About the Book
Connecting With Christ
Editor: Yolonda Tonette Sanders
Genre: Nonfiction, Inspirational
Release date: November 30, 2021
Self-care is a buzzword often mentioned when people seek to optimize their health. Suggested self-care practices tend to include activities such as exercising, getting a massage, or eating a healthy diet. While all of these actions have their place, none of them are sufficient enough to provide the soul-care we need to maximize our self-care. Self-care without soul-care equates to temporary solutions that leave us searching for the next new thing. However, when Christ becomes the center of our holistic health journey, we not only find fulfillment in Him but also a dependency on and trust in Him to truly live our best lives-emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
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Connecting with Christ is an inspiring collection of 52 devotions that have been compiled into 12 different themes for the 12 months of the year. Readers can, however, decide if they want to read these devotions randomly, by a specific theme, or consecutively, week by week and month by month. The first 4 devotions relate to Renewal and the last 4 cover Giving, but there are so many other relevant topics in between. As I browsed the 11th section that is titled Thanksgiving, I was reminded that "Gratitude is a matter of attitude. If we are determined to thank Him, we won't have to search hard or long for reasons why." This is just one of the many thoughts that editor Yolonda Tonette Sanders and 17 other contributors share. Invaluable thoughts that inspire, motivate, and encourage!
I especially like the format that Sanders has chosen. Each devotion has scripture, the author's observations, a prayer, and a place for me to write my own thoughts. Connecting with Christ is a devotional to read and savor, and it's one that can be used individually or in a small group study. I recommend it to all who want to deepen their Christian walk.
I received a copy of this book from the editor via Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a favorable review and I'm sharing my own thoughts.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Editor
Yolonda Tonette Sanders is the CEO of Yo Productions, LLC and co-founder of the Faith & Fellowship Book Festival. Her writing portfolio includes academic papers, novels, short stories, poems, and other creative works. She is an editor for a national publication, a professor, and serves on several boards and associations. Yolonda holds two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree, and is currently completing her Ph.D. in organizational leadership. She treasures her relationships with family and close friends. Yolonda is blessed to be the wife of David; mother of two adults, Tre and Tia; “Nini” to her grandchildren, Khari and Khia; daughter of Eddie; sister to Milton; and dog mom to Paco.
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Have you ever started a daily devotional but didn’t finish because you found yourself getting behind schedule and frustrated? One missed day turns into two, then the missed days pile on until we often do one of two things: a) have a marathon session to “make-up” the missed days’ readings; or b) abandon the devotional altogether. Neither of these options help with our spiritual growth. When we have marathon sessions to catch up, reading the devotional becomes a checklist item instead of us taking the time to glean the spiritual message or lesson to be learned. When we abandon reading the devotional, we miss everything still. Those great books end up collecting dust until we try again the next year only to repeat the same process.
Yep, I’ve been there! Having had such experiences, I sought to create a devotional that people could actually finish. Plus, let’s face it . . . we should read our Bibles every day, but devotionals are optional. Yet, sometimes people replace devotionals with reading the Bible. I didn’t want that either! So, Connecting with Christ is a 52-week devotional with just one reading each week. Not only was this a practical approach, but it was also purposeful. The desire behind this technique is for readers to have time to meditate on Scripture! Connecting with Christ is a devotional that readers can and will complete that will inspire them to dig more into the Word!
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