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Review and Giveaway for Refresh Your Faith

About the Book

Book:  Refresh Your Faith

Author: Lori Hatcher

Genre:  Devotional

Release Date: May 2020

Unfamiliar verses. Uncommon insights. Unlimited possibilities.

Move from biblical doldrums to dynamic discovery! While your favorite Scripture verses or stories may bring you comfort, if you’re feeling monotony in your time with God it’s time to shake it up a bit. Each of these 66 culturally relevant, story-driven devotions—one from each book of the Bible—spotlights an unusual verse or passage and takes only five minutes to read. If you have more time, you can dig a little deeper with an uncommon thought to ponder, unusual faith action step to take, and an unfamiliar passage suggestion that invites you to further explore the Bible’s hidden gems.
You’ll be challenged to think deeply, step out boldly, and grow dynamically, transforming your devotional time—and your life!

Praise for Lori Hatcher’s writing . . .

“Real-life inspiration and candid wit. These 5-minute devotions will change your life.” —Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Kevin Leman

 

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

Let’s face it, sometimes even things we know are good and necessary for our well-being can become monotonous or shall I dare to say it – boring or stale.  At various points in my Christian life, I have found it becomes easy to look at my devotional time as just another box to check off my to-do list.  Yet that is exactly when I try to dig in deeper or shake up my devotional time in some manner.

This devotional can do exactly that.  As I started reading the beginning of this book, I found myself agreeing with the author on her thoughts.  A number of years ago our family attended a church where every January the pastor challenged his flock to read through the Bible with him.  I took the challenge, and I am glad I did so.  This book is another one of those things I am glad I took the opportunity to do or read.

These devotionals may not be the longest, but the words are powerful words.  From the opening of each devotional with a verse of Scripture to the devotional itself to the Uncommon Thought section to the Unusual Faith section to a longer passage of Scripture for you to read, this book offers some wonderful insights about people and verses you may not have concentrated on in the past.  So if you are looking for a devotional to shake up your time with God, check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

Lori Hatcher Head Shot

Lori Hatcher is a blogger, pastor’s wife, and women’s ministry speaker. She’s the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine, president of Columbia Toastmasters, and a regular contributor to magazines such as Christian Living Today and websites like Crosswalk.com. Her book Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time, won the Christian Small Publisher 2016 book of the year. Find out more about Lori and her well-loved 5-minute devotions at lorihatcher.com.

 

Read a Teaser from Refresh Your Faith

The dirty little secret in Christian circles is that many of us are bored with our devotional time. We know we shouldn’t feel this way. It’s important to read our Bibles every day. After all, it’s God’s Word, the source of truth, and life, and hope.

While some have successfully built the discipline of Bible reading into their lives, others struggle. Even those who regularly read their Bibles find it a bit dry at times. Many of us also read devotionals, not to take the place of Bible reading, but to help us discover unfamiliar passages and stories and benefit from a godly writer’s perspective.

I wrote Refresh Your Faith because I was frustrated by many of the devotionals I read. They seemed to focus on the same basic verses I’d memorized with my children twenty years ago. John 3:16, Romans 8:28, Psalm 23, Matthew 3:5-6. Same with the Bible passages and stories. I treasure the familiar verses and stories. I’ve held them close to my heart during some of the darkest times of my life.

But I knew there was more to the Bible than these well-worn favorites.

I reached a point in my spiritual life when I needed something new. If something didn’t change, my spirit was going to wither up. My time with God shouldn’t be something I did out of duty. I wanted to delight in God and His Word.

So I asked God to help me. I needed something to refresh my faith and energize my Bible reading. Wow, did He answer. I’d been reading through the Bible every year for more than a decade, but all of a sudden, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to passages I’d never noticed before.

These uncommon verses sparkled like gems. The more I read, the more I spotted them, tucked into obscure stories and buried under genealogies and census reports. I found some hiding out in plain sight—golden nuances and nuggets in the shadows of the more familiar stories.

Refresh Your Faith, Uncommon Devotions from Every Book of the Bible is a collection of the treasure I unearthed during my year of searching. Each story-driven devotion contains an unusual verse, a real-life application, and an uncommon faith step.

I hope my book will energize your faith, inspire your devotional time, and make you say, “Wow, I’ve never seen that before!”

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, May 5

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, May 5

Through the Lens of Scripture, May 6

Melissa Henderson, May 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 7

Emily Yager, May 8

Texas Book-aholic, May 9

Inklings and notions, May 10

Mary Hake, May 10

Godly Book Reviews, May 11

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, May 12

For Him and My Family, May 13

deb’s Book Review, May 13

Older & Smarter?, May 14

Splashes of Joy, May 15

For the Love of Literature, May 16

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 17

God is Love, May 17

Spoken from the Heart, May 18

Marilyn Ridgway, May 18 (Guest Review on Lighthouse Academy Blog)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Lori is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and autographed copy of Refresh Your Faith!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/f9ed/refresh-your-faith-celebration-tour-giveaway