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"The last thing I need is another devotional telling me something more I have to do for God. Thank God this isn't one of them. It excels at reminding me about what God has done for me in Christ, which naturally fills me with gratefulness. And the funny thing: that prompts me to give myself to God afresh--ah, but in freedom! That's why this not-so-little devotional is on my reading stand, within easy reach. -Mark Galli, Editor, Christianity Today

The Mockingbird Devotional is a cut above any devotional I’ve ever read. The contributors understand something that so many others miss: that the Bible is not fundamentally about the work of the redeemed, but the work of the Redeemer. If you’re looking for a devotional that is unabashedly realistic, unashamedly intelligent, unapologetically accessible, and unwaveringly Biblical, look no further. This is, hands down, the best devotional on the planet. -Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and author of Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free"

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Founded in 2007, Mockingbird is an organization devoted to connecting the Christian faith with the realities of everyday life in fresh and down-to-earth ways. Five years and 62 contributors in the making, The Mockingbird Devotional is our most substantial project yet. Some of our other titles include Grace in Addiction: The Good News of Alcoholics Anonymous for Everybody, This American Gospel: Public Radio Parables and the Grace of God, The Merciful Impasse: The Sermon on the Mount for Those Who’ve Crashed (and Burned), and The Gospel According to Pixar. To find out more, visit us at mbird.com or e-mail us at info@mbird.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148402771X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484027714
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By B. Collier on June 17, 2013
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I came upon Mockingbird's website (mbird.com) a year ago this month and attended their fall conference three months later. I am an avid supporter of the Mockingbird website and any of the books that they work so tirelessly to publish. I have, since that fall conference, become a contributor for them as well. There it is. If I have a bias in this review, it is because I believe Mockingbird to be a beacon of light in an often-bleak world. More than anything else they have published, however, The Mockingbird Devotional gives the most complete representation of everything that the website, and the people who write and edit for it, hold most dear: the good news of grace for the beaten-down, discouraged, broken-hearted, weary and heavy-laden soul.

All of the contributors in this tome are intelligent, profound, concise and, often, quite witty. This is not your parents' devotional. This is not a devotional that urges you on to be better and do better, it is not meant to give you steps on how to have a better Christian life. No, it intends to impart `news from a far away country' that will give you life, not help you get it. The underlying assumption of every one of the devotions is that we all suffer, we all fail, we all falter and we all are crushed under the weight of our inability to live up to our own expectations and those of others (especially those of God). These devotions set out to show us grace in the midst of the rubble of our defeat, to give us a "hot, soft light" (to quote The Hold Steady) in those dark nights of the soul. In a world of mixed messages, unhelpful `how-to' Christianity, and the burden of everyday life, Mockingbird delivers a series of words that cut through all of the noise to pierce our hearts and souls.
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After reading 2-3 days of this (I've now had it over 2 months), I realized this was no ordinary devotional. It's one I will use for years and years, never tiring of the daily reminders of grace that it gives. Walking through the general weariness and stress of life, it has so encouraged me. If you want to preach the Gospel to yourself daily, remembering that what Jesus has already accomplished on your behalf needs no additions, then look no further.

Often when there are a variety of contributors, as is the case with this devotional, there are some that are strong and some that you just want to skip over. You won't want to skip over anything here. Taking from the foreward by C. FitzSimons Allison, "these authors read scripture seeing themselves as dry deserts needing the irrigation of God. They look on others sinners not with condemnation but with compassion. They share in God's love for this desperate world. Their hearts are open to hear the poignant cries of the world in movies, events, and lyrics of the day."

My only "complaint" is that I'm afraid the paperback isn't going to hold up for very long because I reference it so much. I'd love to see a leather (or leather like) edition released.
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In a world that can be incredibly tiresome, The Mockingbird Devotional provides the encouragement that every Christian needs. It doesn't matter what Church you belong to or what denomination you are. Mockingbird Ministries has always connected the Gospel to everyday life in such encouraging ways, and now their insight is given to what are sometimes tough Bible passages. If you are a Christian looking for an amazing message of encouragement, I highly, HIGHLY recommend this amazing Devotional.
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Finally, a devotional without a 'to do' list to fail at for the day. Just a daily reminder of the love, grace and truth of Jesus Christ. I read 4-5 of these a day or whenever I need a quick reminder of God's love and mercy. Also, these devotionals are for everyone. This isn't an "adult" devotional, it is appropriate for any age for everyday. The contributors are honest and remarkably transparent with an obvious love for God and knowledge of scripture. I buy these as gifts for friends and family.

(My only beef with the latest printing is the addition of dates but thankfully I have a NYC conference copy ;).
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Mockingbird with its long history of grace vrs law- the freedom of grace - compliles the best of the best of their blogs and gives the reader an amazing daily recharge of grace. The illustrations are simple, the message is on target, the sincerity is of humility. A great one year devotional.
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I am well acquainted with the Mockingbird world, and know that their product us usually of high quality, but even among other great work The Mockingbird Devotional really stands out. So many devotional books you will find on the shelf of a Christian bookstore are "long on law and short on grace." They are so filled with dictums and shoddy self help advice clothed in Christianity that I honestly have mostly given up on a daily devotional as a way of studying Scripture. That being said, The Mockingbird Devotional is an absolute breath of fresh air. A great mix of Scripture that doesn't neglect some of the more difficult texts of the Bible, a variety of authors who are candid about their own struggles with living as Christians, and most importantly an open and honest diagnosis of the human condition of sin and a bold proclamation of God's good news to those of us who are desperate for it. Perhaps the highest praise I can give this devotional is it is the only devotional I have ever owned that I am excited to open every day, and actually helps to shape the way I live my day! Great work Ethan, Sean, and all of the contributors, and of course a shoutout to DZ is in order as well!
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