Review: Ordinary Graces

Everyone loves to receive a gift.
And God has given us many, such as his grace-the gift we don't deserve and can never earn. Promises from the One who declares we are already loved, already accepted, already created in his image. The question becomes, will we truly receive that gift? Will the reality of it actually change the way we think and notice and reach out?
God's Word will stand forever, in any season of life. These truths prompt us to respond with compassion and courage.
Through inspiring devotions, Lucinda Secrest McDowell reveals biblical blessings that remind us that: God's promises give us strength, God's grace can be most evident at our weakest points, a proper response to our abundance of blessings is simply gratitude, and the "more" we are all looking for is the same abundant life that Jesus came to give us.
Would you like to receive these gifts of ordinary grace? Join Lucinda in focusing on one word a day through devotional readings and short benedictions for any and every season to explore the many facets of Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life.

        `Ordinary Graces ~ Word Gifts for Any Season` is a daily devotional by author Lucinda Secrest McDowell. There are devotions on Grace, Strength, Gratitude, and Life. Scripture verses come from the Common English Bible, Contemporary English Bible, English Standard Version, Good News Translation, and King James Version.

        This is a woman's devotional book with 120 devotionals. The object is to concentrate on a different word every day depending on what season you are in. There is a short scripture verse, followed by a devotional and then a prayer.

        I prefer the print size and think the cover sets off the book. I highly recommend this devotional to youthful women as well as those who are older. The size of the book is perfect for carrying in a purse.

Meet the author:

Lucinda Secrest McDowell is the author of 13 books, including Ordinary Graces: Word Gifts for Any Season and Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season, has contributed to an additional 30 books, and has been published in more than 50 magazines. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Furman University, she speaks internationally through her ministry "Encouraging Words." An award-winning writer who has earned accolades from prominent writers' conferences and retreats, McDowell directs reNEW-retreat for New England Writing and has also worked in radio broadcasting and on church pastoral staffs. She writes from "Sunnyside" cottage in Connecticut. Find her online at

Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."


Sandee said…
Sounds like a lovely way to start each day.

Have a blessed day and week, Michelle. ♥
Marilyn said…

Thanks for bringing us another devotional book to consider for the new year. I love that this devotional is based on words. Words of grace, strength, gratitude and life. Those are definitely I need to focus on.

Thanks for this informative review.


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