Kathy Ide, author, editor, and writing mentor, introduced her new devotional series for fiction lovers in June, just in time for summer reading. 21 Days of Grace, the first book in the fiction series, features twenty-one emotionally engaging stories that celebrate God’s unconditional love. Familiar author names include Cindy Woodsmall, Deborah Raney, Cecil Murphey, Nanette Thorsen-Snipes, Angela Hunt, DiAnn Mills, and many more.
The unique devotional series offers fictional devotions in chapter length stories which are easy to complete in one sitting; for example, over breakfast, at lunch, or during a coffee break. Author bios and thought-provoking Scriptures, along with brief life application segments, complete each story. Stories focus on issues common to us all, such as depression, materialism, inability to forgive or be forgiven, pride, and more.
There’s something for every reading taste. From Cindy Woodsmall’s, “Through a Dark Glass,” set in an uncompromising Amish community to Angela Hunt’s, “True Confession,” an account of consuming guilt. Or Kathy Ide’s, “Rag Doll,” a story that questions God’s love when bad things happen. Then there’s Roxanne Andersons’ unusual story “The Pain Redemption,” which is a fictionalized account of Jesus’ conversation with the Father before He left heaven.
Nanette Thorsen-Snipes’ story, “Thorns,” carries an important message, especially with nearly 20 people per minute suffering from physical abuse at an all-time high, according to national statistics for domestic abuse. And Lori Freeland’s story, “There and Back,” is about letting go of the past, accepting forgiveness and moving on. This is just a sampling, among many other stories.
Kathy encourages readers who feel moved or blessed by the stories to share their experiences with others at www.FictionDevo.com, and read what others have shared. If a more casual setting is preferred, visit FaceBook.com/FictionDevo to share your thoughts.
I suspect Kathy’s new series is destined to become a best seller because of the variety of authors and well-written stories that celebrate God, His grace, His love, and Christ’s gift of salvation. This devotion series is designed for readers who already enjoy Christian fiction; however, the books are an excellent gift choice to introduce those who haven’t yet discovered the value of Christian fiction.
Future books in this series include: 21 Days of Christmas (October 2015), 21 Days of Love (January 2016), and 21 Days of Joy (April 2016).
‘21 Days of Grace’ is an eye-catching gift choice, available in hardcover or Kindle, and 21 Days of Grace: Group Study Guide is also available.
’21 Days of Grace,’ compiled by Kathy Ide, Broadstreet Publishing, 2015, 192 Pages, 978-1424550234, $14.99
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“21 Days of Grace,” compiled by Kathy Ide
Christians have long loved devotionals, but today’s believers are also developing a strong love for fiction. They want to read stories about characters they can relate to, who experience situations similar to their own, and learn from those examples how to live out their faith. For them, life lessons are more easily absorbed this way.
21 Days of Grace fits all of these needs. It is a collection of engaging, inspirational short fiction stories written by new, intermediate, and well-known authors including Angela Hunt, Deborah Raney, Cindy Woodsmall, Tracy Higley, Cecil Murphey, DiAnn Mills, Robin Bayne, and more.
Like Jesus’ parables, these stories deal with important life issues in a subtle, unpressured manner. And, as Jesus did, the authors follow up with life applications based on the stories, suggesting how the inherent lessons can be applied to the reader’s daily life.
“21 Days of Grace Group Study Guide” (A Fiction Lover’s Devotional Group Study Guide) Kindle Edition, by Jeanette Morris and Kathy Ide
This Group Study Guide is a companion book to 21 Days of Grace: Stories that Celebrate God’s Unconditional Love. Designed for small-group gatherings such as book clubs, Bible studies, or get-togethers with friends, it contains tips for group leaders and extra questions to guide discussions. Each group member will need a copy of the devotional, 21 Days of Grace, to fully participate in these lessons.
The author grants permission to copy and distribute copies of this study guide to all group participants. Please include the following notice. “21 Days of Grace Group Study Guide by Jeanette Morris and Kathy Ide. Used by permission.”
Order copies of 21 Days of Grace: Stories that Celebrate God’s Unconditional Love at amazon.com, today.
“Looking Up: Trusting God With Your Every Need,” by Beth Moore
When life is looking down, look up and find God’s deliverance! Life can be hard . . . sometimes to the point of feeling as though your struggles will never end. Looking Up Devotional is bestselling author Beth Moore’s timeless message of hope and deliverance taken from Psalm 40 in a new deluxe edition.
Each entry includes a verse, a daily reading, and a prayer. You’ll discover you are indeed not alone, and that God’s gracious provision of love and faithfulness is at work, pointing you toward a life of wholeness. Daily readings gently lead you into His arms finding lasting purpose and peace. Content for this devotional was adapted from Beth’s bestselling book Get Out of That Pit.
“Devotions for Couples,” by Cecil Murphey
Falling in love seems to be so easy. But staying in love—isn’t that our ultimate goal? Don’t you want to be with someone as long as you both shall live? In Devotions for Couples the author uses his own marriage of over five decades to demonstrate how keeping love alive is possible, maintainable and so enriching—with God’s help.
In this six-week devotional you’ll discover how to emulate Christ’s example of unconditional love in your own relationship. Find out how to tell if you are fighting fair and making allowances for one another’s differences. Learn how spiritual straight talk can help you express loyalty and love while enriching your life to the fullest. Using the powerful words of Christ, you will soon be on your way to making your relationship last a lifetime.
“The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies,” by Stephen Kendrick & Alex Kendrick
Inspired by the Kendrick Brothers’ new movie, War Room, this exciting new resource from the #1 best-selling author team behind The Love Dare and The Resolution for Men is designed to help anyone learn how to become a powerful person of prayer.
The Battle Plan for Prayer begins with prayer’s core purpose, its biblical design, and its impact throughout history. Readers will be guided scripturally through the fundamentals of how effective prayer works, inspired towards a closer, more intimate relationship with God, and shown how to develop specific prayer strategies for each area of life. Prayer can accomplish what a willing God can accomplish. It should be your first plan of attack in all of life’s battles, not your last resort. If you want to experience the joy of mightily answered prayer, then it’s time to engage with God at another level.
“The Extraordinary Presence of God: True Stories of Faith and Courage in Ordinary Lives.” by Anne White Knowles
Every story will make a difference to someone. Need a lift for living? The stories in The Extraordinary Presence of God are about people from all walks of life who will encourage and inspire those who are seeking a closer walk with God or who are going through trials of their own.
The writers share how God has worked in their lives to direct, protect, heal, or even preserve life. All have experienced the extraordinary presence of God in their lives in the midst of challenging circumstances. The subjects of the stories range in age from babies to seniors. The lifestyles include everything from missionaries to a military wife, and all in between—even a cat.
Blind Devotion | Jubilee Project Short Film
Jubilee Project is excited to share “Blind Devotion”, the second in a series of two short films about unconditional love, in partnership with Pastor Francis Chan and his latest book “You and Me Forever”.
“You and Me Forever” was written by Francis and his wife Lisa on marriage in the light of eternity. Today, 100% of all proceeds from book sales go towards fighting poverty in Africa – projects like building a safe haven village for young women rescued out of prostitution.
There will also be a “You and Me Forever” book mobile app in the App Store & Google Play soon, where “Blind Devotion” will also be available for viewing. In the meantime, the physical book can be purchased at http://bit.ly/1G8Qbnu.