"For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." Romans 15:4
Reading is something people of all ages can enjoy but that can be particularly centering for older adults. As you approach the fall and have more time set aside for this enjoyable activity, you may be looking for new devotional or Christian-living books to delve into. With the abundance of choices, it can be hard to pick a few for your to-be-read pile.
There are many new and best-selling books that you may want to browse in these genres. Here are ten that you may want to pick up or download to focus on your spiritual health and relationship with God in this season.
One-Minute Inspirations for Women includes short devotions designed for women to read. The nice thing about this book is that the devotionals are short enough to read quickly, so you can take just a few minutes each morning or evening to find Biblical guidance.
One-Minute Insights for Men was written with men in mind and encourages leading with love in your life. It contains short devotionals and guidance that you can breeze through in just a few minutes where and when you have time to read.
There are certain passages in the Bible that help remind you of how you should live your life or dwell on the word of God. In this book, 365 of the most powerful passages in Scripture are written out for a day-by-day approach to reviewing the Bible. The Best of the Bible: 365 Must-Read Bible Passages uses the text from the New Living Translation.
Jesus Listens: Daily Devotional Prayers of Peace, Joy & Hope by Sarah Young is ideal for you if you want to spend more time in prayer. This book is a 365-day prayer book that helps guide your prayer each day of the year. There is an emphasis placed on quotes from the Bible to spark conversation in prayer and to encourage a consistent prayer practice.
If you want to grow closer to the Lord, then the Experiencing God Day by Day Devotional by Henry T. Blackaby and Richard Blackaby may be a good book to read. This book focuses on building a relationship with God over the course of a year. Each day presents a daily Bible verse, helpful meditations and other insights to help you understand how God is working in your life.
CSB Restoration Bible by Stephen Arterburn is a book focused on recovery, healing and restoration in your life. The book is written in a simple format that encourages you to find hope and joy in all aspects of your life. There are over 450 devotional-style notes, and a restoration theme is present throughout the book.
A popular book by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling for Christmas has 50 devotional selections. The book is designed to be read starting on the first day of Advent and continued through Christmas Day.
Safe in the Shepherd's Arms: Hope & Encouragement from Psalm 23 by Max Lucado focuses on feelings of fear and how to learn to feel comfort in the Lord's embrace. The book, 144 pages long, includes a 30-day devotional.
If you are interested in reading daily and gaining the tools you need to overcome difficulties in your life, you may enjoy The Daily Decree: Bringing Your Day Into Alignment with God's Prophetic Destiny by Brenda Kunnerman. In this book, there are over 100 decrees the author states were "birthed in the heart of God."
Another Christmas-based book to consider reading during the fall and winter is God's Blessings of Christmas by Billy Graham. This book is short at only 48 pages, making it suitable for reading groups or times when you want to read but may not have much time to dig into a larger book. The book contains excerpts from This Christmas Night, scripture passages, hymns and other passages to serve as a calming force during a bustling Christmas season.
At Autumn View Gardens, taking part in a hobby like reading is encouraged. These books are just some that may interest residents and those looking to focus on the Bible and prayer.
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