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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

"Dwelling In His Presence" by Cynthia Heald

As a mother of three children (two under age 5), I long to dwell in God's presence, but find it difficult to do that on some days!  So, I was extremely interested in this title right away.  It did not disappoint.  I have done a couple of Ms Heald's Bible studies and knew her as a solid Bible teacher and trustworthy to rightly divide God's word.

This is a very attractive book with about 185 pages of material.  In "Dwelling In His Presence", Ms Heald takes the reader on a 30 day journey of intimacy with God.  The subtitle calls it a "devotional for today's woman".  But I found it to be more of a short Bible study broken into 30 short segments with each segment about 3 to 4 pages in length.  

One of the things I really liked about each day's reading is that you are not left hanging with just Ms Heald's thoughts.  You are given the opportunity to respond in relationship with God.  At the end of each day's study, the reader is given the opportunity to "Listen to the Most High" where a scripture passage relating to that day's thoughts is given to be read and a corresponding question for thought and meditation.  Also the reader is given the opportunity to apply the scripture with a section called "Experiencing His power and Presence".

Being a busy mother of three, I appreciated the opportunity given in "Dwelling In His Presence" to have a time of Bible study without having a lot of reading to do.  Don't misunderstand the shortness of each day's reading for shallowness of thought on Ms Heald's part.  Those 3 to 4 pages pack a powerful punch.  She very concisely fills each day with deep biblical thought and leaves you with plenty to "chew" on.

If you feel the following words taken from the preface of the book, then you should seriously think about getting your hands on this devotional book:
"A continual cry of my heart is that I might always be deepening my intimacy with the Lord.  I do not want to become complacent, or even satisfied, in my current relationship with Him.  I desire to keep growing in my love and knowledge of God in essence, I thirst for His ongoing power and presence in my life."

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
"Dwelling In His Presence" can be purchased at Amazon by following this link:  Dwelling in His Presence: 30 Days of Intimacy with God: A Devotional for Today's Woman.

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Leslie said...

I've enjoyed her studies, too. This sounds like a good one.