Review of Devotions From The Torah And A Giveaway!

What My Kids Read: Devotions from the Torah

I talked about this devotion a couple weeks ago here, but today I’d like to share my full review of this devotional.

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Nicole Halbrooks Vaughn, author of Devotions From The Torah

Nicole Halbrooks Vaughn grew up not far from where David and I grew up, and she has a wonderful testimony of God’s grace and hope. She has written 2 devotions in the Devotions From The Torah series, Devotions from Genesis (affiliate link) and Devotions from Exodus Part One (affiliate link). She has graciously offered to give away a set of digital copies of these two books to three of my readers. Please note the books in this giveaway are e-books in PDF format, and they sell for $8.95 per book on Amazon.

Let me share my review of Devotions from Genesis (affiliate link) with you, and then I’ll tell you more about the giveaway!

First of all, this devotion is set up for you to first read a chapter and then read the short devotion and prayer each day. Devotions from Genesis is divided into 3 sections. Section 1 covers Genesis 1-11, “Discovering the Character of God and Man through the Creation, the Fall, and the Flood.” Section 2 covers Genesis 12-36, “Discovering Faith and Obedience through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Section 3 covers Genesis 37-50, “Discovering the Comings of Christ and Trust in the Midst of Trial through the Life of Joseph.” The devotions are not dated or numbered, so you can go at your own pace and not feel behind. The entire book is a little over 200 pages long, but most of the daily readings are about 2 pages in length. I have talked about several Catholic books recently, so I should note that Nicole is writing from an Evangelical perspective.

What My Kids Read: Review of Devotions from Genesis

For me personally, this devotion came at an odd time. We just finished an extremely in-depth study of the Torah as a family, where we took the past year to study it and set aside a couple hours a week to talk it over with a few families that were reading through it as well. Coming from that, I thought this devotion would be a good way to revisit the highlights of what we studied this past year, but our year was a Bible study, while this book is definitely a devotional.  Nicole does a great job of taking the ancient stories in Genesis and bringing them home to apply to our modern-day lives! This is not a Bible study, delving into background and hermeneutical considerations. Rather, it is a very good devotional to examine our hearts in light of the stories in Genesis.

I would love to go through these devotions with my kids. There are parts that we might need to edit for age-appropriateness (there are some crazy stories in the Old Testament!), but I think this would be a very easy devotion to read with my kids and talk about each day.

A few of my favorite parts from Devotions from Genesis:

When Nicole talks about Cain, she talks about having the appearance of life, but actually being dead. She compares it to cut flowers in a vase. They have the appearance of life, but they have been cut off from the source of their life. I really love that analogy!

Later, when talking about Jacob wrestling with the angel of God in Genesis 32, she writes:

“Know, precious one, that if you are wrestling with God, he wrestles you as a lifeguard wrestles someone drowning in the water. Oftentimes when a person is drowning, he fights the one who is trying to save him as much as he fights the water that he is drowning in. A lifeguard is trained to knock out a drowning victim if he continues to fight him so that he may safely bring him out of the water. God wrestles with us to bring us life and save us from this body of death. Sometimes God has to knock us out to save us.”

Now for the details of the giveaway! I have 3 sets of these two books to give away to 3 of you! Please enter below! The giveaway ends at midnight on December 14th, and I will announce a winner on Monday, December 16th!

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Interested in reading some of Nicole’s writings? She has a blog called Proven Path Ministries – check it out to see just what a gifted writer she is!

 

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