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"Skillful devotionals for those who face the challenge to 'fit it all in.' Biblically rigorous and deeply perceptive. Godly insights from a godly sister."
Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, counselor; speaker; author, Found in Him

"A ready resource for keeping our thinking focused on God himself. The devotionals helped me understand my fear or discontent and our Heavenly Father's provision."
Barbara Hughes, author, Disciplines of a Godly Woman; coauthor, Disciplines of a Godly Family

"Lydia Brownback calls Christian women to lift their eyes upward and find security, rest, and peace in a sovereign God whose promises never fail!"
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About the Author

Lydia Brownback (MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the author of several books and a speaker at women’s conferences internationally. When time allows, Lydia blogs at lydiabrownback.com. She has served as director of editorial for Crossway’s Book Division; writer-in-residence for Reverend Alistair Begg; and broadcast media manager for Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, where she produced The Bible Study Hour radio program with James Montgomery Boice. Some of Lydia's books include the On-the-Go Devotional series as well as A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything.

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  • Series: On-the-Go Devotionals (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (March 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581349580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581349580
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By L. Wiggins VINE VOICE on June 3, 2008
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Contentment is the second installment for the On-the-Go Devotionals Series by Lydia Brownback. Small, concise, and thought-provoking, these on-the-go devotionals confront discontentment, frustration, and unhappiness, the attitudes and feelings all women experience at one time or another, perhaps daily. "Unhappiness does not spring from what we lack. It springs from our desire for what we lack," Brownback writes. I have tried to convince myself at times that while I may not be happy about a situation, I can be content. After all, I have been told time and time again that being a Christian isn't about being happy. What Brownback would have me understand is that contentment is biblical happiness, for "happiness, or contentment, comes from where we look and what we believe, not from what we have."

Happiness is something we all want. In America, it is elevated to a birthright. Most people believe that if they just change this or have that, they will be happy. We may be discontent with any number of things, our circumstances, our abilities, our level of prosperity, to name a few. Brownback addresses several avenues in which women seek to find contentment: marriage, children, career, food, pornography, alcohol, sex, television. We go about it in different ways, but we all eventually come to the same realization: This isn't satisfying me; I'm still discontent and unhappy. Brownback explains this is because we have sought happiness in an idol. Brownback's devotionals are written to help women confront idolatry in its various manifestations and to inspire women to place every ounce of their hope in Christ. God has designed us to find happiness, joy, and our deepest delight in Him. He loves us so much that we won't be content until we learn to find it in Him alone.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By hholsenback on January 31, 2011
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This is the best devotional I have ever read, I frequently read more than one at a time because I need the spiritual reality check. Lydia is very gentle, but speaks biblical truth to those who are hurting, disillusioned, and generally discontent. I found myself in this spot after a long journey of infertility resulting in a miscarriage. This book helped me to realize that I was placing my identity in my status as a mother, wife, and doctor, rather than as a daughter of Christ. I stumbled upon this book after buying Idols of the Heart by Elise Fitzpatrick, and it was the best thing ever for where I was in my spiritual walk. Beware, you will be convicted, but very gently and with Godly reasoning. Trust is just as good, I am currently enjoying Joy and have yet to read Purity. Thank you to Lydia for improving my walk with God and getting me through a really tough time. Now I'm on my way to Africa as a missionary, and Contentment, Trust, Purity, and Joy are going with me in my suitcase!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Heather Thieneman on June 26, 2013
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The short chapters and the simple style of this book make it easy and enjoyable to read. As I flipped through the book I see a number of things that are underlined which means there were a number of things that were helpful to me. In general, the teaching of the book is sound. However, there are a few things that trouble me.

In the introduction and in the last chapter of the book she says that contentment and happiness are one and the same if we interpret them Biblically. She doesn't give a basis for this claim and I cannot find one in Scripture. This may not seem like such a big deal, but when the whole book is about contentment, it is important to define it accurately and I cannot account for why she makes such a claim. The word happiness isn't used in the KJV, but the word happy is used a couple of times and Vine' s translates it as "blessed, happy." It's from a word meaning large. It is most often translated blessed as in the Beatitudes. The word contentment is defined by Vine's as "satisfaction with what one has" and is once translated contentment (1 Timothy 6:6) and once translated sufficiency (2 Corinthians 9:8). I don't see how the words can be said to have the same meaning or that they are used interchangeably in the Bible. Happiness is a much stronger emotion involving great blessing, contentment involves recognizing that one has enough. Food and clothing are cause for contentment (I Tim. 6); inheriting the earth and seeing God are cause for happiness (Mt. 5).

Her main point is that neither happiness nor contentment can be found in things, but must be found in Christ and that is very true. But if we lose the meaning of words, we lose the foundation for everything in the Bible.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bettamom on March 2, 2012
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Contentment is certainly lacking in our culture which wants more and more of everything, and I'm no different. I can use a daily dose of contentment, and this devotional gives you just that. You can read it through and just start over when you are finished. Godliness with contentment is great gain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Finn on January 28, 2013
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This book is a really good read. It is so uplifting and encouraging. From reading this book I have found ways of being content. Being content in my circumstances is very important. This book encouraged me to look to Jesus and find my contentment in Him.
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