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Blessings for the Evening: Finding Peace in God's Presence, by Susie Larson

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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.

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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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