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Devotional Books

Fr. Charles Erlandson
The list author says: "There are many popular devotional books out there. Here is a smorgasbord of different devotionals books with many different styles and from different eras. There should be something here for everyone to lead them a more profitable devotional time!"
The Confessions
The Confessions
"The Confessions is one of the most important literary and spiritual classics in Western civilization. It’s a profound and brilliant spiritual autobiography. What’s most moving about The Confessions is Augustine’s engagement with God. “The Confessions” is a book that may be read as devotional literature, autobiography, theology, and literature."
Give Us This Day: A Daily Bible Study, Devotion, Meditation, and Prayer For the Whole New Testament - Vol. 1: Matthew
Give Us This Day: A Daily Bible Study, Devotion, Meditation, and Prayer For the Whole New Testament - Vol. 1: Matthew
"In keeping with this deep reading of Scripture by the early church, IÂ’ve written a devotional commentary for each and every passage of the New Testament that is more in-depth than most devotional books. I also provide a Prayer, Points for Reflection, and a suggested Resolution for every day."
The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast
The Screwtape Letters: With Screwtape Proposes a Toast
"“The Screwtape Letters” is one of the most profound and unique works by C.S. Lewis. The startling originality of “The Screwtape Letters” remains as fresh today as it did when Lewis first published it in the 1940s. By portraying demonic advice, it puts the reader on guard against spiritual temptation and makes for engrossing reading. It’s a rare book that’s worth reading more than once."
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
"“Letters to Malcolm” is filled with the same godly insight and striking phrases that we find in his other writings. What a wonderful thing it is when you have the greatest Christian writer of the 20th century (Lewis) writing about one of the most important topics (prayer)! “Letters to Malcolm” will make you think about how you pray more than just about any other book on prayer."
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life In God
"“The Divine Conspiracy” is, like the Kingdom of Heaven itself, a feast for the soul.  One of the things Willard does best is to deal a problem which he diagnoses as “overfamiliarity” with Jesus and His message.  One of the greatest benefits of the book is that Willard has a way of giving the reader forceful thoughts and memorable quotes."
Devotional Classics: Revised Edition: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups
Devotional Classics: Revised Edition: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups
"Foster and Smith’s “Devotional Classics” is a rare devotional book that fits truly blesses the reader in a deep way. The devotional selections introduce us to saints from all ages of the church and leaves us wanting to read more of their works"
Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home
Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home
"“Prayer: Finding the HeartÂ’s True Home” by Richard Foster is a good place to start for the many people who want help in praying.  The most beneficial aspect of FosterÂ’s book is that he presents and describes 21 kinds of prayers that we might pray.  In this way, he expands our vocabulary of prayer, and therefore he deepens our experience with God."
Spiritual Companions: An Introduction the the Christian Classics
Spiritual Companions: An Introduction the the Christian Classics
"Many of us are looking for better, deeper devotional material. In “Spiritual Companions” Peter Toon introduces us to 100 spiritual companions – devotional writers and their works that may help lead us closer to God. I wish, however, that Toon had included a devotional excerpt from each that I could savor for myself."
The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life (Dodo Press)
The Practice of the Presence of God the Best Rule of a Holy Life (Dodo Press)
"This little book will help you “pray without ceasing,” which is the missing part of the lives of many. Brother Lawrence was able to achieve this by continually turning to God throughout the day as he worked in a kitchen and by carrying on a familiar conversation with God before, during, and after work. It will definitely contribute to a deeper devotional time."
The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (Image Classics)
The Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius (Image Classics)
"The Spiritual Exercises are deep spiritual exercises that have benefited many over the centuries. While intended as a whole course of spiritual exercises for the few, many could potentially benefit from Ignatian examinations of the conscience and meditations on sin, the kingdom of Christ, biblical narratives, the Sermon on the Mount, humility, the Ten Commandments, the senses, etc."
The Imitation of Christ
The Imitation of Christ
"“The Imitation of Christ” is a cornucopia of devotional material, some of it better than others. What a Kempis  does well is place before the believer the continual need to seek Christ above all things. Another thing a Kempis does well is to keep pointing us toward eternity. However, itÂ’s too world-denying at times."
Lancelot Andrewes and His Private Devotions
Lancelot Andrewes and His Private Devotions
"One of the greatest resources for private prayer. They are some of the finest prayers and meditations composed by man. I use these prayers sometimes for my own devotional use and on other occasions. Though not set up for daily use, they can certainly become a part of your daily prayer and devotional life."
The 1928 Book of Common Prayer
The 1928 Book of Common Prayer
"A profound and beautiful resource for the prayer and devotional life. It expresses a comprehensive theology and spirituality and helps the individual Christian order his life around prayer, the Bible, and the Church. It gives a daily structure and words to the heart and has prayers for many occasions, including a section for Family Prayers at home."
My Utmost For His Highest - Deluxe (DELUXE CHRISTIAN CLASSICS)
My Utmost For His Highest - Deluxe (DELUXE CHRISTIAN CLASSICS)
"The granddaddy of 20th century devotional books is still a favorite. Chambers wrote in a simple format: one verse from the Bible, followed by one page of devotional writing. He writes simply, forcefully, and practically. However, such devotional books are limited because Scripture is meant to be read in its entire context, and not as single verses."
Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15 (The New Testament for Everyone)
Matthew for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1-15 (The New Testament for Everyone)
"“Matthew for Everyone” is part of the New Testament series of books by N.T. Wright. The series is nothing less than sensational and, in spite of his contributions to theological debates, is one of Wright’s most important contributions to the good of the Church. Although billed as a commentary, it has wonderful devotional material."
Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings, Lectionary Cycle A
Ancient Christian Devotional: A Year of Weekly Readings, Lectionary Cycle A
"The “Ancient Christian Devotional” helps Christians connect to the saints and Church of all ages. It provides a year of weekly readings for each week of the year. It’s a rich devotional resource that provides a structure for the devotions of God’s people, while drawing upon the riches of the saints of the past. Unfortunately, you’ll have to be a little creative to use it on a daily basis."
Abide In Christ
Abide In Christ
"“Abide in Christ” is a helpful but limited guide to abiding in Christ. What Murray says is good and helps to feed the Christian’s soul, and the lesson that we need to abide in Christ is an important one. However, Murray’s understanding of how we abide in Christ is a solely individualistic abiding in Christ, and Murray is too general in what he says."
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Revised and Expanded
Experiencing God: Knowing and Doing the Will of God, Revised and Expanded
"“Experiencing God” reminds people that God’s always at work around us, pursues a love relationship with us, and speaks to His people. The workbook questions can be particularly helpful. However, Blackaby focuses too much on individual, subjective experiences with God. He assumes too much that the way God spoke to people like Moses is normative for Christians today."
Streams in the Desert
Streams in the Desert
"In spite of its great popularity, this is not one of the most helpful devotional books. I donÂ’t dislike it or think that itÂ’s useless: there are just better ones out there. I donÂ’t like devotionals that take only one verse of Scripture at a time to write about. It also has an old-fashioned feel that is not only difficult to get into but often seems too sweetly pious without being very practical."