There is something about a good story that makes spiritual truths more comprehensible. When a story touches our heart the impact of its validity is long lasting. Christ, himself, taught in parables. Think about the principle behind the golden rule. What story comes to mind? Perhaps it is that of the Good Samaritan. It is because we relate to stories. Stories inspire us. They encourage us.
I was given the opportunity to review The One Year Book of Encouragement through Tyndale House Publishers. The book, written by Harold Myra, is broken into 365 days. It is filled with stories from various Christian men and women throughout history. Written in an easy to read format, the stories are short and conclude with a prayer and Scripture verse. This offers an appeal for busy readers. The stories are full of inspiration and share insight from men like John Wesley, Oswald Chambers, Billy Graham, Martin Luther and many more.
I am not personally one to read devotionals. I have always believed that the best source for wisdom and inspiration is the Bible itself. I still and always will stand on that statement. And while this book should never be used to replace the study of God’s Word it could be a nice supplement. It is encouraging, being true to its name. So, for a story book I would recommend it. For a devotional, pick up your Bible. You’ll never go wrong there.
Disclosure: I was given The One Year Book of Encouragement from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest product review.