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Book Review: Unseen by Sara Hagerty

Book review of Unseen by Sara Hagerty

In Unseen, Sara Hagerty tells us that God has created every heart to be seen, and that He sees every heart. In a society that lives for being successful, to produce and do something all the time — we often feel like we waste time when we are not accomplishing something. But what matters, is the time we spend with God. That we grow closer to Him. This, though, happens in moments that are unseen by the rest. Moments that, maybe, feel like they are not significant. But in these moments, we come face to face with God. So maybe it is in those moments when we are not accomplishing seventeen things at the same time. Maybe it is those “unseen” moments, that are the best for our soul.

In all honesty, God used this book to breathe life into my soul. As someone who so often tries to earn love, I find myself wanting to be seen. But the life of a Christian is not based on the mountaintop experiences. It is more about walking in the valleys, in the lowlands. In the unseen moments, where are hearts are seen only by God. Those are the moments that form our hearts.

At the end of every chapter, Hagerty provides Bible verses for the reader to study God’s Word more on this topic. I loved this. I recommend this book for every one to read.

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Get Out of That Pit by Beth Moore

Get Out of That Pit

Get Out of That Pit reflects on Psalm 40:1-3. In the book, Beth Moore reflects on her heart-rending journeys to the pit but also what God has done since. He has given her a new song and freedom found in Christ. As she shares this with the reader, the same promises are given to the reader.

As always with Beth Moore’s books, this book is easy to read because of the conversational style. I do not agree with all the points she makes, as I never do. So I recommend keeping the Scriptures in mind and seeking them out for yourself. To be honest, there were no revelations here in this book for me. But this book had me thinking about the pits in my life and reflecting on those pits. It seems like I often need the reminder of needing to forgive. I also need the reminder to move on. This book did both of those. Beth Moore had me thinking on a lot of these things, on how we fall into different pits and trials in our lives and what we must do to get out of those.

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I received this book free from the publisher through The BookLook Bloggers book review program. As always, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy

Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy by Nicole Johnson

Does it feel like you are too busy to even catch a breath? If you have found yourself in the midst of living a crazy busy life, this book might be for you. In Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy, Nicole Johnson shares her story of realizing her life had gone out of control. There was no time even to talk with God. It was then that she started on this journey of creating calm in her life.

In Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy, Nicole Johnson shares her process of discovering the parts of her life that created craziness. She shares about finding the things that helped her to create calm. These are not clear cut ways and steps to take, but rather some practices and disciplines that will help to find calm in the midst of the busy life.

Lately, my life has definitely been filled with some amounts of crazy as I am involved in different ministries and I will be starting my internship in less than a month now. So I was looking for a book that would help me to create calm and be still even now. Yet I found that this book did not really inspire me. There were stories of things that helped Nicole Johnson, yet I did not really find there things that would help me right now that I didn’t already know. I also found myself skimming some parts of the book, as the author did not really keep my attention. All that being said, it could be that you can find this book useful to you if you have found yourself in a situation like this.

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My Morning Reading Routine

Are you fascinated by how other people’s lives look like? What their morning routine is like? Because I am. Therefore I decided to share my morning reading routine with you, in case you are at all like I am. This is what most of my mornings look like. I allow at least half an hour for my morning devotions. If I am not busy, I usually spend at least an hour doing my devotions. If I have time after doing my devotions, I usually read a spiritual book to help me grow in my faith. Recently I have been (re-)reading Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, which is such a great book.

Morning Reading Routine

The One Year Bible (NKJV)

The One Year Bible has been a part of my morning routine for the last four years. I find that it is the best reading plan for me, at least right now. The One Year Bible goes through the whole Bible in one year. Every day has a passage from the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms and a verse or two from Proverbs. This works great for me. There are different versions of The One Year Bible with different translations. NKJV is the translation I read almost always, which is why I have this one in NKJV as well.

Another added bonus for me is that this is an actual book. I do not like marking my Bible in any way. However, I like writing my insights and underlining verses in this one. It is sweet reading through the same book, and see what I have learned throughout these years. (Which, I’m sure, is how people feel about Bible journaling. There’s just something that stops me from marking my actual Bible.)

My Utmost For His Highest

I got My Utmost For His Highest devotional — the classic version — only last year, and I cannot believe I did not get it earlier. This is easily one of my favorite reads. The words of Oswald Chambers challenge me, encourage me, and inspire me to grow in my faith. There is so much wisdom in this devotional, and in my opinion it is one of the best reads for a Christian. Every reading in My Utmost For His Highest is fairly short, so it is a quick read. However, as short as these are, they still go very deep and have me thinking through the day.

Journal

Right now, I have a Moleskine journal. I do not write on my journal every day, but I write on most days. I write down the verses that speak to me. I write down the things that God puts on my heart. Sometimes I write quotes that have really spoken to me. Sometimes I write down prayer requests or the received answers to prayers. Some days, I also just journal if that is what I feel like. But mostly my journal contains writings from my devotions.

The Bible

During my devotional times I usually just read The One Year Bible. Sometimes, I want to study something deeper or I might even be studying through a book of the Bible. (Currently I am actually leading a small group Bible study through the book of Ruth.) These times I have my actual Bible with me as well. I have had the same Bible through all the years I have been saved. My brother bought this Bible for me, with my name graved on the front and I absolutely love my Bible. It is the NKJV Bible; but sometimes I also use the NLT as I like the way it words and gives me better understanding of a passage.

What do you read during your devotions right now? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

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