Monday, January 1, 2018
Habits of the Heart: 365 Daily Exercises for Living Like Jesus- Katherine J. Butler
Description: Are you “out of shape” spiritually? Do you long for a life that is fully and deeply engaged with the Creator? Does your heart ache to be transformed by God? Real change happens only when we train ourselves to be in the habit of exercising our hearts in the practice of godliness. The Bible says that training the body is of some value, but the most important thing we can do is to train our spirit. Habits of the Heart will help you develop practices that draw you into a deeper and lasting relationship with God. Each day of the year, this simple guide will help you focus on one essential aspect of your walk with God and show you how to make it a habit.
Features: Unique cover material featuring wood texture stamped with a bronze foil Elegant interior design with full-color end papers and a ribbon marker 365 devotions offer a meaningful, yet practical, way to exercise your heart in the practice of godliness Each week immerses you in a specific practice: conversational prayer, unplugging from life’s daily grind, waiting on God, being watchful, and much more.
My Thoughts: When I first picked this up for review, I was not expecting it to be as small as it is. Each day's exercise includes 1-3 verses along with a paragraph or two explaining what it is that you should do that day. Some times the book asks you to do actual tasks, like chose a different drive to work or to give something you own to someone else, however most of the exercises are mental and reflective ones.
To be honest, I did not find the exercises to be long enough. I would have preferred something that I could devote more time to and to really grapple with each week's lesson. Because the exercises were so short, I usually read two or three in one sitting, combining the exercises into one. Now, this definitely defeated the point of it being a 365 day plan, but once I finish, I can always go back and start it over again.
And that plan is something that I already think I might do. The exercises, though short, are most often good ones. There were some that I thought were silly, and a few which I did not believe to be applicable to my situation, but overall, I enjoyed it. I would recommend it to those looking for something short which they can do at the start of the day (all of the exercises require that you read them in morning and then act on them later as you go about your regular schedule), just not to those searching for something immersive.
I have provided an honest review after having received a copy of this book from the publisher.