UPDATE: A winner has been emailed!
“How does a man who is out of work celebrate when his friend gets a fantastic new job? How does a woman grieving a miscarriage attend a friend’s baby shower? How does someone crippled with pain wholeheartedly rejoice over another’s miraculous healing, without that whisper deep in the soul, ‘Lord, what about me?‘
As I confessed, ‘I don’t have it in me,’ the recognition filled me like a deep breath of peace. Of course, I didn’t have the power in myself, just as I didn’t have the power to forgive those who hurt me, or sing a song of praise through a throat raw with tears, or to serve day after day in small ways that seemed to offer no evidence of results. I can’t do any of it.
But Jesus can. And He lives in me.” ~by Sharon Hinck from Mornings with Jesus 2012~
This excerpt is just one example of the practical, encouraging words found in the devotional, Mornings with Jesus 2012. This particular reading caught my eye for two reasons. First, because I’ve corresponded with award-winning author and freelance editor Sharon Hinck. She’s a truly humble, godly woman, who has helped many of us sharpen our writing skills. Second, because I just finished my two-part blog “series” on whether or not God plays favorites—so Sharon’s words touched my heart. (You really need to buy the book and read the entire entry.)
Other reasons to buy the book: MWJ shares a verse, a reading on the character and teachings of Jesus, and a faith step to help apply the message for every day of the year, contributed by authors who are doubly qualified to compose such a book. They are talented writers who have received awards and acclaim for their professional efforts. And they are also wives, mothers, and daughters who have experienced the same struggles and trials common to us all. Their insights are sure to strengthen and inspire you. This book makes it easy to spend time with Jesus each morning!
Two ways you can get your hands on a copy: (1) Enter this drawing! I’m giving away my extra copy of Mornings with Jesus 2012. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post for a chance to win. (Contest ends Thursday, February 23.) (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book. (You may want to buy two, and share with a friend.) ***Thanks for Litfuse Publicity for sending a copy for me to review.
You can find the contributing authors at these links:
- Sharon Hinck, award-winning author of inspirational fantasy and women’s fiction.
- Camy Tang, youth group worker, Sunday worship leader, and inspirational romance author.
- Tricia Goyer, mentor for teen moms through MOPS and best-selling author of more than twenty-seven books.
- Judy Baer, inspirational author of more than seventy-five books.
- Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, author of two novels and three devotional books.
- Keri Wyatt Kent, author of Simple Compassion and Oxygen.
- Erin Keeley Marshall, author of Navigating Route 20-Something and The Daily God Book.