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Voices of the Faithful, Devotions for Every Day of the Year: Book 1, with Beth Moore, Kim P Davis Compiler, Thomas Nelson, 2005, 480 Pages, ISBN-13:978-1591453642, $14.
These short essay style devotions from Christian evangelists remove missionaries from the category of “…faceless far-removed folks.” They become “…live, flesh-and-blood people just like you and me,” writes Beth Moorein her introduction to Voice of the Faithful, Book One.
Beth uses a string of Christmas lights as an analogy of who God intends Christians to be like. She writes. “We’re meant to be like multicolored Christmas lights attached to one electrical cord called the Holy Spirit…strung strategically over the earth…shining more brightly because we know others are there.”
Beth writes about missionaries, her love and appreciation for them and the sacrifices they make in the introduction to each months devotions following themes January through December.
For example, January’s theme is “God’s Character.” Beth writes how God created “…our souls to crave new beginnings.” She associates new beginnings with fresh starts that happen each new day, new week, new month and eventually New Year. Other monthly themes are:
- February—God’s Word
- April—God’s Grace
- July—God Working
- September—God Before Me
- October—Spiritual Warfare
- December—Christmas Around the World
Stories of missionaries who face danger, sickness, atrocities and often persecution include: (From the back cover)
- A Christian claims the names of God at knifepoint and lives to tell about it.
- Prayer revives a coma victim, in defiance of village witch doctors.
- A Bible verse between friends helps a Hindu family discover the light of Christ.
- An abused seven-ear-old who asks, “Do you have any pills that would give me hope?”
- Prayer walking college students lay foundation for spiritual revival in West Africa.
- A former Muslim finds forgiveness in the Jesus she denied.
This collection of 366-inspirational one-page essays, arranged by monthly topic, highlight the many uncertainties missionaries face every day. Authors come from a variety of cultures and experiences which their diverse stories reflect.
The writings are designed for contemplation throughout the day, feature Scripture and conclude with brief prayer. Beth’s insightful comments are especially useful. Short sections on life, relationship with God and how to pray for missionaries, along with a comprehensive index complete the book.
Anything by Beth Moore, whether compilation or writing should be given serious consideration. This book of missionary narratives encourages quiet time, prayer, self-understanding and journaling.
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