Friday, December 28, 2012

Designed for Devotion by Dianne Neal Matthews



Dianne Neal Matthews is a freelance writer and the author of four daily devotional books including The One Year Women of the Bible (Tyndale House) and Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation (Baker Books). She also writes regularly for websites and blogs (such as CBN.com and FindingGodDaily.com), contributes to compilations (including Guideposts’ 2013 Mornings with Jesus), and enjoys speaking and teaching at writers' conferences. Dianne is a 2006 CLASS graduate and a member of Advanced Writers & Speakers, Christian Authors Network, and Toastmasters International. She and her husband, Richard, currently live in Salt Lake City, which is too far away from their three grown children and two adorable grandchildren. To learn more, please visit www.DianneNealMatthews.com or connect with Dianne through Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.

 

Featured Book: Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation (Baker Books, Sept. 2012)

Genre: Nonfiction; one-year devotional

Book Cover Blurb:
There is no better way to know God more intimately than to immerse yourself in His Word, and Designed for Devotion helps you do just that. Whether you are new to Bible study or you simply long to learn more about God's Word, this is the perfect devotional to bring you deeper into the Scriptures as you deepen your relationship with God.

 

Full description:
There is no better way to know God more intimately than to immerse yourself in his Word , and Designed for Devotion helps you do just that. Combining fascinating historical background information about the Bible with practical application you can implement in your life each day, Dianne Matthews takes you through the Bible from beginning to end. Guiding your journey, she

·        highlights key stories, characters, and basic teachings

·        explores Old Testament passages that reveal Jesus as the Messiah

·        offers historical background about each book of the Bible, including author, theme, and purpose

·        ties the Old and New Testaments together to show the Bible as a single story

·        shows you how to apply each day's lesson to your own spiritual journey

Whether you are new to Bible study or you simply long to learn more about God's Word, this is the perfect devotional to bring you deeper into the Scriptures as you deepen your relationship with God.


 
 

January 1

The Bible: God’s Masterpiece

God's word is living and active. Hebrews 4:12

How could the writings of at least forty men from different walks of life, writing over a span of twenty centuries, flow together to tell one continuous story? 2 Timothy 3:16 gives us the answer: “Every Scripture is inspired by God”. The Greek word usually translated as “inspired” literally means “God-breathed”. Although God allowed each author to write from his unique perspective and in his own personal style, God’s Spirit controlled the outcome.

Just as God breathed life into Adam and Eve, he breathed life into his Book, giving it power to transform lives. Through the Scriptures, we understand our sin and God’s offer of forgiveness and eternal life. Our Creator shows us how to enter into a personal relationship with him. We receive practical instruction in how to live life to the fullest. By studying and applying God’s Word, we allow his Spirit to control us so that we can reflect his character to the world.

No book has ever been more loved—or more hated. Through the ages, many people have risked imprisonment or death to share God’s Word; others have dedicated their lives to destroying it. At one time, church leaders tortured or killed anyone who translated the Bible so that people could read it for themselves. Through all the vicious attacks, God protected his Word and today we have many choices of translations and languages.

How could we ever take such a treasure for granted? To think that the Creator of the universe went to such great lengths to make himself known to us is mind-boggling. Many people look for miracles or seek out emotional highs while ignoring the primary way God reveals himself. We can’t grow in our relationship with God without studying what he wrote to us. Why would we let a day go by without taking time to see what he has to say?



Dianne Neal Matthews is giving away a copy of Designed for Devotion. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.
 


9 comments:

apple blossom said...

thanks for another chance to win this devotional

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Patsy said...

Would love to have this book.

(Plhouston@bellsouth.net)

Patsy said...

Would love to have this book.

(Plhouston@bellsouth.net)

Lane Hill House said...

Always a good time to start! Thank you for offer. Kathleen
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

spangldlady said...

Altho I have several devotional books I think this one sounds like one that could benefit anyone who truly desires to grow closer and really KNOW God. I hope I win this drawing!! Blessings! Darlene
spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for another chance at winning this giveaway.

Rose
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Jo said...

Thanks for the opportunity of the devotional!

Blessings,
Jo
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