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Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings [Kindle Edition]

Jim Reimann , L. B. E. Cowman
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In a barren wilderness, L. B. Cowman long ago discovered a fountain that sustained her, and she shared it with the world, Streams in the Desert -- her collection of prayerful meditations, Christian writings, and God's written promises--has become one of the most dearly loved, best-selling devotionals of all time since its first publication in 1925. Filled with insight into the richness of God's provision and the purpose of His plan, this enduring classic has encouraged and inspired generations of Christians. I heard the flow of hidden springs; before me palms rose green and fair; The birds were singing; all the air was filled and stirred with angels' wings. Now James Reimann, editor of the highly acclaimed updated edition of My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers, again brings us the wisdom of the past in the language of today, by introducing this updated edition of Streams in the Desert. With fresh, contemporary wording and precise NIV text, the timeless message of the original flows unhindered through these pages, lending guidance and hope to a new generation of believers. We never know where God has hidden His streams. We see a large stone and have no idea that it covers the source of a spring. We see a rocky areas and never imagine that it is hiding a fountain. God leads me into hard and difficult places, and it is there I realize I am where eternal streams abide. Day by day, Streams in the Desert will lead you from life's dry desolate places to the waters of the River of Life -- and beyond, to their very Source.

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'Fresh water from a time-tested fountainhead of faith' -- Gary Smalley <br><br>

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For years, the beloved classic devotional Streams in the Desert has sustained and replenished God's weary desert travelers. Now, bursting forth like a sparkling-clear river of wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration, this updated edition of Streams in the Desert promises to revive and refresh today's generations of faithful sojourners, providing daily Scripture passages from the popular, readable New International Version?and modern, easy-to-understand language that beautifully captures the timeless essence of the original devotional.

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  • File Size: 929 KB
  • Print Length: 516 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 031023011X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Revised edition (September 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SETP8G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute goldmine of devotional readings! February 1, 2001
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I own many devotional books, but this one is my favorite! This classic book, released the same year as Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest", has been edited by James Reimann. It maintains the original beauty of the language and ideas while making it more reader-friendly for the readers of today.
Mrs. Cowman used many sources to come up with her the readings in this wonderful book. There is a list in the back of all the people whose works she had read in compiling this devotional.
In my opinion, one of the most useful features of Streams is that it has a Scripture Index. If you are studying a certain book of the Bible or specific passage, you can find out which days' devotions contain discussion of that particular Scripture. I lead a small group Bible Study in my home and I use Streams almost every week to gather information on the chapter we are studying. Streams in the Desert also has an Index by Contributor and a Subject Index.
I have given this book as a gift several times to people going through difficult times. People tell me that God really used this book to speak to them during their time of need. This devotional isn't just for people going through difficult trials -it is an excellent daily devotional on it's own.
Whether you use this book in your daily devotions, or for researching specific passages or topics, this is a must-have for any Christian's library! The CD project by the same name is an excellent album also.
I have wanted to write a review of this book for a long time, but have hesitated because I knew that I could not do it justice. Please order this book ... ... now and be blessed!
You might want to check out my other reviews of Christian books and music. God bless you!
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration and Comfort for a Lifetime December 18, 1999
Format:Hardcover
My grandmother was an ardent reader of the Bible. For the last thirty years of her life,(She lived to be almost ninety-six,) she was often found reading her favorite devotional books, as she sat on her huge Victorian bed, her smelling salts and her handkerchiefs by her side. She left me this book. It is for me,a symbol of her infinite wisdom and goodness, always provoking the memory of her unconditional love. In the last year, I pulled the worn book out of a box, where it had lain for over ten years. Its outside was shabby, worn, and the binding was practically broken. The minute I opened it, I sensed its magic and power. It is never far from me now. In this last year, when I have had many trials and tribulations, it has comforted me, encouraged me, and kept me strong. I highly recommend this book, especially the Anniversary Edition in Mrs. Cowan's own words. A book of exceptional power, written with passion and poetry, Streams in the Desert deserves a permanent place on the devotional bookshelf.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
There have been so many editons of this classic devotional work published since 1925 that I cannot find the proper listing under which to review the two hard cover volumes which I have read and own. So I do the best I can and list it under this particular listing.

