We’ve got a little dog with a lot of character. Every day, I’m reminded of his faithfulness when I get home and he’s happy to see me. I recognize his intelligence when he teaches himself new tricks. I know what he loves as he paws insistently, begging for laps and food and soft blankets to snuggle into.
God’s got a whole lot more character, of course. But noticing or reflecting on His character doesn’t come as naturally since God isn’t quite as in-my-face as our pup. So, I appreciate books that remind me of who He is!
Holley Gerth’s devotional Hope Your Heart Needs offers short reflections. Every short reminder reflects on a different element of God’s character.
The reflections often include stories from Gerth’s life, which tie into the verses she is reflecting on. I found the personal nature of the devotions relatable.
Some of the 52 facets of God’s character Gerth shares about include:
Examples of quotes include:
- On I AM: “God is somehow, mysteriously always present tense.”
- On His being our Shepherd: “He found me when it didn’t look to anyone else like I’d gone missing.”
- On Christ as Truth: “Truth is always and only to defend the people we love. To protect each other’s hearts. To say, ‘I see a threat in your life and I am willing to put myself on the line on your behalf’.”
- On God as our Dwelling Place: “Home is a person. And He is always with us.”
True to its title, Hope Your Heart Needs was consistently hope-giving and heart-focused. Gerth continues in this devotional to use her gift for connecting the head to the heart through faith.
I recommend this little devotional as a gift for loved ones and as encouraging reading for yourself.
<I received a free copy of this book from Baker Books in exchange for this review>
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