Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Review: Live Second

I've mentioned it many times before.  I love devotionals.  So to get an opportunity to review another devotional?  I was excited. This one is titled "Live Second" by Doug Bender, and includes 365 ways to make Jesus first in your life.

Let me start by saying that I'm not hugely technology-oriented.  Yes, I am a blogger and a user of computers and the internet, but that's about where it ends for me, pretty much.

The very first devotion starts with one of those little code thingies that you can use your smart phone to get more information.  Well it's supposed to be a video that you can watch... but I don't have a smart phone, so I can't watch the video.  Then, questions follow regarding the video I just watched, but didn't.  That type of devotion is typical for "Day 1" of each week.  A little frustrating.

The written devotions for the rest of the week were definitely thought provoking; encouraging the reader to deeper relationship with God.  They were relatively short, so if you don't have a large amount of time, you don't walk away feeling guilty.  In addition they covered a wide variety of topics. 

At the end of most days, the reader then gets to "tweet" their thoughts about the devotion for the day.  Again, I don't "tweet" so I was left feeling discouraged because I felt like I was missing out on the whole experience.

So, with all that said, did I think this book had value?  Absolutely.  But, as someone who doesn't own a smart phone or doesn't "tweet", I'm not sure if I would pay to own a copy of this book for myself.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided with a free copy of this book by Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. 

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