Book Review: “Dwelling Places” By Lucinda Secrest McDowell

June 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Lucinda Secrest McDowell in her new book “Dwelling Places book coverDwelling Places” published by Abingdon Press gives us Words to Live in Every Season.

From the back cover:   What if a thriving, active faith were as simple as reading one word a day?

Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?

If you’re tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend a few minutes every day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word–such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace–to uncover a biblical blessing or lesson you can act on that very day. Each devotion includes stories and illustrations to foster understanding and ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

Organized into four seasons–fall, Advent, Lent, and summer–these devotions invite you to discover those “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promises and presence. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be a simple as a single word.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell tells us, “she is a storyteller and a “word girl”. I think if we had the time to actually think about it we would be saying the exact same thing about ourselves. The problem is we are busy and cannot seek after the meaning of words. Ms. McDowell to our rescue and she has unpacked the meaning of 130 words for us. Broken down into four seasons:  One:  Dwell-Fall (30 words), Two:  Shine-Advent (30 words), Three: Renew-Lent (40 words), and Four:  Grow-Summer (30 words). Get ready some of these words we rarely, if ever, use them so these devotions might be something new for us. Each word starts with a Bible verse that highlights that word. Then there is a story that helps define the word and, finally, there is the “My Child” that sounds as if God is speaking to us personally and individually. This is one book you will be returning to over and over again. It is also a great gift to give to friends and family to help them with their days.  I recommend this book highly.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity Group for this review. 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks Vic for your review of “Dwelling Places” and for noticing that we can only share the stories if we take time to listen and reflect. Summer Blessings!

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