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God Calling, Expanded Edition, Edited by A.J. Russell, Barbour Books, 2011, 384 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-161626516, $16.99
A.J. Russell edited edition of this 1930 Christian classic comes in a padded, four-color, gilt-edged gift edition. Within its pages, readers experience what it might be like to “…have a conversation with Jesus…” When I read it, it was as if”… Jesus Himself were speaking” tender phrases.
The devotions in God Calling were penned by two anonymous women who faced poverty, sickness and loss of hope over seventy years ago. Tired and weary, one of the women wrote she “longed to be quit of this hard world for good…”
Their words are reproduced as written, however this expanded gift edition features additional relevant hymn lyrics, prayer starters, ribbon marker and “consider” questions for reflection.
For example, the March 3rd entry uses Romans 8:29-31 for the scripture verse for the devotion titled, Grow like Me. The brief devotion kindles hope and faith: “Think of Me. Look at Me often, and unconsciously you will grow like me.” Questions to consider and a short prayer continue the theme.
The gift edition makes a nice gift, particularly for men because of its handsome appeal. Although the slick pages can’t be written on, that takes nothing away from the simple beauty of these heartfelt devotions that are so fitting for the times we live in. This updated life-changing classic has something for everyone as readers learn to “Listen…God is Calling You.”
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