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Remarkable Hope

Remarkable HopeRemarkable Hope: When Jesus Revived Hope in Disappointed People by Shauna Letellier
Published by FaithWords on March 5, 2019
ISBN: 1455571717
Genres: Christian Non-fiction, Inspirational
Pages: 224
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Synopsis

Rediscover eight people in the Bible whose hopes and expectations went from disappointment to life-changing transformation through Jesus.

Remarkable Hope reveals a pattern of hope where individuals were surprised by Jesus in drastic ways after they placed their hope in him and were--at first--disappointed. Their stories show his work was rarely what they anticipated.

As we observe Christ's faithful commitment to these Biblical characters who hoped in him, we are wowed by his unseen plan. We are comforted by his orchestration of circumstances and revived by his enduring presence. Remarkable Hope helps us gladly declare, like the apostle Paul, that "our hope does not disappoint us."

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My Thoughts on Remarkable Hope:

I feel like I’ve said this a lot lately, but I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!

Like many others, I’ve had times in my life where I’ve questioned whether my hope in Jesus was misplaced. It’s seemed as if I’d never get past the pain and felt as if every day brought a new set of troubles. Remarkable Hope is a wonderful book for anyone who has ever felt that way in the past, or is going through hard times right now.

It’s filled with stories about fairly well-known biblical characters. The way they’re told makes their stories feel so much more real, and gave so much more meaning to them, that I found myself amazed I’d never seen such insight into them before! The chapter about Jairus and his daughter was particularly moving. It had me weeping uncontrollably!

As the introduction chapter, “Steadfast Hope” states,

…chapters are biblical vignettes: short retellings of times when people placed their hope in Christ and appeared – at first – to be disappointed by him. …

As we observe his faithful commitment to those who hope in him, we will be wowed by his unseen plan, comforted by his words, and revived by his presence.

excerpts from the Steadfast Hope chapter, Remarkable Hope

The set up:

I particularly enjoyed the way the book was set up/organized.

Each chapter begins with the bible verses featuring the character the chapter is about. It then moves into a fictionalized account of the same time period/scene in that biblical figure’s life. The stories themselves are incredibly moving and prove Letellier’s point on their own. But she then goes on to give a further reflection on the person and the type of hope they had. Each chapter then ends with a prayer.

Final Thoughts:

I absolutely loved this book. As I already said, I think it’s perfect for just about anyone! Whether you’re a believer in Christ, or just need a ray of hope to shine in your life, this book is going to lift your spirits and help pull you up and through!

What do you think? Have you read Remarkable Hope? Could you use a book like this? Have a similar book suggestion for me? Leave me a comment below and thanks for visiting Combing Through the Pages!

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What a Great Word

What a Great WordWhat a Great Word!: A Year of Daily Devotions by Karen Moore
Published by FaithWords on December 4, 2018
ISBN: 1546031952
Genres: Christian Non-fiction, Devotional
Pages: 384
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four-half-stars

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Synopsis

WHAT A GREAT WORD! is a new kind of devotional. With Scripture and fresh insights from author Karen Moore, readers are able to focus on one word each day to strengthen their faith and see God's hand at work.These are simple words, words we use every day that we often gloss over when reading God's Word. If, for example, the word for the day is "protect," the reading from Psalm 121:6-8 declares: "The Lord will protect you from all dangers; He will guard your life." Readers will then see how the Lord protects our lives. He is the One who defends us, guards us, and keeps us safe. With one simple word, readers will move from hoping the Lord will protect us, to believing He will act on our behalf. Now that's a Great Word!"What a Great Word! is a beautiful way to spend a few minutes each day focusing on what is really important and growing into the person God created us to become." -- Jean Ziglar, wife of Zig Ziglar

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Well, it looks like this is my last review of 2018. I have to be honest, it’s a little sad. But I have quite a number of reviews ready to be posted in the upcoming weeks and I’m super excited about that!

My Thoughts on What a Great Word by Karen Moore:

I generally love devotional books. They’re a quick, easy way to make sure I connect with God’s word every single day.

A good daily devotional keeps me excited to read the next day’s story, thoughts, and scripture. It challenges my interpretations and forces me to dig deeper. That’s exactly what What a Great Word did for me.

Unfortunately, since I was specifically reading What a Great Word with the intention of reviewing it, I had to rush through every day in a short period of time. The book is meant to be read one page, one word, each day. So I feel I may have lost something in the speed, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

What a Great Word is set up in a “word of the day” type format. Every day begins with a “new” word. It then gives a scripture with that word in it and then explains how the word connects with scripture and how to apply it in your life. Every day ends in a prayer.

The daily devotions are short, which makes it a great devotional for people short on time, as well as people like me who can get sidetracked very easily. I’ve included a picture of today’s reading below to give an example of what you can find in this book. Since it’s also probably the longest reading, I thought it’d give a good idea of what I mean by short…

December 31 from What a Great Word by Karen Moore

With the first of the year tomorrow, I recommend this for women looking for a good 2019 devotional. Have you read it? What do you think of the way it’s set up?

My Other Thoughts…

I’m curious… how many other people genuinely enjoy devotional books? What are your favorites?

I’ve gotten some of my favorites for other people and found that they seldom use them. My favorite of all time is Jesus Always by Sarah Young, who also did Jesus Calling. Not everyone likes the way those are written though.

So where do you fall? Are you one of those people who set out to use a devotional throughout the year, but can’t seem to stick to it? Are you against them all together? Or are you the type that love them, like me?

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