So, I’ll be transparent from the get-go. I’m not good with sticking to a devotional like this. I like going through a book, passage by passage. I like studying in depth concerning a specific topic or doctrine. But a devotional that is “for the rest of us,” doesn’t seem like its for me and I was skeptical from the start.
Until I really started, that is. Until I really gave myself and this book a chance, I was not really into it. Of course, it really only took about two or three mornings before I was all in. Jarrid Wilson does an incredible job here. I had the privilege of walking through this text by way of Vyrso books (www.vyrso.com) and I loved having it available on my phone. This is becoming the very first thing (or sometimes second, I won’t lie!) that I do in the mornings. Anyways, more about the devotional …
The entries are short and to the point. He knows his audience well, which I would presume would be 18-30 year olds. I mean, the very first entry challenges its readers to tweet (each entry ends with a challenge for the day, from something simple like tweeting to something not so easy, like telling someone you don’t know about the hope that you have in Christ). The devotional is like waking up and taking a huge gulp of spiritual goodness — it just gets your day started right and focused on Christ. I am often a mess about finding the right book or devotional to travel through, and if you are like I was and just in a rut as far as what to read, this is an inexpensive effort to get your life focused on devoting time and energy to the King. I’d highly recommend it.
Find out more at this link: http://kirkdalepress.com/books/30-words/
OFFICIAL BOOK DESCRIPTION:
More than anything, our God just wants us to spend time with him. He wants to be in a relationship with us, but for some reason we can’t seem to find the time. The time to pray, the time to read our Bibles, the time to sit and be still with God. In today’s fast-paced culture of instant downloads and drive-through lattes, we learn that faster is better, that slowing down is not an option. But if we look at Scripture carefully, we see that this is the exact opposite of how God has called us to live.
Specialists say it takes 30 days to form a habit. It’s time we made being with God a habit – an unbreakable one. In 30 Words, you’ll find the encouragement to open your heart, mind, and soul to God. Each day you’ll focus on a single word about God and our relationship with him. Full of key verses to meditate on, as well as quotes and teachings from Christian leaders, 30 Words will help you make a habit of spiritual development—one that will transform you from the inside out.
“Jarrid Wilson has a passion and heart for God that is contagious. His genuine faith comes through powerfully in his teaching and writing. 30 Words points to the God of all wonder and grace in a way that will expand your faith and experience of God.” -Jud Wilhite, Senior Pastor of Central Christian Church, Las Vegas, and best-selling author of Torn and Throw it Down
“30 Words is a both simple and profound. 30 Words successfully challenges readers to direct their focus around a single word each day. The challenges to tweet or post statements of faith are great ways to motivate action out of contemplation. 30 Words is a great devotional for the rest of us.” -Dan Pierce, Executive Pastor, Crossroads Christian Church
“In 30 Words Jarrid Wilson takes a “Steve Jobs” approach to Christian discipleship, offering a simple, yet not simplistic, month long journey into the grand canyon that is God. Filled with profound insights, coupled with practical application, 30 Words is a great resource for those wanting to grow in their walk with Jesus. I highly recommend!” -Ian DiOrio, Young Adult Pastor, Eastside Christian Church
**This book was provided free from my friends at Vyrso.com, Kirkdalepress.com, and Logos.com with my promise to post an unbiased review.