Encountering God's Heart for You by Diane Stortz

Encountering God’s Heart for You by Diane Stortz

A book review of Encountering God’s Heart for You: 365 Devotions from Genesis through Revelation by Diane Stortz. A daily devotional journey through the whole story of the Bible.
Shared by permission of Elisabeth Espinoza.

Encountering God’s Heart for You by Diane Stortz features 365 brief devotions that chronologically explore important people, events, and themes in Scripture beginning in Genesis and continuing all the way through to Revelation. Having personally read through an entire chronological Bible just last year, I am finding Encountering God’s Heart for You to be one of the most inspiring devotionals I have read in quite a while. Ms. Stortz writes authentically with genuine heart, humility, and knowledge. Her deep love of God is certainly evident as she thoughtfully focuses on God’s great love as revealed throughout all the books of the Bible.

Well-researched, well-organized, and well-written, this devotional offers relevant and applicable insights from a wide variety of Old and New Testament people, events, and themes, while also including refreshingly honest details that are enriched by historical context and cultural insights. Page after page, this book presents a vivid glimpse into the lives of real, flawed human beings who were integral in God’s plan for the redemption of humanity. Though they lived thousands of years ago, these men and women made choices that we can still learn from today.

As I continue to read and reflect on each of the daily readings, I connect wholeheartedly with Ms. Stortz’s sincere faith and her desire to share it with others. In addition to the biblical accounts, she also includes her own thoughts and stories, various Scripture verses, and daily prayers. These serve to add to the depth of truth found throughout the book. I am finding these readings to be practical, encouraging, thought-provoking, and utterly meaningful.

Encountering God’s Heart for You will resonate with those who long for a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace, as well as how he has established a pattern of using ordinary people and events to accomplish extraordinary things according to his will. Gentle in its tone, yet powerful in its message, this devotional is worthy of being read on a daily basis. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Diane Stortz, Author

Diane Stortz, Author

Diane Stortz is a multipublished author who writes to make God’s wonders known to the next generation. Her children’s releases include the best-selling Say & Pray Bible and I AM: 40 Reasons to Trust God, both from Tommy Nelson. Diane’s books for women, A Woman’s Guide to Reading the Bible in a Year and Encountering God’s Heart for You, both from Bethany House, encourage women to get to know God through His Word, the Bible. Diane and her husband have two married daughters and five grandchildren—all boys! Visit her at www.DianeStortz.com.

 

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Becky Harling

Becky Harling

Becky Harling has a new book releasing February 6th titled, Who Do You Say That I Am? This new Bible study considers the challenging questions Jesus asked and answers those question by considering His I Am statements. 

 

 

 

What do you do when your marriage isn’t broken, but it doesn’t seem to be growing, either? Noted author and speaker Cindi McMenamin shows you the small changes you can make to touch your husband’s heart in a big way in her Feb. 1 release from Harvest House Publishers:  12 Ways to Experience More with Your Husband. McMenamin, who has been married 30 years to a pastor and introvert, is hoping this book will help wives regain the joy and sparks they once experienced in their marriage. The book includes biblical insights, stories of marriages that have been transformed, and practical ways to recapture your husband’s heart.

 

 

 

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“Author Susan G Mathis did a wonderful job with this dual timeline novel, The Fabric of Hope: An Irish Family Legacy. Beginning in 1851 Ireland, you could “see” what was happening. The family forced to make a difficult decision. You could “feel” the ship creaking and swaying on the sea. The fear and the hope were evident. Then in the modern day, you sensed Maggie’s desperation and witnessed her spiritual growth.

I thoroughly enjoyed the historical information that was woven throughout this book. Maybe because I have Irish ancestry it meant more, but it was all so well written that you were there. Despair turns to triumph as both women learn to trust and lean on God. If you enjoy historical fiction, or stories with Irish legacy, I highly recommend this book!” —V.B. Sluiter

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Today it’s a real pleasure to review the latest release of my writing peer, and publisher, Roseanna White.

One of the many things I like about WhiteFire is they publish books that some would call edgy Christian fiction–I prefer the term, realistic.

The wrong things happen in life, and that’s why we need the Savior. But in WhiteFire Publishing, while these issues happen within the story, the story must always point back to the need for Jesus Christ to wash away our sins. That’s what happens within the pages of Jewel of Persia which I rated 5 stars.

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A Baby Between Them by Winnie Griggs

Publisher

Love Inspired Historical

ISBN

978-0-373-82919-4

For two months, Nora Murphy has cared for the abandoned infant she found on their Boston-bound ship.  Settled now in Faith Glen, Nora tells herself she’s happy.  She has little Grace, and a good job as housekeeper to Sheriff Cameron Long.  She doesn’t need anything more – not the big family she always wanted, or Cam’s love…

A traumatic childhood closed Cam off to any dreams of family life.  Yet somehow his lovely housekeeper and her child have opened his heart again.  When the unthinkable occurs, it will take all their faith to reach a new future together.

 

Winnie Griggs, a Plain Dealing, Louisiana resident, has written historical and contemporary romances for three different lines. Her work has won a number of regional and national awards, most recently the 2011 Lorie for Best Inspirational Romance of 2010. A small town girl herself, Winnie’s books focus on family and community and matters of faith – all subjects that are near and dear to her own heart. In fact, the motto on her website reads “Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace”

Winnie has been married for over 35 years to her college sweetheart and together they have raised four now-grown children and a too-numerous-to-count assortment of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, turtles and 4-H sheep. Besides reading and writing, Winnie’s favorite activities include cooking, exploring flea markets and pretending the growing army of dust bunnies who have invaded her home will disappear if she just ignores them.

Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can contact her via her website www.winniegriggs.com or find her on facebook and pinterest.

This new release was uploaded by Cecelia Dowdy! Happy Reading!

 

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The Someday List by Stacy Hawkins Adams Paperback: 256 pages Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2010) Language: English ISBN-10: 0800732669 ISBN-13: 978-0800732660 

From the Back Cover What do you do when you realize you're not who you want to be? Rachelle Covington has it all. A fabulous home, a handsome and successful husband, two beautiful children, and a place in the upper crust that's quite comfortable. But life is not all it's cracked up to be, and Rachelle finds herself yearning for more. When her husband goes away on a business trip and the kids are sent off to the grandparents for a month, Rachelle heads back to Jubilant, Texas, to visit family and reconnect with her past, her purpose, and herself. But when a blast from the past shows up, Rachelle must confront feelings she thought she'd long buried. Will she give up everything to recover what could have been? Or will she find a reason to plan for the future? Fresh, sincere, and full of hope, The Someday List is an honest look at what makes us who we are. Stacy Hawkins Adams is an Essence bestselling author whose books illuminate the themes of faith, forgiveness, and women's friendships. She is the author of Speak to My Heart, Nothing but the Right Thing, and Watercolored Pearls. Adams is also a freelance journalist and inspirational speaker, and devotes considerable time to child advocacy issues. She and her family live in Virginia.

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