Book Review: Lord I Give You This Day

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Not to be dramatic, but this is probably my least favorite daily devotional I have read to date. I was excited to get Kay Arthur's book, "Lord I Give You This Day: 366 Appointments with God" because I generally appreciate Arthur's other works and her well-researched fleshing out of Scripture. But I am sorry to say that this book was not at all what I expected. I imagine it is difficult to write a book of 366 daily devotions- so many topics and verses and writings! I found this daily devotional book to be a bit cryptic in its purpose. There was no overall theme or directive in any of the writings-- not even a continuity between any of the day to day writings. Each day's devotional thought was entirely disconnected from the one before. In some instances, that is ok. But I found it difficult to engage daily with this book when I had no idea how it built upon the previous days' readings.

I also found this book a difficult daily devotional because the dominant thought was often hard to decipher. Arthur didn't start with a specific Scripture or even a dominant thought for the day. It just seemed like random writings, with the point often being too far at the end of the reading. When I look for another daily reading, I will look for one that is more clear in its purpose, and that has a more poignant (less wandering) progression throughout the year.

All that being said, I do still love most of Kay Arthur's other works. This one bad egg won't keep me from reading more of her writings in the future. I just think the overall outline and purpose of this book is poorly executed.  You can purchase this book on Amazon.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review."

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