Monday, August 31, 2015

5 Minutes with Jesus by Shelia Walsh

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5 Minutes with Jesus
by Shelia Walsh

ISBN-13: 978-0-7180-3253-1
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: August 11, 2015

Source: Review copy from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers.

Book Description from BookLook:
We balance so many things day after day-families, jobs, church, sports. Sometimes it feels like there is no time left for the most important thing: spending time with Jesus. But Sheila Walsh will help us do just that through these concise but substantial daily readings.

Each entry includes Scripture, a brief devotional thought, and a helpful takeaway. Even after just a few minutes of reading, you will have spent time with God's truth in a meaningful way, and be inspired to think on that truth and live in response to it the rest of the day.

Sheila is a master of short but profound thoughts such as "Peace is not the absence of trouble but the presence of Christ," which have been retweeted time and time again. Readers will be thrilled to find these kinds of encouraging words-along with Sheila's characteristic approach of combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with Scripture. They'll be reminded of how powerful it is to be in the presence of Jesus, and how much He wants us to stay close to Him every minute of the day.

My Review:
5 Minutes with Jesus is a daily devotional that takes about 5 minutes a day. There are 50 entries. Each day's entry has about four pages. Two pages consist of a story along with the day's thought drawn from that story. The next two pages are headed by a tweet-sized summary of the day's thought and several Scriptures that support or go along with that thought.

These devotionals point out important topics based on Scripture and can get you thinking more deeply on a subject. If you usually spend 5 minutes a day (or less) focused on Jesus and Scripture, then the author covered topics that may be new and potentially life-changing. I liked how open she was about sharing things--both good and bad--from her life. I'd recommend this devotional to people who want to do a devotional-type activity each day but feel too busy. These are short enough that even busy people can find a few minutes of wait time that can be used to read this.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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