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"52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times," by Diana Savage

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Professional editor, author and mentor Diana Savage, penned, "52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times," a book of hope filled meditations served with a dash of humor. Intimate with loss and grief, this Washington native now encourages others with the encouragement she received that she writes about on her popular heartlifters blog. Where readers can also read sample chapters of this book.

Diana begins with a description of what a "heart lifter" is, such as a smile, wink, nod or tip of the hat, small gestures that remind recipients "we're not alone on life's journey." Her warm humor, God-blessed wisdom and insightful understanding shine through each meditation.

The book, divided into four segments includes:

  • "Choosing our Outlook"—what our minds dwell on determines our destiny. Or like Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, "We become what we think about all day long.”
  • "Living Miraculously"— belief in miracles and believing God for miracles. Or like the French proverb says, "There are no miracles for those that have no faith in them."
  • "Participating Joyfully"—centers on trusting God. Believing God has a plan and purpose for your life and has your "best interests at heart."
  • "Pursuing Possibilities" illustrates how a victim mentality, incorrect assumptions and misconceptions "shackle" and hinder pursuit of "new possibilities" in life.

Fifty-two scripture themed meditations include a Bible verse, a light-hearted anecdote or other illustration of the selected scripture theme and conclude with prayer. These brief devotions are perfect for time-challenged readers.

Diana's book of "52 Heartlifters" is especially good for anyone challenged by loss, disappointment, or a sense of failure as well as an excellent choice for a friend or family member in need of hope and encouragement.

"52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times," by Diana Savage, Harvest House, February 1, 2014, 176 Pages, 978-0736956604, $11.99

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52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times, by Diana Savage
52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times, by Diana Savage Harvest House Publishers—2014

52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times, by Diana Savage

Is your heart burdened by loss, rejection, or even discouragement caused by other Christians or a church? If you wonder, "How can I trust God with my hurts?" Diana Savage invites you to renew your hope and start your emotional and spiritual healing in this year-long gathering of inspiring devotions and words of encouragement.

Your heart's deepest questions are met with hope- and humor-filled meditations and life illustrations.

  • How can I restore the joy of my faith when life is challenging?
  • How do I heal and forgive if I've been let down by believers?
  • Is comfort in God possible when I feel distant from him?

Whether you or someone in your life faces sadness, uncertainty, or discontentment--52 Heart-Lifters for Difficult Times offers words of encouragement to help a heart in every season experience spiritual healing and feel safe in Jesus' love and care once again.

Be Still, My Soul: The Inspiring Stories behind 175 of the Most-Loved Hymns, by Randy Petersen,
Be Still, My Soul: The Inspiring Stories behind 175 of the Most-Loved Hymns, by Randy Petersen, Tyndale House Publishers–2014

Be Still, My Soul: The Inspiring Stories behind 175 of the Most-Loved Hymns, by Randy Petersen,

 

 Be Still, My Soul is a collection of 175 of the most popular hymns and the stories behind them. Many of these hymns were written out of incredible life experiences—from the heart cry of a repentant slave trader to the renewed hope of a survivor of attempted suicide. In this devotional you’ll discover the stories behind the songs we sing.

 

You’ll experience the passion and joy contained in these hymns’ lyrics and melodies. In addition to the hymn stories, Be Still, My Soul includes the musical score, lyrics, and in-depth biographies of 12 of the most-prolific hymn writers, singers, and composers.

Whether you are new to hymns or have cherished them for a long time, you’ll enjoy this illuminating book on the stories behind some of the most popular hymns you sing in worship.

Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Moody Publishers—2011

Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Gratitude is a choice.  If we fail to chose it, by default we choose ingratitude.  And once allowed into the heart, ingratitude does not come by itself but with a lot of other seedy companions that only succeed in stealing joy.  To not choose gratitude - daily and deliberately - is more costly than we usually realize.  And when we do choose a lifestyle of heartfelt, humble gratitude, we are mindful of the benefits received from our gracious Savior and those He has placed around us. 

By intentionally thanking God and others, bitterness and entitlement are replaced with joy and the humble realization of just how undeserving we really are.  Derived from a popular Revive Our Hearts radio series,  Choosing Gratitude:  Your Journey to Joy challenges and equips the reader to live a life of intention.  A life based on thankfulness - for the freedom Christ has provided and for the blessings of others.

As a bonus, a 30-day plan of journaling, prayer and activities to help the reader on her path to joy is included.

The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss Moody Publishers—2011

The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Review: The Quiet Place

 

Bestselling author Nancy Leigh DeMoss adapts the core themes of her teaching into a format her fans can enjoy daily-366 portions of rich Bible study and practical applications.

 

 Jesus Today - Deluxe Edition: Experience Hope Through His Presence, by Sarah Young
Jesus Today - Deluxe Edition: Experience Hope Through His Presence, by Sarah Young Thomas Nelson—2013

Jesus Today - Deluxe Edition: Experience Hope Through His Presence, by Sarah Young

Hope shines brightest when your world is darkest.

Beloved missionary Sarah Young shares another deeply spiritual devotional to help readers grow in grace, hear from God, discover hope, and walk with Jesus Today.

