A collection of nightly Christian devotionals.
In this collection of 365 brief Christian meditations, debut author Young explores multiple themes. These include, but are not limited to, the pressures of job interviews, respecting one’s elders, and the necessity of pain. The author includes his own personal struggles through life (e.g. “I said I was a Christian, yet I lived like I was lost”) and various biblical quotations (“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”). In each entry, regardless of the topic, the author focuses on the importance of following Jesus Christ and putting one’s faith in God. He delivers these messages with an upbeat tone: “I want to encourage you tonight, no matter what you might be going through, that you + God = victory.” These friendly, clearly delineated minisermons usually take everyday experiences and give them a Bible-based context. What does God have to do with a job interview? The answer: there is no need to sweat over the details of something so ultimately insignificant, because God “has a plan for all of us.” The devotionals, though there are more than 300 of them, are offered in digestible, nightly bites and are unfailingly encouraging. What detracts from their message, however, is a lack of specificity. The author mentions his own difficulties in finding his faith, but these are kept vague. He candidly admits that he was “searching for comfort in a bottle” and was the man at the bar “all alone drinking,” but we don’t learn the details or depth of his struggle. (When did he know it was time to stop drinking? What sort of characters did he meet on his road to sobriety?) Still, the author’s bighearted intentions are evident throughout.
A well-organized, sometimes-impersonal effort at buoying readers’ spirits.