Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Book Review: "Earth Psalms"

Francine Rivers's newest book, her first devotional, is a beautiful must-read for anyone who loves exploring God's creation. This hardcover book, co-authored by Karin Stock Buursma, has a beautiful, colorful cover. Inside it contains 52 "reflections on how God speaks through nature." Each reflection is short, just a few pages of thoughts born of Rivers's experiences and observations. They are illustrated with beautiful, sometimes whimsical, color photos of God's world. They also contain relevant Scripture and quotations from well-known Christian leaders. Some also contain random, interesting facts about the plants or animals pictured throughout the book. Each devotional ends with an idea to reflect on, a practical application, and a prayer.

I enjoy Rivers's calm and thoughtful presentation of each reflection. I love that the concept for the book is based on Romans 1:20, "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, [we] can clearly see his invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature. So [we] have no excuse for not knowing God." This is a book that I will turn to often when I just want to contemplate God's Presence and His creative side. I thank Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy. It is my pleasure to recommend this book to you.

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