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Book Review: Daily Guideposts 2011: A Spirit Lifting Devotional by Guideposts

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Daily Guideposts 2011: A Spirit Lifting Devotional, from the team at Guideposts, pretty much tells the reader exactly what is to be found inside the pages. A devotion has been written for every day of the calendar year from New Year’s Day to its eve in December. The 2011 version is significant because this is the 35th annual edition of the devotional.

Those who enjoy the magazine happily take on the task of finishing this daily digest of lessons by some of the publication’s most well known writers. Included are some special features to make reading even more enjoyable. After the end of each month, for example, there are pages where one can write down thoughts as well as answered prayers. These are separated by how many days each month has so ever day is covered.

At the front of the book is an update about how things have ever since the previous devotion year. New writers are introduced and passings are noted. This edition marks the particularly sad death of Fred Bauer, a Guideposts editor and contributor to every volume through 2010. While nobody is able to fill his shoes, Anne Adriance is a new face to enjoy.

The section titled “Fellowship Corner” lies at the back of the volume. Inside are updates from each individual contributor on how the year has gone. For regular readers, this is a way to help stay in touch. Some of these entries even include an address or personal website in order to find out more. Writers enjoy knowing how they make a difference in people’s lives, and this is an excellent way to do so,.

From time to time, a writer will take on a particular subject matter. Brock Kidd shares how a relationship breakup goes from painful to a fresh start. Marion Bond West offers a peek inside the point at which she meets a new friend and the togetherness turned into much more. Roberta Messner trades in a life of living large to one with simplicity. John Sherrill takes a trip overseas with his wife, and they discover new insights for daily living.

Anybody who picks up Daily Guideposts 2011 is bound to find something worth the read while thumbing through pages. The devotions are easy to understand, while the simplicity lends itself to a wide appeal.

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  • suesummer

    Brock Kidd was NOT finished processing this break-up enough to write about it. Needed more therapy and more distance. These past few days have made it clear that this was not a relationship but a form of witness. I think the intended was wise to end things: Brock did not consider this a relationship between equals. I am baffled why Guideposts is printing this journaling/therapy as devotions!

  • susanmiller

    I thought Brock Kidds writings in Guideposts were inspirational. I thoroughly enjoyed his writings. Has he published any books? I would certainly like to purchase them.