It's the new year (sort of) and in addition to a gym membership, lots of us are getting new devotionals. I'm a big fan of books as decor, and devotionals are one of my favorites design elements despite my increasing minimalist tendencies. Having a short insight on a scripture at my fingertips often draws me back to a vertical perspective in the midst of a horizontal, task filled day. And for me, this especially true if the devotional is visually pleasing.
In Earth Psalms: Reflections on how God speaks through nature by Francine Rivers, I found both. You know the author primarily as a fiction writer of books like Redeeming Love and Linage of Grace. After many encouragements to write a devotional, Rivers chose to do so while partnering with nature photographer Karin Stock Buursma. The result is a reflective and beautiful book.
Creation offers us lessons on God's power, His design for both earth and people, and His relationship with both. This book has the elements I love similar to classics like A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 by Phillip Keller (which everyone should read) where we learn faith lessons like "how we like sheep have all gone astray" (Isaiah 53:6) quite literally.
The spiritual insights here are solid and practical, and her gift as a story teller draws you in to the details and help you see what may be familiar truths with a new perspective. Each entry ends with a Reflect question, an Apply suggestion and a Connect With God prayer. This is a great gift for the photographer in your life, the Francine Rivers fan and even someone who doesn't follow Jesus but loves nature. You will enjoy this book long after you give up on your new gym membership!
Read well, friends.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishing for review. Free or not, you get only my honest opinion.