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Friday, August 26, 2022
About the Book
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.
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!
One of the things I like about devotional books is that there is always something within the pages that will bless you, strengthen you and help you grow closer to Christ. This book offers different topics in an easy to follow format. It is a quick read and includes pages where you write notes and prayers at the end of each chapter. What is really nice about this book is we get to experience different authors as they talk about specific topics. I like this format because we can see their style of writing and thoughts on scriptures as well as subjects. Their are no dates in the book so it can be started anytime during the year.
The best way I could write my review is to highlight a few of the subjects that really spoke to me. On week 20 the subject is about Finding Strength in God. I chose this one because I have been going through trial after trial while losing hope. The author from this topic mentions mental health. I struggle with anxiety, panic attacks and depression. It is not something I like to talk about because of the stigma mental illness has in our country. This chapter encouraged me to turn my cares over to God and allow Him to help me renew my mind and lean on Him.
The other topic I chose to discuss can be found in week 46. It talks about Gratitude is an Attitude. Okay first I have not been grateful lately because I have let my problems consume me. I think I am taking one step forward and get pushed back two steps. Gratitude is “a matter of perspective…a choice.” I can stay in my circumstances or I can be grateful for the new granddaughter I have and a faithful and loving husband. See I do have things to be grateful for. Now it is up to me to change my attitude and be grateful for God and His unconditional love. I am learning that the trials I am going through are teaching me lessons I really need and being able to admit that I will fall down but with God I will become stronger and more grounded in His Word.
This book would make a great gift to someone , grab a copy of yourself and can always be used as a small Bible study.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.