Psalms and Proverbs Devotional for Women apart is that they draw upon the wisdom contained within, making it engaging, encouraging, and edifying. David, Solomon, and the many others who wrote Psalms and Proverbs displayed the full gamut of human emotions, everything from joy to despair. The contributing authors of this devotional cover those emotions in a not only engaging but also edifying manner. I was pleased to see the writings of a dear friend, Jessica Pigg (visit her blog here), included in the compilation.
There are two areas which really brought together the engaging and edifying pieces of this devotions. First, I really liked the prayer prompts which guide the reader through different aspects of prayer, adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and supplication. Secondly, the area for personal reflection was good to have. A spot to jot down personal reflections is something that I missed in another devotional I recently reviewed (see it here). The space to write within a devotional can serve more than one purpose, including seeing how you grow if you ever look back upon it, or to give it to a close friend or loved one as a gift.
This devotional is a wonderful tool for encouragement and discipleship. At the end of the devotional, there is an interesting reading plan, one that I have never seen before. I have seen plans tailored to reading through the book of Proverbs once a month. This one has the person reading through the entire books of Proverbs AND Psalms each month, as a supplement to another reading plan. This is something that I find interesting and may have to try for a month or so! One can never have too much of God’s Word or God’s Wisdom! The only thing I was curious about is why in a 365-day devotional on the Psalms and Proverbs completely skipped a small handful of the Psalms while spending multiple days on others? Overall, I was very pleased with the devotional and would recommend it to others.