Book Reviews, Nonfiction

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional by Sandra Byrd | Book Review

Why is it pretty much November? It was about 37 seconds ago that we were ringing in 2017. I need to know scientifically how this year went by so fast :). Outside of my time rushing woes, this time of year, I like to start thinking about reading plans and devos for 2018. If y’all are like me and thinking for yourself or Christmas gifts, I definitely recommend this latest devo from Sandra Byrd!

When was the last time you took a break to experience God’s love? To experience something is to live it, to encounter it, to understand it, to explore with our hearts, minds, and souls as well as with the five physical senses and our God-given spiritual ones. Every action we do with and for God, every good day and bad day, we walk hand-in-hand with God, experiencing Him.

Experiencing God’s love takes time. Love unfurls its blossoms in our lives when we concentrate all of our senses on the small gifts we pass by every day. Time slows, and we finally get to hear God’s beautiful background hum to our lives.

The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional helps you intentionally carve out those moments in your day to savor God and His love for you.

After going through several of the devotionals, I decided to start using it now, instead of waiting until Jan 1. Byrd’s devotional style and stories are relatable and her writing style engaging. Not only that, but I was truly encouraged by the truths she shared and the verses highlighted stuck with me throughout the day. Definitely what my hope is with any devotional!

If you’re looking for something daily to draw you closer to Jesus, I highly recommend this one!

(Thank you to Tyndale for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)

Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | CBD | Goodreads

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Author Interviews

4 Questions With Bestselling Author Sandra Byrd

Here’s 4 things you need to know about the wonderful Sandra Byrd:

1. She knows how to write a story…in any genre too. As I’ve mentioned, I absolutely loved her Ladies in Waiting Series and French Twist Series. Totally different eras, people, stories lines, but each fantastic.

2. She’s really awesome and one of my favorite authors.

3. In case you don’t believe #2, here’s this: She helps so many authors as a writing coach, how great is that?!

4. She’s 100% legit and you should read all her books. For real. Do it.

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I will publish in April, 2013. Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has published many nonfiction articles and books. She is passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

Now on to the interview!

1. What is something about your life right now that you would never imagined 5 years ago?
Ebooks! Holy smokes. Who would have imagined that we’d be carrying our books around on a small tablet, or that they’d look so good, or that we could simultaneously read a book and also look up a picture of Queen Elizabeth I online? I love it.

It also makes way for lots of really high quality Indie books that might not have made it to the market otherwise. Readers are the new gatekeepers, as it should be.

2. What is one thing that you would go back and do differently if you could?
I would trust my instincts sooner, and not second guess so much. A lot of time is wasted wondering, should I have? What if? Not that it’s not a good thing to learn from past mistakes, but spending too much time on what’s already passed prevents a person from moving on and it can be really self-focused.

3. What is one of the happiest moments of your life?
The births of my children, without a doubt.

4. What is one thing you want the next generation to know?
Love more and judge less. Tell others what they are doing right, not what you think they are doing wrong. Replace a critical word with an encouraging word. All of this applies to self talk, as well as what we say and do to others!

Thank you so much Sandra! In case you missed it, she has a new book out (released just last week) and it is fabulous!