Monday, March 21, 2016

5 Minutes with Jesus Peace for Today by Sheila Walsh Book Review

5 Minutes with Jesus: Peace for Today

Today I want to share a book review with you. 

The title of this book is a good summary of what to expect. It's a little book filled with short devotionals that are easily read in about 5 minutes. The topics range from worry and anxiety to trust and peace. The format is the same for each devotional. They start with a little personal story from the author or the re-telling of a Bible account and then she ties it in with a Biblical truth and encouragement. There is a little box in each one that has an encouraging tidbit, such as, "God loves you for who you are, not for what you do." Each devotional ends with several scriptures written out with the reference. 

My first impression was that it's a pretty little book. It's small and easy to carry with you and even throw in your purse if you wanted. The blue and white floral and polka dot theme is throughout the whole book and the font choices are nice. I enjoy reading a book that is also very appealing to look at. 

The devotionals are very short and to the point, which I appreciate. I also like that they begin with the authors personal story or re-telling of a Bible account and end with several scriptures that are written out. I really appreciate that there are no further commentaries on the scriptures. God's word is more than capable of speaking for itself! 

The one thing I really don't like is some of the translations used for the scriptures at the end of each devotional. I particularly don't care for the Message translation which is used, but not excessively. The two main translations used are the NIV and NLT. On the positive side it encourages me to look up the verse again in the translation I am more use to reading.

Overall I am happy to use this book as my devotional for now. I really like how short each one is and that if I have a bit more time I can read more than one. I really like how pretty the book is and that the main focus really is to read some scripture. I would recommend this little devotional if you are in a busy season or as a supplement to whatever else you may be studying.

I received a free copy of this book through the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

1 comment:

Gail said...

What a fabulous freebie to receive for a review - I know you are so enjoying this!