I loved Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven, so when I got the chance to review a devotional by Randy, Seeing the Unseen: Expanded Edition, I jumped at the chance. This 90-day devotional book can be read sequentially, or by searching the table of contents for a subject that addresses a particular need. Some of the devotional topics are humility, happiness, God’s sovereignty, giving, grace, love, and forgiveness…and those are just on the first of more than four pages of devotional titles!
The devotions are quite short and each includes a short message, “Perspectives from God’s Word” (related scriptures), “Perspectives from God’s People” (quotes from prominent Christians), and a link to a blog post at Eternal Perspective Ministries about that topic.
From the back cover:
Scripture tells us to fix our eyes on the unseen. Rather than focus on what will fade, we’re encouraged to lock our gaze no things of eternal value. But how exactly can we do that amid the immediate demands of life?
In this expanded edition of his devotional Seeing the Unseen, Randy Alcorn provides ninety inspirational readings that will help you view today through the lens of the eternal.
As we better grasp the realities of the spiritual realm, we gain a clearer perspective on our present life, including things like suffering, happiness, generosity, and peace. This transformative devotional equips to live with a right view of eternity — on that will shape not just what you believe, but how you navigate the challenges and opportunities of each day.
I’ve been reading these devotionals with my family after dinner while we’re still at the table and they’re the perfect length and depth! These readings are appropriate for late elementary age through adult.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. ***
Kyle Morey takes a 30-day journey with God and brings us along! In his first book, Ask God: My 30-day Experiment with Prayer and Its Potential to Answer Yours, Kyle takes real-life stories and applies scriptural truth to weave a transparent, humble and honest story. He takes personal experiences and shares his own vulnerability all while being a diligent steward of the doctrinal truths he shares.
Every day, after doing his “spiritual warmups (music, prayer and scripture study)”, Kyle asked God what message He had for the readers. He then faithfully wrote what he felt the Lord had for him to share each day.
The stories Morey shares are drawn from his own life experiences as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, CEO, husband, and father of five. His insights resonated with me on many levels. We all face many challenges, and Kyle offers much life-changing insight into overcoming obstacles by turning to the Ultimate Source of Wisdom for guidance—always pointing us, the “dear readers”, to that Source.
Morey uses many rhetorical styles, but one of the most effective is his use of questions. He writes:
Why immersion in water? Can anyone baptize? What is the symbolism behind this ancient practice? Is your baptism legitimate? Is mine? What about my friends, ancestors and others who didn’t know about baptism—or Christ, for that matter? Are they doomed to know a lesser fate? These are all great questions, perhaps the most important questions you will ever ask—if you truly believe that baptism is vital to yours and the world’s redemption.
Kyle Morey does an excellent job of giving us a glimpse into his life of devoted service to his fellow beings, and he doesn’t hide the fact that he isn’t perfect. I love the courage it took to write this book! Thank you, Kyle!
I’m an RN and a paramedic by training so when I heard the story of a man who was ‘coded’ for 40 minutes, was pronounced dead, who was left for dead for a short time… and then prayed over and shocked again…only to regain a heartbeat and pulses…AND has NO neurological deficits…well, I had to know more! This just doesn’t happen. I’m a Christian and I believe in miracles, although I’ve never seen one as dramatic as the one recounted in this book.
This is the story of Dr. Crandall’s conversion from a lukewarm Christian to someone who has the divine gift of healing IN ADDITION to being a medical doctor. It is a profound story. He recounts the fiery trial of watching one of his twin sons battle leukemia, and ultimately succumb, through the lens of someone who is searching for God and His hand in those trials.