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1.0 out of 5 stars New Age spirituality, April 28, 2011
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I had been recommended this book by 2 highly regarded acquaintances who have had a long history of solid Biblical foundations. The book contains many Scripture references, but when I finally got around to reading the introduction I was struck by the New Age-type viewpoint expressed. Too much of a mystical sentiment is expressed.I would recommend extreme caution in reading this devotional.
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Initial post: May 13, 2011 11:12:00 AM PDT
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Posted on May 13, 2011 11:12:43 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Feb 5, 2016 2:53:38 PM PST
While true that a broad array of doctrine is not covered. What can be overlooked is that with a daily devotional which is designed with a purpose and intent to influence readers toward a particular mood, the very use of that common theme invariably omits certain topics.
This is no conscious attempt to dodge core doctrine or teach life styles contrary to scripture. It is merely focusing on ones revealing that intended purpose and using relevant topics as they apply. To try to cover all themes of our Lord's message is to fragment the goals and detract from that original purpose.

Sarah Young speaks to her commitment and her very life reflects the devotion needed to serve in the mission field as she is a missionary. No doubt she has the knowledge to present other topics in an effective manner. Doing so would not be pertinent in the context of a daily devotional.

Christians often make judgments on matters which in their own merit and within other contexts might be appropriate but which are not appropriate in a different context.

I enjoy rich, in-depth study using the full array of Bible Study resources; from Study Bible notes, to original language source analysis via source dictionaries or lexicons and on to comprehensive expository commentaries. As one uses those resources to come to a full understanding, insight can be applied to the distillation of complex concepts.

It seems to me that could have been a source of Sarah Young's focus toward a sense of Peace and Calm. Still, a good way to start any day.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 10:38:15 AM PDT
Ray Lyon says:
What do you mean "mystical sentiment"? In fact, it is more challenging to my faith to believe what is being said in this book than not believing it. It is too good to be true. You mean that Jesus is ALWAYS with me... ?? No, that can't be possible! You mean I can FEEL his presence? No way, that's not right! We need doctrine, not experience! We can't trust God to keep us so we keep our own wits with sytematic theologies that would deny the possibility of a book such as this. Why? Fear.

One of Jesus' favorite sayings is "Do not fear"... this book dispels fear like a blazing torch in a bleak and damp cave.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 6:22:52 PM PDT
Cheryl Meril says:
Cited Scripture for each devotional.

Posted on Feb 5, 2016 9:51:24 AM PST
I agree. Yes, scripture, as one has mentioned, is "used" to back up her writings. But carefully consider is this the right use of scripture? To back up our thoughts? There is no call for repentance or to evangelism. This not the voice of the true Jesus that joyfully was willing to leave heaven, live on this earth and die for us.

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 6:32:10 PM PST
Rachel1234 says:
Thank you! :)
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