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10 Devotionals to Start the New Year with

Margaret Roberts

 1. Her-Story: 366 Devotions from 21 Centuries of the Christian Church by Diana Lynn Severance

Women were an integral part of Jesus’ life and ministry as described in all four Gospels, and they are integral to the life of the church wherever Christianity has spread. In whatever position they found themselves, whether queens or slaves, they lived for their Saviour and sought to bring others to Him. Her-Story brings together well-known names, such as Fanny Crosby and Joni Eareckson Tada to lesser known Christians from across the centuries, in 366 devotions. The recurring theme – their love for Jesus.

2. Behold My Servant: The Servant Songs of Isaiah by Brian A. Russell

The Servant Songs of Isaiah are a beautiful topic for a devotional. Set in the context of Israel’s failure, few places in the Old Testament speak so clearly about the merciful Messiah. To quote Henri Blocher, ‘In them our Savour found the blueprint of His mission. From them Jesus learned that He would have to suffer for us; that He would die for us, as though He were a criminal, under the weight of our sins. How holy the ground we tread when studying the songs!’

3. Daily Readings Series

Carefully selected passages of writings from our spiritual ancestors, that will encourage, inspire and challenge the reader every day. All beautifully bound in imitation-leather covers

  • Matthew Henry edited by Randall J. Pederson
  • George Whitefield edited by Randall J. Pederson
  • The Puritans edited by Randall J. Pederson
  • The Early Church Fathers edited by Nick Needham

4.  40 Days with Jesus, 40 Days with David, 40 Days with Paul by Dominic Smart 

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read through the life of these 3 men through 40 daily Bible readings! We learn about King David, a sinner saved by the grace of God. We meet Paul, an arch-enemy of the church that God turned into its foremost evangelist and preacher. And we find out what it was like to be with Jesus during his three years of ministry on earth, what really happened at the crucifixion and how our lives can truly be changed because Jesus rose from the dead.

 5. Morning & Evening by C. H. Spurgeon

A wealth of Biblical meditations from Spurgeon with applications that are relevant for contemporary Christians. Spurgeon’s characteristically pithy comments hit home with a wit and elegance rarely found in other writing. Christians young and old will find his words challenging and stimulating. Complete and unabridged in a beautiful gloss black edition.

6. What Would Judas Do? by John Perritt 

In this 31-day devotional, John Perritt looks at the life of Judas – the experiences he had living with Christ, the things he would have seen and heard, and his terrible final resolve. This is a book which challenges our hearts and makes us feel uncomfortable – and leaves us with tears of praise, wondering at the amazing salvation which we have in our Christ.

 7. Family Time: 82 Devotional Life Lessons and Simple Prayers by Andrew Brannigan

The experiences and beliefs we want our children to have don’t just happen! It’s hard work. They demand our time and energy. God’s command is that his commandments are to be on our hearts and we are to ‘impress them on our children’.  This book is a starting point with simple and easy to prepare ways for you to guide and encourage your children in the faith and hopefully have fun while you are at it.

8. Life Hacks: Letting God Sort It by Mary-Louse Stone 

Choices and challenges – that’s life. But how do we face up to them? Developing strategies and techniques to make our existence easy might seem like a good idea – and, let’s face it, there are plenty of distractions around! But surely there’s more to life than smartphones and endless playlists? Let God manage your life through his Word. Here are fifty to the point devotionals that will focus your mind on God and his ‘hacks’ for living the life he created us to live.

 9. 101 Quotes To Get You Through The Day or Night by Catherine MacKenzie

With sources ranging from Calvin to Victor Hugo and topics ranging from Life to God, this little book of quotes can pique the interest of anyone, from any background. Each page contains a quote and a related Bible verse, making it a power-house of wisdom and knowledge. Beautifully designed with thought and attention, it is perfect for a small, special gift.

10. The Bedside Book by David Short

Sometimes when we most need to read and pray, for example when illness strikes, and energy is low and concentration is a struggle, we feel least able to do so.
David Short compiled this little book of brief morning and evening meditations for times like these. When we are facing an uncertain future, pain, or depression, and can’t find peace, Christ is our Rock and God our Comfort, guarding our hearts and minds.
Through thirty-one days of Bible verses, prayers, and hymns, The Bedside Book helps you to bring yourself and your concerns into the presence and loving care of God our Father.

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