Of the several daily Christian devotional guides I have read through the years Streams in the Desert, compiled by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, remains my favorite.

The devotions are of particular significance to those going through either physical or spiritual suffering and trials. The writing grows out of the trials, disappointments and

detours experienced by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cowman as they strived to serve their Lord. The content reveals the experience of the compiler as well as being, through both excerpts of poetry and prose, the distillation of the writings and experiences of others, rooted in the Scriptures and personal experience.

I became acquainted with the original work as published by Cowman Publications, Inc. as a student in the late 1950s. I presented Vol. I to my mother for Christmas in 1959 (the fortieth printing). After Vol. II was released in 1966 from the files and unpublished writings of Mrs. Cowman, I presented the second volume to my mother for Christmas in 1967. My mother loved and found much comfort and instruction from these two volumes. After my mother's death in December 2002 I reread Vol. I in 2003. My mother and I both thought Vol. I was superior to

Vol. II.

Any readable volume, new or secondhand, that can be obtained of Streams in the Desert, I would recommend; especially to those pondering the trials and deep mysteries of Christian faith and suffering.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort for Hard Times August 29, 2003
Format:Hardcover
I was given this book while undergoing extensive chemotherapy for stage four cancer and found it to be a wonderful resource for anyone going through difficult times. It is full of comfort and hope, while never minimizing the difficulties of sustaining faith in the face of human calamities. I now buy it four or five copies at a time to give to other Christians who are facing hard times of any sort. Highly recommended.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NO HOUSEHOLD SHOULD BE WITHOUT THIS BOOK August 10, 2009
Format:Unknown Binding
This is the best Devotional Book I have ever read! Every author, of this compilation, has gone through much pain and sorrow! There are many, many encouraging words in this book. I've given away dozens to hurting people and I will continue to do so. There will always be a need for this book! Are you suffering in any way? Get this book! Are you in a desert experience? The Water of Life you will receive from this book will bless you and give you HOPE! STREAMS IN THE DESERT will refresh every thirsty and weary traveler!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Devotional
A very nice devotional, perfect for daily reading. Each day has one or two Bible verses & and nice devotion to go along with it. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mary B Michell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I received this years ago as a gift and have since given it as a gift numerous times. Amazing how this little book speaks to you.
Published 5 days ago by connie
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Classic
If you are older I particularly think you will love it - a lot of encouragement and many wonderful poems.
Published 6 days ago by Carl D. Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gratefully.
Thank you for everything. The streams in the desert is AWENSOME. Every day I usually read it. This book is blessed!
Published 11 days ago by andrea mello
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarks concerning the book "Streams in the Desert" by Mrs. Chas. E....
I am the owner of the "Thirteenth Edition", copyright 1925 by Mrs. Chas. E. Cowman.
This copy belonged to my grandmother who was born in 1882 and died in 1944. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Beryl Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars I do not go anywhere without this treasured book
Decades ago my aunt gave this book to me. The daily devotions never lose their impact on me as I read them year after year. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
I found this devotional to be one if not the best there is! The daily reads speaks to life as we live now, thought provoking and sincere.
Published 1 month ago by Jessica Adey
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what i needed
Although it targets those going through difficult times, I find it a wonderful daily devotional through good and bad - excellent biblical truths for any stage of life! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laurie McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars I read it every year!
I just can't seem to put this one back on the shelf. Such a wonderful devotional. I have given it to so many people for presents!
Published 1 month ago by BostonEd
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Beautiful Devotional
Streams in the Desert is a wonderful, beautifully written devotional. I was thrilled to be able to have it on my Kindle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cherylyn E. Blanckaert
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Mrs. Charles E. Cowman worked as a pioneer missionary with her husband in Japan and China from 1901 to 1917, during which time they helped found the Oriental Missionary Society. When Mr. Cowman's poor health forced the couple to return to the United States, Mrs. Cowman turned her attention to caring for her husband until his death six years later. Out of Mrs. Cowman's experiences and heartbreak came her first book, Streams in the Desert, followed by its companion Springs in the Valley. During the next twenty-five years, Mrs. Cowman inspired several nationwide Scripture distribution campaigns and wrote seven more books. Finally, on Easter Sunday in 1960, at the age of ninety, Mrs. Cowman met face-to-face the God she had served so faithfully for nearly a century.

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