Dwelling Places by Lucinda Secrest McDowell - (Huge Giveaway!)


Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?

If you're tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God's Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.

Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word---such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace---to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.

These "dwelling places" that offer the joy of God's promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 11 books, including Live These Words, Amazed by Grace, and Quilts from Heaven. She has contributed to an additional 25 books and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry Encouraging Words. An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers' conferences and retreats, McDowell has also worked in radio broadcasting, in retreat planning, and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from "Sunnyside" cottage in Connecticut.

When I agreed to review this devotional I had no idea it would turn out to be such an amazing book! Honestly I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am to have this book! I was raised in the church and have been a devoted Christian all my adult life. I have certainly read my share of devotionals and Bible study books and this is hands-down the best one I have ever seen! This is my favorite one to date. There is absolutely nothing that I don't love about this book.

When I received this in the mail and opened the package and started looking at it I knew it was going to be a good one. But after I read the first two pages in the "Grow" (summer) section I ended up in tears. It just got into my heart, my soul. The next day I read the next one and again was in tears! I knew I was hooked - this was THE devotional for me. I have been faithfully reading it ever since.

I belong to two different Bible studies at my church, but I also get together Wed. mornings at a local coffee shop with a friend. We take turns sharing a devotional. The past few times I've taken this book and read a-loud to my friend. She loved it and was just as excited about it as I. Yesterday when we got together, she told me she had ordered her own copy of the book and just received it!  I was so glad I could turn her on to such a great book.

What I love about it -
- It's not a calendar, day-by-day devotional so you don't feel stuck, sticking to such a strict schedule. You can just read as you want, at your own pace.
- Each day's message is a different subject, as usual, but it is filled with Bible verses (its not just stories, or someone else's experiences).
- Each passage is only two pages, short enough to fit it in a busy schedule, but long enough to get the message!
- It is divided up into four sections, or seasons. Dwell - Fall, Shine - Winter, Renew - Spring, and Grow - summer. Each section has to do with that season.

If you are a beginner or a seasoned devotional user - I highly recommend this book. It is easy to read, easy to understand, interesting, fun, extremely heartfelt and appropriate for everyone's life!
I honestly can not say enough praise about it. I am going to continue using it as my daily devotional until the book is done, and then... who knows - next year I may start it all over again!  :-)

Thank you so much Litfuse for sending me such an awesome book for my honest review!

Order your own copy from Amazon - HERE

Join Lucinda in celebrating the release of Dwelling Places by entering to win her Season of Refreshment giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
  • A kit full of goodies you'll need to make refreshing lemonade this summer
One second place winner will receive:
  • A copy of Dwelling Places
  • Dwelling Places necklace handmade by Lucinda
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 5th. The winner will be announced July 6th on Lucinda's blog.

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  1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your very gracious words about "Dwelling Places." I wrote it just for you -- and all those of us looking for a true Home, daily in the presence and peace of God. Summer Blessings!

    1. Thank you for coming to my blog and commenting.

      I do feel like it was written just for me! :-)


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