Sunday, December 8, 2013

Devotions from the Torah - {REVIEW}




Devotions from the Torah is a series of devotions based on the first five books of the Old Testament.  Currently there are 2 books available in the series currently and the other 3 are to be released in the future.  This series started with Nicole Vaughn writing in a spiral bound notebook as she poured her heart out to God.  Nicole desired to clear up some misconceptions she discovered she had about God and His Word.  She also realized that without knowing The Old Testament she couldn't accurately interpret The New Testament scriptures.  There is more about how Nicole and her journey to write the Devotions from the Torah Series here.

Devotions from Genesis: It's not just Ancient History is the first book in the series.  It goes from the creation and Adam in the Garden of Eden to the time of Joseph in Egypt.  As you go through this book, you will be able to see that you are not alone in your walk through this life.  

This devotional is broken up into 3 sections.  

     Section 1: Genesis 1-11: Discovering the Character of God and Man through the Creation, the Fall and the Flood
     Section 2: Genesis 12-36: Discovering Faith and Obedience through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
     Section 3: Genesis 37-60: Discovering the Comings of Christ and Trust in the Midst of Trial through the Life of Joseph


Devotions from Exodus: Part 1 Learning to Live in Freedom is the second book in the series continues in Egypt as the Israelites are now slaves of the Egyptian Pharaoh and their journey to freedom.  Here you journey through the book of Exodus with Moses.  

This devotional is broken up into the following sections.

     Moses Meets the I Am
     The Plagues
     Entering the Wilderness
     The Giving of the Law

One thing I really like about these devotionals is that they are not bound to dates.  You can read as much or as little as you need to for the day you are reading.  You don't feel like you are behind if you happen to miss a day of reading. Sometimes I give up if I feel behind on a devotion plan.  


Another thing I like about these devotions is how Nicole suggests you read the chapter assigned to the devotion before actually doing the devotion.  I really enjoy doing my devotions that way.  It prepares me for what I am about to study.


I am going to focus on Devotions from Exodus.  That is the one I have been working through on my own.  I did glance through Genesis too and definitely plan on working through that one as soon as I am finished with Exodus.  


I have always been fascinated with the story of Moses.  I grew up watching the movie The Ten Commandments and always loved that story.  But I never really took the time on my own to read the book of Exodus (which covers most of Moses' story) on my own.  


In going through this devotional I discovered something that is not uncommon today.  The book is better than the movie!  By reading my Bible before the devotion it helps to remind me what was going on during that time.  This gives me a frame of reference so I could better understand the underlying message.


The Exodus devotional deals a lot with trust, faith, providence and so many other things.  Joseph and his family got comfortable in Egypt.  This left them forgetting the promise that God gave Abraham.  The Promised Land was supposed to be their home, not Egypt.  It's easy to settle in to something comfortable.  It's not always easy to do something different.


I imagine that the Israelites were like the frog in the slowly coming to boil pot.  Then the new Pharaoh was installed and completely rocked the boat.  Then comes Moses with word from God that they are supposed to leave Egypt and go to the Promised Land.  At first I think excitement would kick in but then the reality of leaving what they were familiar with hits.  They are scared and not really trusting God or the man He sent to lead them.  


Nicole touches on all these points and more in Devotions from Exodus.  She emphasizes that God is always with the Israelites and uses that to remind us of that point.  It is one we often forget in our lives today.  


Early on she touches on how that it isn't the perfect who are called nor the equipped.  But those who He equips to do the job.  Moses wasn't equipped.  But God equipped him with what he needed to do the job.  Likewise He will do the same for us.  


There is so much in this first part of Exodus Devotional that is touched upon.  It really is amazing how much is in there when you take the time to really read and understand it.  


These are available from Amazon in print and Kindle.

Devotions from Genesis: It's not just ancient History is available from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle.

Devotions from Exodus Part One:Learning to Live in Freedom is available from Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle versions. 

Prices are as follows

Genesis - Paperback $12.59 ~ Kindle $8.95
Exodus - Paperback $12.59 ~ Kindle $8.49


Target audience: Women of all ages, Christians seeking to get a deeper devotional walk with the Lord, Older Teens and Young Adults 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Author Nicole Vaughn is the Children’s Ministry Director at Shiloh Baptist Church in Somerville, AL. She is the co-administrator of CrossRoads Christian Academy. She is the founder of Proven Path Ministries. She has also lead inductive Precept Upon Precept studies, has served as an advocate for her local crisis pregnancy center and has shared the testimony of Christ throughout her community and abroad. Nicole is a woman who is dedicated in her faith, devoted to her family, and driven to share the truth of God with others. She and her husband, Patrick, currently reside in Decatur, AL with their two youngest children. 

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