Finding Jesus in Everyday Moments By Anna Cetas

Publication Date: April 6, 2021

Publisher: Our Daily Bread Publishing

Pages: 224

Genre: Non Fiction, Devotional, Bible Study

Rating: DNF

I usually don’t review books if I haven’t finished them and especially if I only made it a tiny bit through but since this book is a devotional I thought my review was still valid. This is a 100 day devotional journal and I only made it through Day 12. I don’t think that the devotionals were relevant to the daily scripture and they definitely weren’t very relatable. They were mostly just examples that felt outdated and most of the ones that I read had to do with things children said which, while cute, doesn’t help me grow my faith at all. This was especially disappointing because the introduction to this devotional raved about how this person digs deep into the hard questions and I found that to be completely untrue. There was a couple of days that touched on grief and suffering but it didn’t answer anything and as someone who has felt grief deeply I didn’t gain anything from it.

There is also a journal aspect of this devotional and this part really felt like someone phoned it in. The questions were very basic and broad and coupled with a devotional that brought nothing of value it felt like I was having to do all the work. Which I guess you could say is the point of the journal but for me I prefer where I learned a scripture and had someone relate it to my life and then I can expand on that for myself. Rather than here is a scripture and some words that mean nothing to me and oh yea here are some questions you can answer. When really the author of this book should have answered those questions and I could maybe have gotten something of value from it.

This is clearly something that I don’t recommend and it has made me more hesitant about trying out something from Our Daily Bread Publishing in the future. This book really comes across as something that was thrown together in a short amount of time with no intentional thought or caring put into it. Thankfully, there are more really great devotionals out there and I will just concentrate on the ones I’m currently working through before trying anything new.

~Cassie

A Devotional Journey Through Proverbs By Our Daily Bread Ministries

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Publication Date: March 2, 2021

Publisher: Our Daily Bread Publishing

Pages: 152

Genre: Nonfiction, Bible Study

Rating: 4/5

This book is simply stunning inside and out with just as many calming and gorgeous leaves inside the covers as out. As beautiful as it it is, I also found it to be a very thought provoking look at the book of Proverbs and I do feel like I learned a lot from reading this. I do a daily Bible study every morning but this Lent season I was looking for a little bit more and this book provided that for me. Our Daily Journey has the daily Proverb to read plus additional commentary that relates the message to our lives a little more clearly. It also provides some historical context including the actual origin of some of the words that are used in the Bible that I found fascinating. Some of the historical elements did feel a little repetitive by the time we reached the end of the book and I wish they had gone for more of a variety of historical facts since I’m sure they are a plethora of things they could have chosen. Some of the days also included prayers that I found extremely helpful since my prayers are more conversations with God and I enjoyed having something structured. Overall, this is a book that I would love to include in my library and it could even be displayed since it is so beautiful and would be something nice to flip through occasionally now that I have read it.

~Cassie