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The Mockingbird Devotional: Good News for Today (and Every Day) Paperback – April 12, 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
(My only beef with the latest printing is the addition of dates but thankfully I have a NYC conference copy ;).
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Everybody needs a dose of the gospel each day. As Luther would say, your daily drowning (in the freeing waters of baptism). This book was great. I say was because my dog ate it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Consistently finds the gospel in every message and blends recognizable pop culture which improves its traction with me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. M. Smith
This devotional is so stupendous that I bought two more for family members. Thank you for putting this together. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Becky Johnson
This is an amazing devotional. I absolutely love it and have given it to so many friends. I have read and re-read this and learn something new each time (not sure if that is a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by The Sultry South
Because of the devotional's reputation, I knew it would be good--but frankly it exceeded all expectation.Published 13 months ago by Elijah Coryell
Best devotional I've ever read. I started reading one a day, but I quickly sinked into reading it as a book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Matt Kroelinger
This is an excellent devotional with many contributors. I have been buying these for friends as gifts. Highly recommend.Published 19 months ago by Molly Heckenberg
This was all that I expected it would be and more from the people at Mockingbird! I'd been waiting for it to come out on Kindle and now I have it with me every morning... Read morePublished 19 months ago by toddthick