When choosing a book, I often lean towards selecting a book that will encourage me and help me to grow spiritually. I also am drawn to devotionals. “Always We Begin Again” meets all three of those requirements! I had never read a book by this author, so I was excited to dig in.
The book is split into 100 daily readings. I read the book in a few days, so it can be a quick read, but I would recommend reading it over 100 days. This makes it easier to digest and reflect on what you are reading. Each day’s reading was about two pages, and ended with a reflection question or two. The main message of the book is that no matter what happens, each day is a new opportunity to begin again.
I found many nuggets of truth within the pages of this book, but a few of my favorite quotes were:
“God is beside, before, and beneath us. We sink back into God’s great love and provision and we choose rest instead of relentless trying.”
“When it comes to transformation, God’s wrath is not the fuel. God’s love is the fuel. God is not a divine bully. He is a nurturing, protective mother and father. God so loved the world that he sent us a way out of our own closed hoops of striving and trying. He sent us a new way: his grace. All of it, all of it, was motivated by love.”
“Your circumstances do not define you. God does. So no matter how messy the Messy Middle is that you’re in right now, I believe there is a part of you that is deeper and more essential than anything you are going through. Your issues are not your identity.”
“Stress, chaos, urgency, and panic don’t have to control our lives. We actually have a say. We can allow ourselves the dignity of responding to our circumstances, even changing our circumstances, instead of just resigning to them.”
“We come to the door with our maladies and brokenness only to be received with revolutionary love. We come to the door with our jumbled-up fear and worry and our ferocious intensity, and we are met with grace. We come to the door, and we realize Chris was there knocking, all along.”
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a daily devotional to start or end their day, and for anyone who needs a little encouragement. I received a copy of this book from the Revell Bloggers Program, in return for an honest review.