Although the genre of Amish fiction isn't always my favorite, there have been several Amish fiction novels that I did enjoy. Tricia Goyer is one of the Amish fiction authors that I have enjoyed. So I was interested in reviewing The One Year Book of Amish Peace, a year of devotional readings.
The book is divided into seasons, months, and days. It can be used any year as there are no specific days of the week listed, only days of the month. Each season is preceded by an Amish recipe and each day has a fact about the Amish listed.
There is a short Scripture reading for each day and then a devotional to go along with that Scripture. The devotionals refer to the Amish culture and things within the Amish lifestyle, but they are definitely applicable to anyone. At the end of each devotional is a short prayer to read as you finish the day's devotion.
I love daily devotionals like this. Spending daily time in God's Word is very important. But often our lifestyles are busy, and it is difficult to have long periods of time to read each day. Also, some people- especially newer Christians- have a hard time knowing just where to start in the Bible and what to read. A devotional like this helps readers get into Scripture daily in a quick and concise way, and it guides daily reading.
This devotional, with it's Amish themes, will be especially appealing to readers of Amish fiction. Even though that's not always my favorite genre, I also enjoyed the glimpse of Amish life. The devotions are simple enough to read quickly, but the themes they contain give me something to think over for the day. They are sometimes encouraging, sometimes inspirational, and sometimes convicting.
I can definitely recommend this one as a good read to use this year as a daily devotional. You can read more about the book on the Tyndale website here.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.