Susie Larson, popular radio host, speaker and author penned Blessings for the Evening for those whose daytime concerns turn into night time worries and fears, an issue she is very familiar with. If you're like Susie, these end-of-day devotions encourage readers to place their concerns in God's hands and find "peace in God's presence" before bedtime.
Ninety simple devotions with supplementary scripture wash away the concerns of the day as they remind readers of God's "reassuring promises." Thus the focus is shifted to spiritual things instead of the usual nagging concerns and worrisome fears.
Colorful two-page spreads feature scripture readings on the left with a brief devotion on the right. Even though the words are printed on picturesque landscapes, seascapes and muted country settings that enhance each devotions message, the words are easy to read and prepare the mind for sleep.
For example the devotion, Christ in Focus encourages the reader to trust that God will "renew your mind and redeem your words." The biblical perspective encourages faith and trust and promotes a calm spirit with thoughts on God as you drift off to sleep.
The book also includes six topical readings designed for specific circumstances such as grief, disappointment, spiritual warfare, the Sabbath and holidays. The small size and padded cover fit easily on a bedside table or stand and the the book’s design makes it easy to hold.
I've never reviewed a book of evening devotions before and found the readings an exceptional way to end often stressful days.
Blessings for the Evening: Finding Peace in God's Presence, by Susie Larson, Bethany House—2013, 208 Pages, 978-0764211638, $14.99
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Blessings for the Evening: Finding Peace in God's Presence, by Susie Larson
Be Blessed Tonight
Feel the concerns of your day fade away through the reassuring promises of God. These blessings offer refreshment to your soul and a biblical perspective to your thoughts.
Borne from Susie Larson's own bouts with nighttime worries, each blessing and related Scripture is a daily, soothing reminder of God's love and mercy.
"May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace."
Your Beautiful Purpose: Discovering and Enjoying What God Can Do Through You, by Susie Larson
Popular Radio Host Shows Women How to Embrace God's Unique Call for Their Life
Listeners to Susie Larson's radio show and women she meets at events across the country tell her the same thing: I want to do something meaningful for God, but I don't know what to do, or how.
Drawing on her own hard-earned experiences, Larson shows readers how to overcome insecurities, busyness, and other obstacles in order to focus their gifts and passions on their unique God-assignment. With biblical insights and inspiring stories from a variety of women, this action-oriented guide will speak to every woman who has felt a nudge from God--from the visionary who wants to end poverty to the empty-nest mom who feels called to help the young single mother next door.
Growing Grateful Kids: Teaching Them to Appreciate an Extraordinary God in Ordinary Places, by Susie Larson
Even when economic times are tight, our children enjoy an abundance of material possessions. Yet amidst all this wealth, discontentment and competition seem to be on the rise. Instead of teaching children virtues such as gratefulness and patience, many parents are bending over backwards to get their children the latest and greatest item - or feeling guilty when they can't. With the currents of materialism and entitlement flowing so strong, how do we raise kids who are simply thankful?
With simple language, interesting anecdotes, and biblical applications, Susie Larson helps readers understand that although teaching perspective and gratitude to our children is critical, it is not difficult.
Embracing Your Freedom: A Personal Experience of God's Heart for Justice, by Susie Larson
While our culture places great emphasis on comfort, security, control, and success, there are deeper rewards for those who take hold of God's promises and reach out in the Name of Christ. Adventure, faith, miracles, and a deep knowledge of Jesus Christ. This is what Susie calls her readers to realize.
Author and speaker Susie Larson makes her message graspable, accessible, and doable. Her stories, scriptural devotionals, and study questions set the stage for a first-hand experience of God's heart for personal freedom, for the plight of the suffering, and for a conviction to get involved with His work among those in need.
While the book's primary focus is on the reader's journey into freedom, it clearly conveys our shared responsibility to "seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, [and] plead for the widow" (Isaiah 1:17, nrsv). This is God's expectation for those who truly know Him.
When we live in bondage to our fears, insecurities, shame, guilt, despair, or sinful appetites, we live self-focused lives. But when we embrace our freedom in Christ, our hearts are released from captivity and we view everything around us as tools to bring that same freedom to those who desperately need it. This book is for the woman who wants to grow stronger in her walk of faith and who wants to gain a greater view of God's heart for the world. May she be provoked, to be as free as God meant her to be. And as a result, may she become an advocate for the freedoms of others.
Each chapter includes devotional insights, justice quotes, anecdotes, prayer guidance, and study/reflective questions.
The Uncommon Woman: Making an Ordinary Life Extraordinary, by Susie Larson
Imagine yourself in a pool of strong swimmers, all swimming clockwise. You, a Christian woman, are swimming counter-clockwise...counter-cultural, if you will. This book is for the woman who longs to rise up out of the stereotypical behavior of gossip, insecurity, pettiness, and small dreams. She has an unfulfilled desire to be someone who goes against the grain of the common for the sole purpose of living a life with conviction. The woman who reads this book is ready to believe in her deep value, ready to accept her high calling, and ready to make a difference in a world in need of her influence. Go ahead, swim against the stream to become The Uncommon Woman.
Alone in Marriage: Encouragement For the Times When It's All Up to You, by Susie Larson
Books abound for those whose marriages are crumbling or have ended. But what about those marriages committed "'til death do us part" and yet are going through a period of time when one spouse is carrying the burden? What happens to a woman when marriage gets heavy and she gets weary? Often, when a woman ends up carrying the weight of the marriage (due to her husband's health, choices, workload, etc.), her tendency is to "get out or check out." She may consider her husband's distraction an opportunity to do her own thing. But is there a better way to walk through this season? Even thrive?
Susie Larson stands in as an encouraging friend, walking with you, helping you to discern how anxiety and anger will slow you down; and how loneliness and disappointment can actually refine and bless you. You will be challenged and inspired as you wrap your arms around this time and remember that God has His arms around you.
Balance That Works When Life Doesn't: Simple Steps to a Woman's Physical and Spiritual Health, by Susie Larson
Are you feeling frazzled physically? Emotionally? Spiritually? You're not alone. Thousands of home school moms struggle to balance family, home, and a relationship with God. But be encouraged---Larson shares practical steps to lead you into a life of health, wholeness, and holiness. Discover how to be open to God, cultivate spiritual and physical endurance, find time to nourish your body and soul, and more!
Mercy in the Wilderness, by Susie Larson
"Susie Larson is a person of deep personal integrity, who brings real life experiences to her writing. In this book, Susie does not give shallow answers to life's deepest pain and problems and the hard questions about God that arise as we struggle through the valleys. Instead, she offers the kind of hope that only comes from finding God in the center of those hardest places.