Well-known and equally well-loved, pastor and radio host David Jeremiah has compiled a new daily devotional for Christ followers who are traveling along life’s path toward Heaven. Jeremiah opens this 365-day devotional with a brief introduction that will help readers mentally picture preparing for a long-awaited trip to a favorite location. He reminds Christians of those familiar feelings of excitement and anticipation that accompany any excursion that includes loved ones eager to get away for retreat and refreshment.
"This beautifully bound gift book should be sold in two-packs because buyers will be hard pressed to give their copy away once they start their own 'journey' with Jeremiah."
Jeremiah continues to prime the pump of happy expectation by reminding his fellow sojourners that even the most blessed final destination is not won without experiencing multiple mishaps, missteps and mistakes. Yet, underlying all the road bumps and potholes is the Master travel guide who is helping his people along and surprising them with delightful picturesque scenes along the way. Jeremiah’s first and foundational scripture text for this devotional sums up his book’s overall premise: “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose heart is set on pilgrimage.” Psalm 84:5
Each of the 12 months of the year is set off with a lovely real-life scene capping the top of each page, reminding readers that every day is indeed a journey. The photos themselves will bring encouragement as Christians reflect upon the beauty found in the natural world. Somewhat but not exclusively thematic, every month seems to stay on specific topics throughout so that the message is repeated within different frameworks, stories, quotes and Bible verses. As always, Jeremiah’s style is easy on the heart and mind because he journeys right alongside readers, sharing their traveling hardships, detours and distractions. He is also a wise travel guide and looks ahead down life’s roads to help others stay on course with God’s best plan for their lives.
Above all, Jeremiah shares timeless truths from the Bible with practical steps to keep on track despite difficulties, disappointments, losses and failed expectations. Because he draws so much from scriptural principles, Jeremiah’s message is equally current as he tackles topics such as our country’s economic downturn, joblessness, medical problems, relational struggles, parenting, death, famine, war, disease, and today’s number one problem: stress. Interestingly, he ties in today’s top headlines with yesteryear’s and it works…simply due to the fact that people and their problems rarely ever change.
For fans of Jeremiah and those who have never heard him speak or read any of his previous works, this daily walk through life devotional is the perfect starting point. Whether one is a faith-journeying expert or a faith-journeying wannabe, Jeremiah’s text will offer encouragement, perspective and lots of ready-to-put-into-practice life suggestions for staying on life’s path (with the least wind resistance.) This beautifully bound gift book should be sold in two-packs because buyers will be hard pressed to give their copy away once they start their own “journey” with Jeremiah.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on December 14, 2011