A devotional resource that encourages Christians to spread the Gospel through one of most common means of modern communication: text messages.
Not long ago, a Christian might have called their children to reflect on a recent church sermon. Now, they can do the same via the ever popular text message. This devotional encourages daily reflection on the Word of God over the course of 31 days. Many sections begin by introducing a hypothetical person, identified only by a first name and a brief description—such as someone who enjoys boxing matches, a student, a homeless man, or a mother raising a child with autism. Each of their situations provides a gateway to a discussion of faith and God’s plan. All sections end with brief passages of Scripture or paraphrased reminders that readers may text to a friend, family member, or other loved one; it’s all meant to encourage Christians to stay present in their faith. Brooks’ debut is straightforward and thrifty, and each of the “texts”—which is what she calls its chapters—are short, economical, and to-the-point. This makes them easy for a reader to revisit as needed, whether one wishes to share its lessons with new friends or simply strengthen their own beliefs in times of crisis. Each entry reaffirms common biblical ideas, such as the wisdom of parents and the importance of showing them fealty, while interjecting modern touches and everyday examples, including a fondness for sports metaphors. Early on, however, the author makes it clear that she believes that faith is often ridiculed and that Christians are wrongfully stigmatized as intolerant—a defensive tone that’s incongruent with the book’s largely positive message.
A straightforward, interactive devotional meant to help readers reach out to others with messages of faith.