 

In Jesus Today, readers will be renewed with a deeper sense of hope as Sarah shares this about her spiritual journey in writing the book: "When I began writing Jesus Today, I was deeply discouraged by the failure of many months of intensive medical treatment to improve my health. However, the longer I worked on the book—focusing on finding hope in Jesus—the more hopeful and encouraged I became."

 

Whether readers are needing a lifeline in discouragement, or simply longing for an encouraging boost, this devotional book—a sequel to the #1 bestselling Jesus Calling®—will speak hope into believers’ lives. It is written as if Jesus is assuring that He is in control, that He is good, and that a glorious future awaits all who anchor their hope in Him.

Millions of lives have been touched by the writings of Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling products, and this deluxe edition of Jesus Today is a beautiful addition to this bestselling brand.

 

Daily Light, Morning & Evening Edition, by Samuel Bagster
Daily Light, Morning & Evening Edition, by Samuel Bagster Thomas Nelson—2013

Daily Light, Morning & Evening Edition, by Samuel Bagster

Let God’s Word light your way.

 

One of the most beloved devotionals of all time! For over two hundred years, Samuel Bagster’s classic and timeless Daily Light on the Daily Path has encouraged and strengthened readers with the words of Scripture. The devotional gathers what the Bible has to say on issues such as worry, hope, wisdom, and peace and arranges them so that the Bible speaks directly to felt needs. This beautifully packaged landmark devotional is Scripture only—simple, straightforward, and always relevant. 

 

A quick read perfect for busy people who love the Word, this compilation of related verses based on a daily theme will light readers' paths each morning and evening!

 

African American History Month Daily Devotions 2014, by Angela Robert Jones
African American History Month Daily Devotions 2014, by Angela Robert Jones Abingdon Press—2013

African American History Month Daily Devotions 2014, by Angela Robert Jones

African American History Month is a perfect time to recall and celebrate that the God of our fore- parents is still strong and mighty today. In this collection of devotions, Angela Roberts Jones focuses on the legacy of faith, vision, perseverance, and purpose handed down from past generations. Says Jones: “If our ancestors could endure and achieve in spite of their circumstances, then surely we can have the kind of faith that will move mountains.”

 

As you read these devotions during the month of February, you will be inspired and encouraged to reflect on the past, move into the future, and stay rooted and grounded in the faith. Each devotion contains a daily Scripture, a focus verse, a brief message, and a prayer. The devotions increase a sense of knowledge and awareness of African American history; foster pride in that history and accomplishment; and strengthen personal and communal faith, hope, and commitment to a rich heritage and future.

 

The African American History Month Daily Devotions is perfect for church Bible study; opening meditations for meetings and events; and personal use.

 

 The Duck Commander Devotional, by Alan Robertson
The Duck Commander Devotional, by Alan Robertson Howard Books—2013

The Duck Commander Devotional, by Alan Robertson

 

With the Robertson clan’s flair for down-home wisdom and their wholesome family values, this 365-day devotional re­veals the heart and faith of this much-loved family from A&E’s hit show Duck Dynasty.

Loyal fans of the Duck Dynasty family will relish this col­lection of inspirational messages for each day of the year. From patriarch Phil and matriarch Kay to their four sons—Willie, Jase, Jep, and Alan—and their beautiful wives and children, the entire Robertson clan contributes to this heartening guide. You’ll also hear from Martin, Godwin, and Mountain Man as they share their faith and their personal lives to encourage and inspire readers.

Compiled by the newest addition to Duck Dynasty—the oldest son and former pastor, Al—each devotional contains a brief message, a passage from Scripture, and a prayer. Not only are the messages motivational, but they are also laced with the characters’ trademark wit and revelations of their personal faith journeys. An ideal companion for Duck Dynasty fans, outdoor enthusiasts, and those who want to grow in their faith, The Duck Commander Devotional is certain to inspire you in your own faith journey

Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer, by Beth Moore
Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer, by Beth Moore B&H Books—2013

Whispers of Hope: 10 Weeks of Devotional Prayer, by Beth Moore

Scripture tells us to pray without ceasing, but how in the world do we do that? In fact, how should we effectively pray to begin with?

Best-selling author Beth Moore addresses these practical and pervasive matters in Whispers of Hope by walking readers through an easy to remember and apply method of prayer, coupled with seventy daily devotionals and followed by prompts to put this prayer method into practice.

Indeed, Whispers of Hope teaches the manifestation process of powerful Word-saturated prayer in response to a daily Bible reading. In turn, you will better understand how devotional reading and prayer are central to a stronger relationship with God.

 

Reflections: Meditations for Difficult Times, by Ms. Doris H Rouse
Reflections: Meditations for Difficult Times, by Ms. Doris H Rouse CreatSpace—2014

Reflections: Meditations for Difficult Times, by Ms. Doris H Rouse

When faced with adversity, we either turn to God and discover His peace, comfort and joy, or we turn away from Him and experience despair. The purpose of  Reflections is to encourage those who face adversity to refocus on the One who can see us through the pain to a greater knowledge of Him and His purposes, with a greater reality of His awesome love, mercy and grace. "Reflections" is a collection of poems from the author's personal journals during her recovery from breast cancer in 1993. Combined with her love for photography, she strives to encourage others to 'seek first the kingdom of God" (Matthew 6:33) and in so doing, find the strength and grace to move through life's painful trials to victory in Christ.

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