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Book Review: Encouraging Verses

2015 was a horrible, horrible year for me. I found myself wishing so often that I could open a book and find comfort and encouragement within its pages. For anyone who is in need of a little (or a lot) of encouragement, I really do recommend this book.


The publisher’s blurb:

Powerful Words of Comfort From the Bible

Everyone struggles with discouragement as they face the trials of life, big and small. Where do you go for help when you’re lonely or grieving or fearful? Or when you’ve failed in a job or relationship? No matter what storm you’re facing, God says, “Come to me . . . and I will give you rest.”

The Bible verses highlighted in this clear, concise book include well-known gems as well as hidden treasures that will surprise you. Each verse is followed by a brief reading to explain the verse’s meaning and draw you nearer to God, making it perfect for daily devotions or as a starting point for further study.

Find the hope and peace that can only come straight from the Word of God.

What I thought of the book:

I love how this is put together: a Bible verse, and beneath it a paragraph or two “talking” to us about what the verse means and what it speaks about your life. And humor – you can’t forget the humor! This is part of what I truly love about this book. How many times have we heard that “laughter is the best medicine”? Troy Schmidt not only finds the comforting and the encouraging aspects of God’s Word, but he also can find and relate the humor, which can’t help but lighten anyone’s mood.

This is a lightweight, very portable book, something you can pop in your laptop bag or purse and take with you for whenever you might need a ray of sunshine and hope in your day. If you are looking for a heartfelt gift for someone on your Christmas list, you should consider giving them this book.



**I was sent this copy from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**



Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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