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The Mockingbird Devotional: Good News for Today (and Every Day) Paperback – April 12, 2013
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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 email@example.com.
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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. This book is encouraging and full of grace and, as all good "Christian books" should do, they don't give answers, but, instead, point to the one that has the answers, the one that beckons us, who are weary, to come unto him and drink the cold, living water that refreshes our soul.
I cannot recommend this devotional enough.
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.