Saturday, November 22, 2008

The One Year Women's Friendship Devotional

I'm pleased to introduce you to a new devotional book today. The authors have provided a copy that I'll be giving away in a drawing from among those who leave comments. Please leave contact information in case I draw your name! The book looks fabulous! If you don't win, I hope you'll get your own copy.
The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional (Tyndale) is the latest book from friends and coauthors Cheri Fuller and Sandra Aldrich. Not only does the text provide a deeper connection to and enjoyment of God and His Word, but it is a wonderful opportunity for today’s busy women to connect with each other as they discuss the short daily devotions and the “To Ponder” questions at the end of each week’s section. Perfect for small groups or two girlfriends meeting over coffee, the devotional also is appropriate for those who prefer individual study.

And now, an interview with the authors...
What can women gain from The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional?

Sandra: The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional is designed for today’s busy woman. Each of the 365 devotions are on one page and contain a daily Scripture, short devotional thought from either Cheri or me and end with an honest prayer and an insightful quote. At the end of each week are questions to ponder individually or talk over with a friend. But beyond the friendship connection is our heavenly Father’s invitation to know more about Him and His living Word.

Cheri: One of the benefits of our One Year devotional is it provides a vehicle to discover your natural rhythm for drawing near to God in a personal and regular way. For right-brained people like me, the structure helps me stay in God’s Word day by day so my roots can grow deeper in Christ. Being a lover of people, I also enjoy exchanging ideas and discussing how a certain verse or story spoke to me, and the weekly questions are ideal for that purpose.


What’s the biggest challenge to women developing friendships today?

Sandra: Lack of time. And a lack of a sense of community. Today’s women have daily to-do lists as long as their arms. It’s difficult to concentrate on deepening friendships—or even developing them—when our idea of fun is crossing items off that list. Also, those endless lists make us feel alone even in a crowd. Women need each other, but often it takes special effort to form those connections.

Cheri: Recent research shows that 30% of Americans are lonely and often feel isolated. The more hectic life gets, the more we need friends and the encouragement that comes from relationship with God and our sisters in Christ. Our hope is that reading The One Year Women’s Friendship Devotional will energize your spiritual life and your friendships.

Another major challenge we face as women is taking care of so many people that we neglect ourselves and become irritated or burned out. Taking time to refuel spiritually and emotionally is important and the benefits ripple out to our children and family members, job, and all the people our lives touch.

What are some of the topics covered?

Sandra: The 52 weekly themes cover many issues of a woman’s life, including career challenges, the power of encouragement, joyful living, hearing God above life’s roar, when your childhood family is toxic, faith building, avoiding overload, attitude adjustments, finding your spiritual pathway, dealing with stress, wading through grief, telling and hearing truth, making a difference, dealing with Christmas frenzy, a fresh-brewed prayer life, freedom from fear, and reaching a hurting world.
What parting words do you have for your readers?

Cheri: Remember that God loves to hear your voice, just as you love to hear the sound of your kids’ or loved ones’ voices—not just once a week on Sunday but throughout your days. And every time we open his Book, the Bible, there’s a gift, a promise, or a truth that will help us learn to live abundantly no matter what we’re facing.

Sandra: Because of the shed blood of Jesus, we have the incredible privilege of stepping directly into the Presence of our heavenly Father through prayer. Years ago, a woman asked the great preacher G. Campbell Morgan if she should pray about everything or just the big things. Morgan answered, “Dear lady, pray about everything. After all, what could possibly be big to God?” I love that. And I love knowing we do not pray to air.


The One-Year Women’s Friendship Devotional provides connection in this fragmented world—connection to other women and, most importantly, connection to our heavenly Father. The quickest way to order it is through amazon.com. For more information about Cheri Fuller or Sandra Aldrich visit their websites at www.cherifuller.com or www.sandraaldrich.com And remember: the heavenly Father is just a whisper away.

10 comments:

CatMom said...

Thanks for letting us know about this devotional book, Missy - - it sounds great! ~ I loved the comment in the interview that quoted the preacher who said "pray about everything" - - I think that's SO important for us to remember. I've tried to do that in my personal walk with the Lord: Praying about even the small "mundane" daily tasks and events. ~ Blessings, Patti Jo :)

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks for stopping by Patti Jo! Yes, I totally agree. I like to try to keep constant communication with God during the day.

I've got you entered in the drawing!

Missy

Sharon A. Lavy said...

I would love to win the devotional so put my name in the pot!

Missy Tippens said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sharon! I've got you entered.

I'll keep taking names all through the weekend.

Belinda Peterson said...

Hi Missy,
Thanks for previewing this devotional book. It sounds great.

Mary Connealy said...

Missy, a really interesting idea for a devotional.

Missy Tippens said...

Lindi and Mary, thanks for stopping by! I've got you entered.

It is a great idea for a devotional. and how fun to do it with your friends!

Audra Harders said...

Wonderful guests, Missy! Cheri and Sandra, you bring up such relevant issues facin us as women, moms, workers, and everything else that falls into the hands of the female, LOL! Time is such a constaint. I'm always praying the Lord shows me how to manage His gifts well!

Thanks for encouraging words.

Missy Tippens said...

Hey, Audra! It's great to see you here. I've entered your name as well.

I won't draw a name til later today, so y'all keep commenting!

Missy

Missy Tippens said...

We have a winner! Belinda Peterson won a copy of the Friendship Devotional! Congrats!

I'll contact you about getting it to you.

Thanks everyone for taking part!