Worthy Publishing contacted me to do a review for them on Richard Exley’s new devotional book titled “Authentic Living”. This is the first book that I have ever read by this author. This devotional book is really designed for people who want to do very quick devotions on a daily basis. These devotions are geared to be completed in about 5 or 10 minutes at the most. The writing style flows very nicely, although the content is just a little shorter than what my preference is geared toward. With that said, I’m sure some people in the Pentecostal arena will enjoy this particular devotion book.
I would give this book a 8.5 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a pretty solid 4 star rating.
This devotional book is written very well and the author’s skill in writing is very clearly seen. This is designed to be quick daily devotionals that take only a few minutes each day. First is the devotional section followed by a specific related Scripture then a short prayer for each day. One of the things that I liked was how the author created these devotions so they followed a specific theme or topic for 5 to 7 days and then went to the next topic. They flowed very nicely within the theme.
Now, with that said, the first theme in the book has to do with faith and finances. I don’t personally prescribe to the prosperity movement and this first theme did have that undertone to it in my opinion. It was subtle, but I felt it was there. There are a few of the devotions that lend themselves more toward the Pentecostal side, but even if you are not from that arena, there are still a lot of daily devotionals that are very good and you would still get a lot out of these. Very well written devotional book.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: 365-Day Devotional
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Publication Date: November 1, 2016
ISBN-13 of Bible Reviewed: 978-1617957420
Price: At the time of writing this review, the cheapest place to get this novel from is Amazon. They have it for $10.97 – suggested retail from the publisher is $14.99. See below for a breakout and links to the different prices from some major re-sellers. Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges and are subject to change at the seller’s discretion.
- 368 pages
- Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.2 x 7.4 inches
- Weight: 14.4 ounces
My Favorite Part:
I really do think that the author has a strong gift in writing. He was able to pack a lot of depth into these short daily devotionals.
My Least Favorite Part:
I admit that not everyone will agree with me on this, but I did feel that there is an undertone of the prosperity movement in this devotional. I did not read every single daily devotional, but I did read a solid third of them and you can feel that undertone in some of the devotions.
If you are someone who is looking for short devotions, this would be a good book for you. If you are against the prosperity movement or aspects of Pentecostal viewpoints, then you may not like all of these daily devotions. I’m not saying that all of them are in this viewpoint, because they are not. There is just a small spattering of them in certain parts of the book. Overall, it’s a pretty good “quick” devotional book.
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