Habits of the Heart By Katherine J. Butler

I truly like a good devotional book, especially one that covers 365 days and carries me through the entire year. I found this one a bit different but in a good way. Each week has a specific spiritual discipline addressed, daily there is a scripture, and a focus comparable to other books of this type, but that is where the similarities end. At first glance I was surprised to see the actual devotionals were very short. I thought, “That makes it quick and easy to read but how will I get much out of it?” Then I read my first one. It wasn’t just something to rush thorough, but ask me questions, stirred my heart toward thoughts to self-examination, and encouraged me to actually write out my answers to apply the scripture to my life.
Each one directed me to the Lord inspiring me to not only make Him first in my day, but I other areas of my life. I feel the questions (and they were very to the point and excellent!) made the difference. The author encourages the reader to prayerfully consider what God would have them do. I found myself digging deeper within myself and not just “reading” the scripture. This book will gently train your heart and mind to see, think, and become like Christ; to ultimately have a closer relationship with him.
The book is small and easily tucked into a purse or put nearby but print is not tiny and is easy to read. I was impressed by the quality of the binding and pages. A very nice, treasure of a book!
I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

When Did Everybody Else Get So Old? By Jennifer Grant

We have all thought this from time to time, after seeing old friends or school mates we have not seen in a while, or possibly adults from our younger years. Until we have seen the effects of the passing of time on them, they are frozen in our memory as we saw them last. Seeing ourselves daily we don’t notice our own aging.
I am past the midlife but since our 60’s is touted as the new 40’s I thought I could garner some new insights from the book. I have pretty much already experienced or am experiencing some of her topics. The author takes the reader what to expect in the midlife journey and rites of passage with a mixture of hope, wit, surprises, sadness, wisdom and details by sharing true personal stories. When thinking of aging we tend to focus on the physical, but those changes are connected with mental, spiritual and emotional adjustments. They cannot be separated and are all tied together.
Though a well written and enjoyable book I could not recommend it to of Miss Grants biblical and doctrinal references which do not match up with what I have studied in Scripture.
I received this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.